The Ghazi Attack - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

A war thriller that has potential to tingle your patriotism and even bring you to your seat's edge. But for the melodrama and the technical stuff that seems just too implausible.



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35 reviewers have given The Ghazi Attack an average rating of 3.5/5.0 (?)

19 yays
5 nays
11 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...This then is what The Ghazi Attack adds up to: 70% cracking suspense (which is remarkable since we know the outcome from the start), 30% clumsy deshbhakti and mawkishness. War is not something any decent human being should celebrate. What this uncommon film achieves though for war films in India is worth a champagne glass or two. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Yet, it still deserves to be rated as an above average, one time entertaining watch due to its much better second half in particular. However the way Arshal Warsi looked, performed and entertained us all playing the original Jolly, was miles ahead than this ‘Star-studded half-heartedly written sequel’ without any slightest of doubt. ... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...War, as we all know, is an exercise in futility. This should not be the case with films about war. And God knows Chetan Anand and J P Dutta have shown us how spellbinding war cinema can be, given the required resources. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, THE GHAZI ATTACK is a gripping war drama that leaves a stunning impact. At the Box-Office, the positive word of mouth will help the film in a big way. Definitely, a must watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Karthika Raveendran, Bollywood Life ...If you want to see an inspiring story into which great effort has been put in to make it as real as possible, The Ghazi Attack is definitely for you. Also, there’s Kay Kay Menon. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansi Bengali, BookmyShow ...A brilliant star cast executing an intriguing story should not be missed. If you love war films, this is a noteworthy addition to the genre. Also watch it to know more about the lesser spoken of yet very important battle between India and Pakistan. ... full review

Thumbs up by SURESH KAVIRAYANI, Deccan Chronicle ...Madhi’s cinematography is brilliant; Shivaram’s art work is also notable as he recreates the submarine atmosphere. Though graphics are used, they are not obvious Definitely, ‘Ghazi’ stands on par with many Hollywood films of wars at sea. A must-watch film.... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Deo Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...The Ghazi attack is worth a watch only for this reason that it is a very different story from normal mundane bollywood, that it has a well delivered tight climax is an icing on the top. ... full review

Thumbs up by Samedha Arora, Desi Martini ...My final views, A commendable story, commendable performances, commendable cinematography and a commendable depiction of this issue. You will not regret this one. The Ghazi Attack thus stands out in Bollywood’s history of war films. ... full review

Thumbs up by Dhruvika Solanki , Desi Martini ...Overall, it’s a wonderful film, a must-watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Praachi Nagpal, Desi Martini ...The movie lacks finesse but it is the story line and the whole concept of a different type of Indian movie that makes you want to watch it and keeps you gripped. All in all, this movie is a must watch and something different from your typical bollywood movies which everybody needs a break from.... full review

So-So by Pihu, Desi Martini ...The second half keeps you on the edge of your seat as the submarines go head-to-head, firing torpedoes while dodging and defending themselves. ... full review

So-So by Bryan Durham, DNA ...Watch it once. More so, if you haven’t watched the likes of Hollywood films Crimson Tide or U-571. Watch this one for Rana and some great underwater action sequences.... full review

Thumbs up by Suman Sharma, Filmfare ...This taut thriller has a no nonsense approach. There are no songs, masala twists and over the top action. This is a good clean thriller that makes good with history and the naval setting. ... full review

Thumbs up by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA', FirstPost ...The Ghazi Attack is an ambitious film for a first-timer and Reddy does capture the frenzy of an underwater confrontation with some finesse. The strategising and head-to-head between two shrewd seamen at either end of the battle line is handled well as are the dynamics between the officers and crew aboard the ship. It’s not quite on target but it’s a fine effort. ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The cinematography is competent enough, underwater sequences look fairly believable and the scripted handicap (the S-21 malfunction due to a landmine blast) for showcasing the presence of mind of the Indian officers is handled believably. The pacing and tempo fuel tension in the effort. This film may not compare to Hollywood standards in terms of scale or budget but it certainly can get you going with its high tension theatrics and engaging one-upmanship. Worth a watch I guess! ... full review

Thumbs up by Josh, ...And that could be a direction thing. Sankalp Reddy, the debutante director, knows he's making a lean film with a small budget. He knows he can't be running after verisimilitude in terms of visual details. So he does the best thing possible - he shoots interesting details, lets his actors work on their performances, loses all flab of comedy and songs (no song in the film! woohoo!), and keeps a close grip on the pace. The score (K - yes, that's the composer's credit title), the visuals, the edits, they all work like a charm. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vishal Verma, ...All said and done, THE GHAZI ATTACK is a rare phenomenon on Indian screen. We don't have much war epics and further its shows underwater submarine combats and most important in today's Bollywood days - this ode to Mother India doesn't feature the current poster boy of patriotism Akshay Kumar and still its satisfyingly entertaining cinema that rings the right bells on our macho patriotisms meter. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gautaman Bhaskaran , Hindustan Times ...Really, an engaging piece of cinema. But what was Taapsee Pannu – as an East Pakistani refugee rescued by Varma from the high seas -- doing in the movie? Totally wasted after her performance in Pink. The rather poor dubbing is another minus point. But on the whole Ghazi is gripping. ... full review

Thumbs up by Suhani Singh, india today ...Stripped of all the saturated fats that we associate with Indian war films (courtesy JP Dutta) such as sentimental backstories of soldiers, romantic subplots that only serve to bore and unrealistic heroism, The Ghazi Attack, helmed by first-time filmmaker Sankalp Reddy, deserves kudos for its smart, smart filmmaking.... full review

So-So Indicine ...Conclusion: The Ghazi Attack mostly delivers on its promises. It is a solid, suspenseful, taut thriller that stays true to the story without going overboard on its jingoism. It isn’t perfect, there are certain plot points which are unnecessarily added and certain characters aren’t etched out well. But having said that, The Ghazi Attack should be watched because of the unique experience it provides. It is doubtful another submarine movie with such high production standards will release in Bollywood anytime soon. So as long as it is there in theatres, it deserves to be watched. ... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...The Ghazi Attack has a riveting story and good performances from its lead cast. It lacks perfection in terms of its visual appeal. A 3/5 for this one. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...Yup, you don't take your eyes off the screen. The production design appears exceptional, because it's unexpected. We don't make such movies in India, even while we've been watching such from the West since forever (Das Boot came out in 1981, for God's sake!). The captain of this sturdy ship, or director (Sankalp Reddy), as it were, I'm told, is a young first-time filmmaker from Hyderabad. Now that's the guy to watch out for. As is his debut. Of course. ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...On the flip side, the film gets somewhat predictable at certain points- like when the Indian sailors start singing the National Anthem during a moment of crisis and you know what is going to follow next. Also, the antagonist Commander Razak Khan (Rahul Singh) of the PNS Ghazi is trying so hard to play the baddie that his snarl and glower comes across as unintentionally funny in places.... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...The film packs in enough near-collisions, engine failures and torpedo evasions to keep you excited through most of the 125 minutes that make up its runtime. Cumulatively, The Ghazi Attack makes for a history worthy of repeating on the big screen. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Much water has flown down the Bay of Bengal since the 1971 Indo-Pak war changed the face of the subcontinent, but the PNS Ghazi mystery, at best a 1971 footnote, persists. This film does not do much to increase our desire to dive deeper and learn more about that obscure chapter. ... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Pal, ...All in all, "The Ghazi Attack" is utterly disappointing. ... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now ...What?! This never ending saga of jingoism mixed with scenes of churning, foamy waters will make you incontinent, not patriotic. The half star it earns is for the art director who thought that hanging a bunch of pineapples on one bunk would be such a cool thing to do! ... full review

Thumbs up by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff ...Nevertheless, if you love watching a war movie, that too about a mission that is mired under the weight of being 'classified' and under the sea, the truth about which can surface only exploring the depth of the sea bed, then The Ghazi Attack is a must watch film. ... full review

So-So by Nandini Ramnath, ...The Ghazi Attack is billed as the first Indian movie to be set on a submarine. It is also the first Indian movie to mine nationalism at the very depths of the ocean. Indian cinema’s quest for a flag-thumping moment will stop at nothing. ... full review

Thumbs up Sify Movies ...Among the spoilers, the lip sync of lead actors stands out especially in close-up scenes but it is quite dismissible in a tri-lingual war film. On the whole, a brilliant film about submarines and war underwater-something we've not seen in Indian cinema so far. Just sit back and enjoy the experience. ... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...A sad looking Taapsee Pannu is a token female (Bangladeshi in fact) presence, seemingly there just as a proof of Arjun’s bravery — having saved her in the high seas. For a change, the enemy is not shown in an entirely bad light. A character, in fact, talks of them not being impotent but by the end of the film their missed targets and rogue torpedoes do become a joke of sorts. ... full review

So-So by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ...While the visuals and special effects lack finesse, the film compensates for it with its riveting story. The second half keeps you on the edge of your seat as the submarines go head-to-head, firing torpedoes while dodging and defending themselves. 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. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...There’s not much to write about the technicalities. While the camerawork within the submarines is adequate, the VFX is terribly shoddy. All in all, The Ghazi Attack had solid potential to be one of the better war films in India, but unlike S 21, its torpedoes finally fail to hit their target. Let’s just say our Naval officers needed a far better film highlighting their dedicated service to the country. ... full review

Thumbs down ZEENEWS.COM ...Predictable from word go, "The Ghazi Attack" fails to engage, thrill or even evoke a sense of patriotism. ... full review