There are wars that are fought under the media spotlight. There are wars which we remember forever as we do the soldiers who give up their lives so that we can live in peace. And then there are the unsung heroes. Men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice and we never even came to know. The Ghazi Attack is the story of such an India-Pakistan war, which was fought in secret and its heroes were never celebrated. Starring Rana Daggubati and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles, it also stars late Om Puri in an important role.
The film is presented by Karan Johar and it is India’s first war-at-sea film. This was the India-Pakistan war that you did not know about because the mission was classified. The Ghazi Attack is an epic underwater tale of the immense courage and undying patriotism of the men aboard the Indian submarine S-21 who destroyed the Pakistani submarine, PNS Ghazi when it ventured into Indian waters with the ambition of destroying INS Vikrant and conquering the Visakhapatnam port on the eastern coast of India in 1971. The film is about an executive naval officer and his team who had remained underwater for 18 days.
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Earlier, producers had shared the first look of The Ghazi Attack on the occasion of the Indian Navy Day. Character portraits were used to introduce the lead cast of the film, which also includes KayKay Menon. Karan Johar had also taken to Twitter and written, “#TheGhaziAttack releases in theatres on 17th February 2017 Thrilled about this one. Dharma Productions is proud to partner with AA films for The Ghazi Attack – India’s first war-at-sea film!”
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Earlier Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions shared stills and motion poster of The Ghazi Attack:
— Dharma Productions (@DharmaMovies) January 11, 2017
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 11, 2017
The Ghazi Attack is directed by debutant Sankalp Reddy and is said to be partially based on his own book, Blue Fish. The film is bankrolled by PVP cinema and Matinee Entertainment and will hit the screens on February 17 this year. It will be distributed by Karan’s Dharma Productions.
The sinking of Pakistan’s Ghazi
During the Bangladesh war, INS Vikrant was deployed and its Hawker Sea Hawk attack aircraft contributed immensely in air operations. The Pakistan Navy responded with its long-range submarine, PNS Ghazi. Its job was to locate INS Vikrant. When it failed to do so, it decided to mine the port of Visakhapatnam, which was the headquarters of Eastern Naval Command. As PNS Ghazi began its operation of laying mines, the Indian Navy dispatched INS Rajput to counter the threat. Ghazi sank mysteriously while laying a mine with all 92 hands on board.