Direction : Sankalp Reddy
Production : PVP cinemas, Matinee Entertainment
Starring : Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Singh, Kunal Kaushik
Music : K
Cinematography : Madhi
Editing : A. Sreekar Prasad
Ghazi is inspired from a famous book ‘Blue Fish’ that is based on the real life incidents that happened before decades in Vishakapattanam. The film is directed by Sankalp featuring Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Om Prakash, Nasser, Taapsee and few more prominent actors.
The year is 1971 during the domain of India-Pakistan war; Pakistan submarine named ‘Ghazi’ plans a devastating attack against Vishakapattanam. Our Indian naval submarine ‘S-21’ comprising of brilliant and brainy officers embarked on a toughest challenge to stop this attack and the emotional conflicts that happened among our Indian officers within S-21 forms the basic premise of this film.
Before taking off with the analysis, it’s worthy to extend our heartiest appreciations to the entire team of ‘Ghazi’ for their brilliant and challenging experiment. So far, we haven’t witnessed such an Indian movie based on war made with stunning craftsmanship in narrative and technical aspects. With 90% of the film’s premise set against the backdrops of underwater submarine, we get to see that the art department and sound have worked earnestly for the best outputs. A real big effort by cinematographer Mathie, who happens to be the greatest pillar to this movie for his visuals are exotically stunning. Director Sankalp hasn’t just come up penning a Documentary-drama kind of script, but has conceived the emotional quotients in a great depth. The episodes involving the internal conflict among Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni have been very well depicted.
The first hour takes off with some dramatic events that are mostly dominated by conversations that bring forth conflicts among the lead characters while planning up the attack mission against the Pakistan submarine. But sooner as the story travels to the second hour, we get to see the most edge-seated and gripping moments, especially the last few minutes to climax brings out stunning impact. The sequences involving Taapsee as Bangladesh officer is quite convincing for a message, it doesn’t settle well with the story and it looks like an unwanted track. For an Indian film, it’s really hard to make a film refraining from Romance, Songs and Comedy. Sankalp has completely gone with the strong bond with the script and has proved his proficiency here. Background score by K and Sreekar Prasad’s editing works offer a complete contribution to the screenplay.
The performance of complete star-cast itself is stunningly brilliant. Every actor including Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni are extraordinarily done. They have just breathed their inmost life into the characters, especially Kay Kay Menon. Others in the cast including Om Puri, Nasser and Taapsee have done their best in their roles.
1. The basic plot based on true incidents with perfect narration.
2. Star-cast and performances
3. Cinematography, Music and CG works
What doesn’t work?
1. Little sluggish moments in the first half
2. The episodes involving Taapsee look purposely thrust into the plot.
The earnest efforts of the entire team to recreate the most speculative drama of real life incidents that spark off emotions and patriotism by our heroes deserve tons of appreciations. This will definitely engross every Indian audience, especially for the brilliant technical quotients.
Verdict : Compelling and Gripping in many parts.
Rating : 6/10
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