There is a certain amount of curiosity around the sinking of PNS Ghazi, the submarine that was sent to attack INS Vikrant at the Indian Naval port at Vishakhapatnam. A strong team of Naval officers led by Captain Rann Vijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon) stayed underwater for 18 days in their warship S21 until Ghazi sank. Now, the subject is for sure very interesting with only very few facts about this mission known to general public and for all of us who have the know-more keeda, this one is researched well and makes for a very good watch.
As the story is pretty much known, the makers focused completely on making the screenplay engaging. The submarines were recreated and ofcourse a lot of computer graphics used to show under water scenes set in the Bay of Bengal. We would not say that the graphics were very good but it's a decent attempt. However, in today's age, its high time we are at par Hollywood standards and do not settle with these just decent ones.
The Ghazi Attack does make for a thrilling watch but still lacks elements that would make it a wow entertainer. The patriotism that the Hindi film audience lives by is missing in the screenplay as well as in the actors' endeavors. Atul Kulkarni impresses the most out of the entire cast of the film, unfortunately Taapsee Pannu doesn't get enough screen space. Kay Kay Menon seems to be in a world of his own and Rana Daggubati is average. The rest of the supporting cast is strictly okay.
For his debut, Reddy makes a fair attempt but needs more finesse to get the best out of his characters and technicians. Cinematography isn't bad but the real star of the film is its background score that keeps you engaged. The film is made is Telugu and Hindi and will be dubbed in Tamil. Amitabh Bachchan's baritone does make the film sound grand though it did require much more effort. As we said, it's not a bad film, but could be much much better.
To conclude, yes, it's been long since we have had a war film and what's better is that debutante director Sankalp Reddy's 'The Ghazi Attack' is a complete underwater affair, in fact its India's first underwater war film. So go watch it.