Average Rating: 3
Total Critics: 7
Critic Reviews for The Boxtrolls
|Release Date :||02/17/2017|
Cast : Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, KK Menon and Atul Kulkarni
Director : Sankalp Reddy
Music : Krishna Kumar
Producers : PVP cinemas, Matinee Entertainment
Ghazi, a submarine is sent by Pakistan to help its army fighting war with Bangladesh in 1970. Ghazi has to cross Indian waters to reach Bangladesh. Indian airforce carrier INS Vikranth safe guards coastal belt. Ghazi has to strike Vikranth inorder to sail through Indian waters. Indian Navy gets alert receiving intelligence reports. S-21 submarine is sent to deal with Ghazi. Courageous team of Lt.Commander Arjun Varma (Rana), Captain Ranvijay Singh (Kay Kay Menon) and Executive officer Devraj(Atul Kulkarni ) are onboard. They attack the enemy submarine near Visakhapatnam. The underwater battle between S-21 and Ghazi is what the film is all about.
Ghazi is a mysterious episode of India – Pakistan war of 1971. Indian version of the story says that the submarine had been destroyed by Navy while Pakistanis claim that it has blown off due to technical issues. Director Sankalp Reddy has taken this untold saga of bravery as film’s subject. The team has to be appreciated for their effort in making India’s first underwater war drama. Let us see how far they have reached the expectations.
Sankalp takes inspiration from true incidents as skeleton and built entire story with fictious episodes. Of course, he has to spice the screenplay with thrilling scenes and drama to give an interesting narration and spare us from documentary feel.
The brisk battle time and the nerve wrecking drama surrounding is engrossing. The first half is racy with stellar performances of KK Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Rana.
Lengthy confrontational and debating scenes between lead cast may get weary on entertainment seeking audience. Of course, the film has quite a few action episodes but those who expect heavy duti war episodes may be disappointed a bit.
Well-penned dialogues and terrific performances are the assets of the film. Good research has been made inorder to showcase the real life commands and gestures used by Navy during war time. Regular masala entertainment lovers may not be satisfied with the proceedings.
Art department does a magnificiant job in recreating the submarine of olden days where there were no digital meters or gadgets but only analogue stuff. The film gives audience and underwater claustrophobic experience.
Director himself confessed that the team took cinematic liberty with Navy Uniform, originally they wore disposable shorts but in the film Rana and team wears trousers to keep filmy heroism intact. VFX needs special mention for maintaining the ocean and the sea bed effect. Cinematography is top-notch and background score supplements the thriller feel of the movie.
Rana looked a stud of an Navy commander. He delivers decent performance and managed to hold the scenes not getting carried away by powerful actors like Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni. Taapsee did decent job as a refugee. Her role is pure fictional character to add some glamour to the film.
No extravagant action
Bottom-line: Unseen & untold gripping thriller