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The Ghazi Attack Movie Review


Ghazi is an upcoming Indian war film directed by debutant Sankalp Reddy. The film is based on mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The film stars Rana Daggubati ,Taapsee Pannu ,Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni. Amitabh Bachchan lent his voice for the Hindi version of the film. Chiranjeevi lent his voice for the Telugu version of the film.The trailer was released on 11 January 2017. The film is scheduled to release on 17 February 2017. It is India’s first underwater/war-at-sea film.

The Ghazi Attack is inspired by true events from the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. The story is about an executive naval officer of the Indian Submarine S21 and his team, who remain underwater for 18 days. The film explores the mysterious circumstances under which the PNS Ghazi sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam in 1971. It is an underwater tale of the courage and patriotism of the men aboard the Indian Submarine S-21 who destroyed the Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi when it ventured into Indian waters to destroy the INS Vikrant.

“The Ghazi Attack” Movie Cast & Crew:

Director: Sankalp Reddy
Produced by: Anvesh Reddy, Venkatramana Reddy Prasad V Potluri, NM Pasha, Jagan Mohan Vancha Screenplay by: Sankalp Reddy, Gangaraju Gunnam, Niranjan Reddy
Starring: Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu
Narrated by: Chiranjeevi (Telugu), Amitabh Bachchan (Hindi)
Music by: K Cinematography Madhi
Production company: PVP cinemas Matinee Entertainment
Distributed by: Dharma Productions AA Films
Language: Telugu, Hindi

“The Ghazi Attack” Movie Story Line:

India’s first underwater war film tries to decode the mystery behind the sinking of Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. ​

An elaborate disclaimer at the beginning of The Ghazi Attack clarifies that though it is inspired by historic events, it is ‘purely a work of fiction’. While various versions of this underwater incident have surfaced, this film is based on the claim that India’s INS-Rajput (changed to submarine S-21 in the film) attacked Ghazi, resulting in its subsequent sinking near India’s eastern coast.

Led by the rebellious Capt Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon), his second-in-command Devaraj (Atul Kulkarni) and righteous officer Arjun (Rana Daggubati), S-21 is assigned a classified search mission after sources tip-off the Indian Navy of a Pakistani vessel infiltrating the Indian waters. Ghazi intends to target INS Vikrant (India’s aircraft carrier) in order to reach East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) by sea. What transpires between these two submarines once they get a whiff of each other forms the story.


Kay Kay Menon is a complete show-stealer as the impulsive, arrogant officer who believes in the philosophy of ‘save the nation not by dying for it but by killing the enemy’.

Rana Daggubati on the other hand plays a calmer version who ‘waits’ for the orders and gets to be a major player in the second half of the film.

Atul Kulkarni is impressive as usual and plays more of a peacemaker between these two characters. These aforementioned actors are the three ‘torpedoes’ of The Ghazi Attack Late Om Puri and Nassar do a good job in their minuscule roles. Unfortunately, Taapsee Pannu who is credited with a special appearance remains a mere spectator and could have had a meaningful space in the film. ‘The Ghazi Attack’ relies more on the team work rather than the individual act to extract impressive performances and this works in its favour.


On the whole, Ghazi is one of the most unique films that has come out in Tollywood to date. Very rarely do you get to see a film which has the right story, performances, and gripping narration which hold your attention completely. Superb performance from the lead cast and thrilling underwater war drama make this film stand apart from the others. On the flip side, Ghazi is a class film which will be a bit hard to make its way in the regular mass audience who look for sheer entertainment. Barring that small glitch of its reach, Ghazi is a must watch film which every Telugu movie lover who can be extremely proud off as stuff like this comes very rarely. Rating:  3.5/5

Reviewed by MovieMint Team


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