Rs. 18.50 CR

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The Ghazi Attack Review!

 

 

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.  A war film is not exactly common in Indian cinema, and one that focusses completely on a chapter from a conflict without digressing into romance, dreams and dances needs to be lauded, and Sankalp Reddy’s Telugu work, The Ghazi Attack – dubbed in Hindi and Tamil – has the ability to engross.

The Ghazi Attack starts with this disclaimer, before going on to declare that its intention is not to outrage or offend anybody, that it doesn’t in any manner support some of the expressions used by its characters, and that it makes no claim to historical accuracy.

Pakistan must be relieved.

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.

It is the second half of the film that rivets you to your seat and gives you the feeling of being within the claustrophobic confines of a submarine.

The nail-biting tension gripping both the sides of the divide as the two submarine commanders strive to outwit and torpedo each other make for a thrilling experience.

Most interestingly, director Reddy, backed by its producers one supposes, seems to have consciously decided not to explore any kind of romantic angle and force contrived songs on the viewers.

The Ghazi Attack is a riveting telling of a war story and absence of any unwanted distraction is only justified, though one is literally at sea trying to make sense of Tapsee Pannu’s — yes she is a East Pakistani refugee onboard a merchant vessel that is sunk by the Pakistani submarine — presence in this war film.

A captivating movie except Tapsee Pannu’s performance who was seen in a much better part and performed exceedingly well in Pink and the poor dubbing of the movie. Despite the hitches, this underwater thriller is worth a watch. It leaves you in awe of the soldiers, who lay their lives for their country.

COLLECTIONS

The Ghazi Attack started off quite decently and managed to put up a steady business over the weeks. The war drama collected approximately 2.50 Crores over the third weeke. It now stands with a total collection of 18.50 Crores nett at the domestic box office. The business of The Ghazi Attack till date is as follows.

Day 1 – 1.50 Cr

Day 2 – 2.25 Cr

Day 3 – 2.75 Cr

Day 4 – 1.50 Cr

Day 5 – 1.50 Cr

Day 6 – 1.125 Cr

Day 7 – 1.125 Cr

Week 1 – 11.75 Cr

Day 8 – 0.85 Cr

Day 9 – 1.00 Cr

Day 10 – 1.15 Cr

Day 11 – 0.35 Cr

Day 12 – 0.583 Cr

Day 13 – 0.583 Cr

Day 14 – 0.583 Cr

Week 2 – 4.25 Cr

Day 15 – 0.25 Cr

Day 16 – 0.60 Cr

Day 17 – 0.60 Cr

Week 3 – 2.50 Cr

Total – 18.50 Cr