A film with a war background always comes with an exciting intensity and The Ghazi Attack is no different. Based on a classified operation of the Indian Navy to save the INS Vikrant from an under-sea attack by Pakistan during the 1971 War, the film is directed by Sankalp Reddy, and is being touted as the first underwater film in India. Made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, the Hindi version being presented by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, here’s what The Ghazi Attack trailer tells us so far.
To begin with, Kay Kay Menon and Rana Daggubati, playing the headliners of the operation, look absolutely smashing in Naval outfits, reaffirming that there is something about a man in a uniform. The recently departed Om Puri too was a part of the film, presented as a senior Naval officer on the Indian side.
The Ghazi Attack draws its story from a reportedly true incident during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, where the Pakistani submarine, the PNS Ghazi, mysteriously sunk into the sea, a cause for which has been unreported thus far. But the trailer poses no red flags in terms of problematic representation of either India or Pakistan, and focusses solely on the war aspect of the incident.
The Ghazi Attack isn’t the first time the audience is being exposed to a classified mission that finally goes on record via cinema (Argo, anyone?). Moreover, Indian cinema too has tried to make similar films, successfully at that, with Baby and Airlift, the latter being a widely publicised evacuation even at the time of its incidence. Therefore, the details of the possibly exciting and deadly operation should be fun to watch.
What’s Taapsee Pannu got to do with it?
Revealed for a few sparse shots in the trailer, and once heard spouting cries for help in Bengali, Taapsee Pannu’s involvement in the film’s proceedings so far seems unclear. Reportedly playing a refugee character, it would be interesting to note whether she plays a key part in the plot, or remains a distraction figure, for the lack of any female presence otherwise.
Releasing on February 17, The Ghazi Attack has definitely got our attention. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments below.