The Ghazi Attack: A Thrilling War Film Based on True Events
The Ghazi Attack is a 2017 Indian war film that depicts the naval battle between India and Pakistan in 1971. The film is inspired by the true story of how the Indian submarine S21 thwarted the Pakistani submarine Ghazi's plan to destroy the Indian aircraft carrier Vikrant. The film is India's first underwater war film and showcases the courage and patriotism of the Indian Navy.
The film is directed by Sankalp Reddy and stars Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Taapsee Pannu and Om Puri in pivotal roles. The film was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi languages, with the latter titled The Ghazi Attack. The film received critical acclaim for its gripping screenplay, realistic action sequences, stellar performances and technical excellence. The film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.
The Ghazi Attack is a must-watch for anyone who loves war films and wants to learn more about the history of the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. The film is available to watch on Prime Video and Apple TV.The war of 1971 was triggered by the political and humanitarian crisis in East Pakistan, where the Pakistani army launched a brutal crackdown on the Bengali population demanding autonomy and independence. Millions of refugees fled to India, creating a massive humanitarian crisis. India supported the Bengali nationalist movement, Mukti Bahini, and provided them with training, arms and sanctuary. India also tried to diplomatically isolate Pakistan and garner international support for the Bengali cause.
On 3 December 1971, Pakistan launched a pre-emptive air strike on eleven Indian air bases along the western border, hoping to destroy India's air power and gain air superiority. However, the attack failed to achieve its objectives and India retaliated with a full-scale war on both the eastern and western fronts. The Indian Navy also launched a naval blockade of East Pakistan and carried out several successful operations against the Pakistani Navy, such as Operation Trident and Operation Python. The Indian Air Force dominated the skies and carried out several strategic bombings and close air support missions.
The Indian Army quickly advanced into East Pakistan with the help of Mukti Bahini and captured several key towns and cities, such as Jessore, Comilla, Chittagong and Khulna. The Pakistani forces were outnumbered, outgunned and demoralized by the Indian onslaught. The final assault on Dhaka began on 14 December 1971 and by 16 December 1971, the Pakistani commander Lt. Gen. A.A.K. Niazi surrendered with over 90,000 troops to the Indian commander Lt. Gen. J.S. Arora, in one of the largest surrenders in history. The war ended with the creation of Bangladesh as an independent nation.
On the western front, the war was more evenly matched and both sides inflicted heavy casualties and territorial losses on each other. The Indian Army captured around 15,010 km2 of Pakistani territory, while Pakistan captured around 5,010 km2 of Indian territory. The most intense battles were fought in the sectors of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Rajasthan. The war also saw the first use of armoured warfare in the subcontinent since World War II. Some of the notable battles on the western front were the Battle of Longewala, the Battle of Basantar, the Battle of Hilli and the Battle of Chamb.
The war of 1971 was a decisive victory for India and a humiliating defeat for Pakistan. It also changed the geopolitical landscape of South Asia and marked the emergence of India as a regional power. The war also had significant implications for the global Cold War politics, as it exposed the rift between the US and its allies (who supported Pakistan) and the Soviet Union and its allies (who supported India). The war also inspired several movies, books, songs and monuments that celebrate the heroism and sacrifice of the soldiers and civilians involved. ec8f644aee