Stories from times of conflict are fascinating. They’re full of the kind of intrigue that only wartime can spawn.
I like an interesting war story as much as the next person, so I was thrilled when I learned that the upcoming movie, The Ghazi Attack, was based on real-life events that took place during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
The movie—which stars Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Tapsee Pannu, and the late Om Puri—will be released in Hindi and Telegu. Amitabh Bachchan brings his gravitas of his voice to the trailer as well, by providing the narration.
From the trailer, it seems like The Ghazi Attack might just become one of the best Indian war movies ever made.
The movie tells the story of the sailors who went on a classified mission to destroy the PNS Ghazi, a Pakistani submarine, before it could attack an Indian aircraft carrier.
Here are the real-life events that inspired this movie.
In 1971, during the Bangladesh Liberation War, Pakistan sent a submarine—the PNS Ghazi—to the east coast of India, just off Vishakhapatnam.
Its mission was to destroy INS Vikrant, an Indian aircraft carrier, secure the Bay of Bengal, and eventually gain access to East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh.
When the PNS Ghazi secretly set off from Karachi, the Pakistan navy sent a message to the naval authorities at Chittagong, East Pakistan, requesting a special oil used in submarines.
The message was intercepted by the Indian naval forces, which quickly figured out that the PNS Ghazi was out to stalk and destroy the INS Vikrant. At that time, Vice Admiral N. Krishnan was the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Navy’s eastern command. He ordered the deployment of the INS Vikrant to a secret location near the Andaman Islands and then planned a counterattack on the submarine.
He commissioned the INS Rajput, a WWII destroyer, to sail out to the port at Vizag and send decoy signals to make the Pakistani Navy believe that they were coming from the INS Vikrant.
The plan worked, but the situation quickly escalated when the two vessels intercepted each other. From here, history becomes a bit hazy because there are conflicting accounts of the events that followed.
Whether you’re a war-film buff or simply love explosions, The Ghazi Attack is shaping up to be an edge-of-your seat experience.
It’s set to release on the 17th of February. Watch the trailer here: