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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.Read more
War films have their own charm. And a pretty much standard story arc too. The Ghazi Attack is something we know very little about, so that in itself makes for something to look forward too. However, the trailer itself has a slight flavour of jingoism masked under patriotism. Hopefully, it won't cross that thin line.
Fortunately, the trailer does point towards personal stories and characters. There is also an element of suspense in the form of the only lady in the trailer. And of course, with the likes of Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon in action, we are sure to have good performances.
The drama which could very easily become melodrama, looks like it is under control. Hopefully, this hunch will hold out to be true.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Whether or not it's true war story, The Ghazi Attack makes for a decent thriller. Once you have accepted all the technical jargon as true, that is. There is so much of the latter that believing the story is true becomes more and more difficult with every passing minute. Sure, sonar technology is mind-boggling and all the things shown might even be possible. There can still be no excuse for overt drama as the film progresses in a film that otherwise seemed to have been avoiding it.
What makes a person become a soldier? You can't deny him his patriotism once he is on the field,
War films with an undercurrent of mutiny always make for interesting stories. Your sensitivity is hooked from the word go because you know which country your loyalties lie with. But you are debating what side to be on, in the mutiny. What makes a person become a soldier? You can't deny him his patriotism once he is on the field. Is it wrong then, for him to follow his passion – of slaying the enemy without provocation? But if soldier were to follow this passion of theirs, there would be mayhem. These are the philosophies you are struggling with as you see the war between discipline-orders vs. killer instinct with an agenda.
This build-up is thoroughly engaging, even if the end is mighty predictable from the beginning. However, post-interval this gives way to melodrama that you would expect in a typical war film. That is disappointing at first and gets boring soon enough. Then, our beliefs in bravery and a human body's physical capacity are tested.
The melodrama of course, seeps into the performances – from dialogue delivery to glistening eyes to exaggerated expressions. In a shot earlier in the film, for instance Atul Kulkarni is flustered between what he thinks might be right and what his commander (Kay Kay Menon) is commandeering. Without a line you know why Kulkarni is doing what he is doing. Come second half though, you see him lecture another officer in an extremely affected manner. The tone of the film sinks into the regular fare, from a controlled, nuanced clash of characters.
Fortunately, the visual texture of the film stays the same. The film alternates between the murky blue, deep sea and the cringy, clanky, claustrophobic insides of a submarine without any respite. This makes the film stand out from the usual Hindi films and helps it stay true to what it wants to be – an uncomfortable, edgy watch. If only, the consistency in tone had stuck through the other departments of the film – especially the writing.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...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
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 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 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
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
Thumbs up, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...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, Glamsham.com : ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...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
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 Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...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 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
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
WriterAmol: The Ghazi Attack - What a wonderfully made film! Great and impactful visuals.
VinayKarri: The Ghazi Attack - Fell short of words. You need to experience it. Do watch it in cinemas near you.
tweettokarishma: Somewhere between Bombay Velvet and The Ghazi attack, "THE Karan Johar" came back in action. Brilliant movie @karanjohar. *Applauds*
This_isAbhishek: Loved the ghazi attack.Amazing screenplay.Thrilling action.Amazing performance by @RanaDaggubati ,kay kay Menon,@atul_kulkarni .Its phenomnl
thecandidcolors: The Ghazi Attack- an awesome movie <3
SwapnilGondkar: Awesome movie... The Ghazi Attack @atul_kulkarni @RanaDaggubati @taapsee Proud to be an Indian
sriram_7c: The Ghazi Attack - Marvellous, Perfect and Excellent.Perfect tribute to Indian Navy!
singhdevyani: The Gazi Attack is a decent attempt. Although not a patch in terms of intensity of the likes of Crimson Tide, it does hold its own!
shobhit_arya_: The Ghazi Attack is a milestone in the Indian Film Industry 4*/5 #theghaziattack
shinoyx: Films like The Ghazi Attack must be encouraged with commercial success. Bollywood must nourish such no nonsense films!
saurabhkalra5: The Ghazi Attack.... Good concept.. execution could be a bit better... 9/10
saurabhc87: The film The Ghazi Attack is really good. Something different from the other films based on war. Actor Ranna Daggubati did really well.
SandipsBirthday: The Ghazi Attack is the best Indian war film. #mustwatch #TheGhaziAttack
Sandhyavikash: the ghazi attack .... must watch film
RUPAL1984: The Ghazi Attack is really a nice movie
ROMILSHRIVASTA7: #the_ghazi_attack Really awesome movie..must watch.. Proud feeling in theatres because you have stand for three times in the cinemas..!
rishikareddy_7: Take a bow Team 'The Ghazi Attack' , I'm beaming with Pride! Can't thank them enough for making this film! #GhaziAttack
regar_dipak: Super performance by Rana Daggubatti & all supporting actors #The Ghazi Attack, Though i m thinking y they took Tapse pannu in movie.
rakeshk28571020: If we r intrested to a very good movie.must watch The Gazi attack.
RajivWahi67: The Ghazi Attack is good movie. Really enjoyed when Pakistani Commander gets frustrated by Indian Commander being a Commander or a liftman.
Purvaja: So watched The Ghazi Attack and quite enjoyed it. But the super-agressive characters and strange acting were annoying. Still worth a watch.
pravinaiio: The Ghazi Attack super duper patriotic movie .. Under water history in front of us..
pragati_shukla2: Kudos to the makers of "The Ghazi Attack" for such a masterpiece. Brilliant performances of @RanaDaggubati @atul_kulkarni and KK Menon.
OyeAnkit: 'The Ghazi Attack' is wowtastic!!
nityanandrye: Loved The Ghazi Attack! Suspense was amazingly good! @karanjohar @RanaDaggubati
narudinesh: Watched The Ghazi Attack....Superb Movie....Hatsoff to the team and brilliant performances...Proud Indian
Na7vs: The Ghazi Attack. Zabardast !!
mirchagalib: The Ghazi Attack ! A must watch film. K K Menon, Rana daggubatti, atul kulkarni and at their best.
manishkumarbuzy: The war beneath - ‘The Ghazi Attack’ takes you on an immersive journey
mahekshah13: The Ghazi Attack is one of the best movies I've ever seen! @karanjohar Hats off to the makers and the actors. It deserves more recognition.
madhavgmail: The Ghazi Attack - A must watch . Tribute to Indian brave hearts !
lena_kumar: Amazing movie #The ghazi attack. Brilliant acting @RanaDaggubati. You and this movie deserve a national award.
kumargovind8491: Just watched The Ghazi Attack It's a movie beyond the appropriation K.K .Menon has done wonderful work with Rana Tunga....
kiran_baliga: Every Indian must watch "The ghazi attack" , an untold story @tapseepannu @RanaDaggubati @jabykoay #GhaziAttack
Khandom05: The Ghazi Attack is one of the best war films ever.
kaushikbanerje5: Watched the ghazi attack today. Keeping aside some typical bollywood emotional scenes overall the film was very good.
KANIKAKAUL1: Awesome movie by Karan Johar #the Ghazi Attack# must watch
kakadiyaraj11: The ghazi attack ...just amazing ..!
jayantgajria: Go watch 'The Ghazi Attack' ... it will go down in Bollywood History as one of the best war movies ever made !!!!
JagadeeshAbburi: Awesome movie The Gazi Attack @RanaDaggubati love u Rana... Love u baby a lot, thx for giving such great movie, JAI HIND
im_PransuMishra: Wat a year 2017 has been Raees ,Kaabil,Jolly llb 2 and now the Ghazi attack. All awesome films
iamavinashbabu: The #Ghazi attack...One in a million movie
HandsArse: Watched The Ghazi Attack, it's a awesome movie indeed but just one thing I could not get that what's with all that whispering inside a sub ?
giveawayfavy: The Ghazi Attack is a Very very good movie. Muct watch.in theatre. Better than Dangal. It's a good lesson on what a submarine is also.
fadeframer_: No nonsense. Brilliant assemblage of actors. Powerpack storyline. A rib-tickling war movie. This is The Gazi Attack. *squirms in seat*
DrDamodhar: "The Ghazi Attack" will surely be noted as the best war movies of all time! Brilliantly made movie...#TheGhaziAttack
dmsnpk: Fantastic feeling to have watched The Ghazi Attack. Wonderful performance @RanaDaggubati
DixPatel1980: Pls see the movie....The Gazi Attack.... Jai Hind....
Deckle_Edge: The Ghazi Attack is absolutely brilliant.
ddas84: The Ghazi Attack. ..... Simply superb
ChannaMereya_: The Ghazi Attack was more worth a watch than a lot of films that have released recently.
bigtimefoodie: The Ghazi Attack is a must watch! Kay Kay Menon is fabulous
aviralkshatriya: Hats off to the whole cast and crew of The Gazi Attack. Such an impactful movie on a abstruse subject,done with brilliance. Must watch...
ARUNSJB: The ghazi attack.......it's awesome movie
Ar26_27: Watched "The Ghazi Attack" after seeing fdbk from @TandonRaveena n @hindurajyam! Simply Awesome
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Amy_tech_freak: Blown by this movie called " The Ghazi Attack" if you haven't watched do yourself a favor and go watch it now. Keep you at the edge of seat
AMESHUUU: THE GHAZI ATTACK The movie Was Awesome I never seen before in my life rana sir u r really superb in that film I am die hard fan for uuuu
akirao007: The Ghazi Attack. Every Indian must watch this movie. Why? At least then will they realise why one must stand up for the national anthem.1/4
AkhilMerugu2: The Ghazi Attack 'Pakistans ghazi sunk by Indian Rajput'. Well done captain @RanaDaggubati
_VMDian_: If you are not doing anything today, then go far "The Ghazi Attack ". Superb movie. Based on true story. Thumbs Up
Abhina_Prakash: The Ghazi Attack 6.5/10 #GhaziAttack
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