PNS Ghazi - The Real Story

Spoiler Alert: In case, you haven’t watched the movie ‘The Ghazi Attack’ yet and and are unaware of the story which it deals with, this post may reveal minor facts which may lessen the thrill in watching the movie.
I am writing this post on the backdrop of the recent bollywood movie - ‘The Ghazi Attack’. While the movie is outstanding in its storyline and effects - apart from creating a hollywood alike thriller, it deviates significantly from the known facts - the real story of a thrilling naval conflict between India and Pakistan - the story of PNS Ghazhi.

PNS Ghazi

The Ghazi Attack - Bollywood movie

The Ghazi Attack (2017) poster
I would however start with my comments on the movie - The Ghazi Attack. The movie is a fantastic piece of fiction - yes, you read right - fiction. It portrays PNS Ghazi on a mission to destroy INS Vikrant encountering an indian submarine - S 21, and consequent events leading to Ghazi’s destruction. The movie displays good amount of details on the submarine and underwater operations and the crew have done good amount of research on naval operations and procedures. The visuals in the movie are great and are hard to distinguish animations from real shots and takes care of even minute details to the extend of bubbles formed out of the propellor blades. The cast is also pretty good and the team refrain from super-human representation of the characters, which usually haunts Telugu origin movies. Having watched many of Hollywood’s best submarine movies like ‘The Crimson Tide’, ‘The Hunt for Red October’, I can confidently say the movie is at par with these if not a step ahead - in terms on the storyline as well as the visuals.

The real story of PNS Ghazi

Back in August 1971, a full fledged war between India and Pakistan was imminent owing to the internal war in the then East Pakistan - which is current Bangladesh. For the Pakistan Navy, INS Vikrant - the sole aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy - was the biggest threat in case the war broke out. INS Vikrant, along with its squadron of Sea Hawk aircrafts and Sea King helicoptor could effect a naval blockade in Bay of Bengal preventing supplies and reinforcements for the Pakistani operations in East Pakistan. Out of no options, Pakistan Navy designated the only vessel in its arsenal which could operate in hostile remote waters - PNS Ghazi - with its secondary mission to maximise Indian naval casualities by laying mines off the Vishakhapattanam coast. Commanded by Cdr. Zafar M Khan, its primary mission - to find and destroy INS Vikrant.