Ghazi Movie Review – Intriguing Naval War Thriller

Ghazi Movie Review: The highly anticipated movie Ghazi is all set to hit the silver screens Friday, February 17, 2017, stars Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon in the lead roles with Taapsee in an extended cameo. The storyline of the movie is inspired from the true incidents of the Ghazi attack, a Pakistani submarine. Though there has been uncertainty over the actual cause of the sinking of the submarine until now, the film witnesses the Indian version. Both Pakistan and India have different views on the Ghazi attack, while Pakistan claims it was due to an internal detonation as she was carrying mines and larger batteries that caused accidental explosions inside the PNS Ghazi, while Indian version says the submarine was destroyed due to Indian naval action of S21, the Indian submarine.

Ghazi Cast & Technicians

Director: Sankalp Reddy
Producer: Anvesh Reddy, Venkatramana Reddy, Prasad V Potluri, NM Pasha, Jagan Mohan Vancha
Writers: Azad Alam (Hindi dialogues), Gangaraju Gunnam (Telugu dialogues)
Screenplay: Sankalp Reddy, Gangaraju Gunnam, Niranjan Reddy
Cast: Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Singh, Kunal Kaushik, Atul Kulkarni, Satyadev Kancharana, Nassar, Om Puri, Rahul Singh
Music:    K
Cinematography:    Madhi
Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad
Banner: PVP cinemas, Matinee Entertainment,
Distributor: Dharma Productions,  AA Films
Release date: 17 February 2017
Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes
Censor: U

Ghazi Movie Story

Ghazi is the first underwater/war at sea film ever in Indian cinemas, set in 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. The plot was neatly designed where the naval crew of S21 under command of Captain took on the PNS Ghazi which was sent on a mission to damage/sink INS Vikrant, the only aircraft carrier that Indian had during the war. The PNS Ghazi ventured into Indian waters which sank off the cost of Visakhapatnam.

Ghazi Movie Review

Although the actual plot of the movie was known which is new to Indian cinemas, movie lovers haven’t been used to this kind to movies in the past, so naturally they tend to compare it with Hollywood movies where this kind of movie are common. The war films in Hollywood are made in big budget bringing the actual Warfield and the related incidents live onto the screens but are Indian cinemas capable of making such cinemas? A common moviegoer might have lot of questions in mind before watching movies like Ghazi, however, the makers have justified it which will satisfy the needs of the common man.

This naval war drama was helmed by Sankalp Reddy which grabs the attention of the audience right from the beginning of the movie to the end.  The movie is short and crisp running for around 120 minutes with no songs or comedies yet it will engage you tight with the intriguing narration. The film revolves around the four characters Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and the Pakistani Captain and they essay the roles of Arjun Varma, Captain Ranvijay Singh, Devraj, and Executive Officer respectively, all of them are crew of S21, Indian submarine. Their characters where neatly designed that brings out the hardness of the naval thing. Taapsee has nothing to do much with the movie, and it appears her character was forced into the plot just for having a female lead.

Kay Kay Menon steals the show with his intense and tough character, how a naval captain should be and of course, he will impress everyone with an unbiased performance. Rana Daggubati and Atul Kulkarni on the other hand, impress everyone with their intriguing performance. There were lots of arguments and difference of opinions among the Indian naval officers in the first half, while the second half swifts to the more intense, patriotism and emotion.

There are moments for Goosebumps throughout the movie, and in the second half, the pace was diluted for a while and it gets intensified through the climax. There are few scenes that should have been presented better and it looks like they have rushed the climax portion. Of course, budget is a big concern for a movie like this, and that would have restricted makers to add more detailing to the scenes and that was noticeable here and there. Otherwise, Ghazi was a well deserved undersea war thriller. We recommend watching this movie in theatres and we believe Ghazi will not disappoint you!

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