Movie Review: The Ghazi Attack

The Ghazi Attack: A befitting salute to The Indian Navy

The Ghazi Attack Movie ReviewWar movies are very few in Bollywood, and there are very few directors like J. P. Dutta in 90’s or Chetan Anand in 60’s who take the pain to explore the subject. War movie genre that is inspired by real life incident was last seen in “LOC” in 2003.

“The Ghazi Attack” dares to explore the genre, but this time it is the Indian Navy which is explored which I think is for the first time in Bollywood that a movie on Indian Navy has been made, so apt tag line “First Under water War Movie”…

“The Ghazi Attack” is inspired by a classified mission of the Indian Navy in 1971, which resulted in destroying the submarine from Pakistan named Ghazi.

Written by Sankalp Reddy, Niranjan Reddy & Gunnam Gangraju, “The Ghazi Attack” has been written in a thriller format which keeps you engaged throughout the run time of 2 hours and 5 minutes. The script is full of twists and turns, though we all know the end but hats off to the writing team who keep the surprise element intact. A proper study has gone behind writing of the script which comes out quite obvious as most part of the movie the procedures, the discipline and code of conduct of the Navy is correctly portrayed. Each character has its significance in the script and no time is wasted on unnecessary sequences which are irrelevant to the subject. Though at the end there is a bit of chest thumping patriotism which as per my opinion was not required in such a realistic theme. The dialogues written by Azad Alam is apt and to the point which consolidates the crisp narration. The writing creates the required patriotism without going overboard on emotion and melodrama.

Other than the writing the ensemble cast adds up to the movie watching experience. Rana Daggubati as Lt Commander Arjun Varma looks and acts like a naval officer, his looks blends with the character and he acts well. The crackling performance comes from Kay Kay Menon who portrays Captain Ranvijay Singh, a straight forward and extremely ruthless captain. Kay Kay Menon lives the character throughout the narration and never goes overboard which was risk for such a character, but he fares with flying colours as Captain Ranvijay Singh. Another performance which creates an impact is of Atul Kulkarni who plays Executive officer Devraj, his underplayed portrayal wins the hearts of the audience, this is the second winner for Atul after a brilliant performance in “Raees”. You would end up remembering both Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni after the movie gets over. Taapsee Pannu as a Bangladeshi refugee has a miniscule role and her presence does not make any difference to the narration. Rahul Singh as the Pakistani commander Razaq Khan, brings the required cunningness and shrewdness in the character and never goes overboard with his menacing act. Rest of the cast Om Puri, Nassar, Milind Gunaji , Bikramjeet Kanwarpal and many other actors who play soldiers do a brilliant job making the movie a delight to watch.

Debutant director Sankalp Reddy hits the bull’s eye with his first movie. He keeps the narration as realistic as possible with a thriller edge which keeps you glued till the end. Such movies have the risk of looking like a documentary, but Sankalp makes the movie as entertaining as possible. He has extracted some brilliant performances from the ensemble cast. Welcome Sankalp Reddy to Bollywood, we look forward for more such riveting cinema.

Amongst the technical side there are Five things that stand apart, one the production design by Shivam Rao, who has successfully created the set of the submarine so well that you feel that you are inside a real submarine and not a make believe. Second is the editing by A. Sreekar Prasad, which is so razor sharp that you never have a dull moment throughout the movie. Third is the VFX, which is the biggest star of the movie, it is not completely at par with Hollywood but still it does not disappoint, and makes your experience memorable. Fourth being the costume design by Ashwanth Byri, he gets the men in uniform bang on without any frills. And last not the least is the cinematography by Madhie, which adapts to the mood and the narration of the movie well.

“The Ghazi Attack” is a salute to the Indian Navy and a must watch for every Indian, I will go with Four Stars…

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Movie Review : Baby

Baby: Definitely not a Baby step but a giant leap in Espionage genre

Baby PosterThere are few movies which break the mould of your quintessential Bollywood movie and Neeraj Pandey has done it successfully with his previous movies “A Wednesday” & “Special 26”. With “Baby” he takes huge leap with a genre that has not been explored too often in Bollywood, the espionage genre.

“Baby” as a movie has a huge canvas spread across countries like Turkey (Istanbul), Nepal (Katmandu), Saudi (Abu Dhabi) and Story & Screenplay written by Neeraj Pandey himself, tells the story of a secret Intelligence cell “Baby” headed by Firoz Ali Khan (Danny Denzongpa) and with the help of his trusted lieutenant Ajay Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar) he unveils a plot of terrorist attack on India planned by the international terrorist group headed by Maulana Mohammed Rehman (Rashid Naz).

The screenplay is gripping and fast paced with every sequence flowing smoothly to other. The characters are well defined and have a purpose in the story. The screenplay is patriotic without being preachy. The “Argo” style climax is nail biting. It keeps you at the edge of the seat throughout its run time of 159 minutes. Where it fails albeit in a small proportion is that it took the complete first half to set up the base and it is only in the second half when the real plot commences. The dialogues are smart and at the same time witty adding to the entertainment quotient.

There are very few films which boast of the fact that it was aptly cast, in “Baby” the biggest highlight is perfect casting done by Vicky Sidana. Akshay Kumar as Ajay Singh Rajput the leader of the mission fits the bill completely. His agility, his demeanor everything is spot on and this performance is one of his best performances as well. Danny Denzongpa as Firoz Ali Khan is brilliant as the head of secret service team. It was good to see Danny after a gap in a role which complements his persona and stature completely. Tapsi Pannu in a small role as Agent Priya Suryavanshi is impressive and creates an impact. Rana Dagubatti as Jai Singh Rathore is good but he does not get a chance to show his histrionics in a brief role. Anupam Kher as Shuklaji gives the necessary punch to the proceedings. Rashid Naz as Maulana the head of the terrorist group gives the necessary chill with his presence. Kay Kay Menon as Bilal shines in a brief role. Another cracker performance was of Sushant Singh as Wasim, he created an impact in a brief role. The rest of ensemble cast Madhurima Tuli, Jameel Khan, Murli Sharma, Mikal Zulfikar do a brilliant job.

Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee is another highlight of the movie; he has captured Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Katmandu, Mumbai and Delhi to perfection. Background score by Sanjoy Chowdhury enhances the sequences and adds to the impact. Abbas Ali Moghul’s action is spot on especially the chase sequences, the action is realistic and without the unnecessary frills. Good Editing is one of the pre-requisite of a good thriller and Shree Narayan Sigh does not disappoint, every sequence blends easily to other. Sanjeev Ravade’s production design is realistic and blends with the narration beautifully. Costume design by Falguni Thakore again blends with the narration which is commendable. In a nutshell the technical team put a brilliant effort which enhances the movie watching experience.

“Baby” is another feather on Neeraj Pandey’s cap, making him a well sought out film maker and I feel Akshay Kumar should do more such movies which compliment his persona perfectly…

Kudos to team “Baby”, I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Official Trailer : Baby

After the successful “A Wednesday” & “Special 26” Writer Director Neeraj Pandey comes  with his new offering, Baby-movie-First-Lookanother Thriller “BABY”.

It has an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati (last seen in Dum Maro Dum), Taapsee Pannu, Anupam Kher, Madhurima Tuli, Kay Kay Menon, Sushant Singh (will be seen after a long time), Danny Denzongappa, Mikaal Zulfiqar (British Pakistani Actor) & Rasheed Naz (Pakistani Actor of Bol fame)

BABY tells the story of the a group of Officers headed by Ajay Singh Rajput who go on a mission to stop a major terrorist attack on the nation masterminded by a International Terrorist group.

It has music by MM Kreem & Meet Bros….

Baby is being produced by T-Series in association with Crouching Tiger, Friday Filmworks & Cape of Good Films

The official Trailer looks promising and looks like a complete action flick. Will Neeraj be third time lucky at the Box Office for that we have to wait till 23rd January 2015…when the movie opens in theatres…till then enjoy the Trailer…..