The USP of The Ghazi Attack lies in the fact that it’s the first Indian film to be showing underwater war crisis. And because you haven’t seen anything like that before in Indian cinema, you get intrigued. The launching of torpidos, diving up to the unsuitable level and rising up to fight again, there are technicalities that have been taken care of fully. The Karan Johar produced film also makes for a guide for viewers with no iota of know-how about submarines. While the first half clearly emerges as lethargic highlighting the desynchronized ideologies of two senior officers — captain Rann Vijay Singh and Lieutenant Arjun Varma. While the former lives in the attack mode, the latter has a ‘follow the rules, stay calm, think and act’ attitude. The second half, however, as in most Hindi films, appears as more gripping and entertaining. Another worth noticing the part about the film is the strategic placement of National Anthem. The Jana Gana Mana has not been used to look like an item in the film, but for both the time it comes in the story, it becomes the part of the narrative. Apart from that, no romance, no songs, not even patriotic ones have been forced in the film. And you don’t even miss these. The Bollywood lover in you demands to see romance between Rana and Taapsee, but the makers have clearly avoided that for good. Taapsee, in whatever small role of a refugee doctor she has in the film, justifies her part well. And so does late Om Puri. The Ghazi Attack is not an unmissable watch. But, it’s not even a must-watch.
The Ghazi Attack is based on one of lesser known episodes of the 1971 War.