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The Ghazi Attack: When Rana bought a bike made from the metal of INS Vikrant

Rana Daggubati, whose film The Ghazi Attack, releases on February 17, says while Indian Army and police rightly get importance onscreen, the Indian Navy hasn’t been celebrated enough. The Ghazi Attack will change that.

regional movies Updated: Feb 15, 2017 18:42 IST
The Ghazi Attack,Rana Daggubati,Pakistani submarine Ghazi
The Ghazi Attack has been dubbed ‘India’s first war-at-sea’ film. It releases on February 17, 2017.

Rana Daggubati who will be seen in upcoming flick The Ghazi Attack, said the film was a tribute to the Indian Navy.

The film is based on true events from the 1971 war, when Pakistani submarine Ghazi attempted to destroy the Indian aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.

At the promotional event on Tuesday, the actor who bought a Bajaj V Bike made from the metal of indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant as a memorabilia from the film, said: “The first reason why I did this film is it is a very important story to tell.”

“We’ve always seen films that glorified army or police. It is important that India should have first naval film. This is somewhere a tribute to the Navy.”

The film will see him playing Naval officer Lt. Commander Arjun Varma, who was said to have remained underwater for 18 days during the war.

The Ghazi Attack is based on the destruction of PNS Ghazi by the Indian Navy in 1971.

“Besides my love for the bike, I am a deep sea diver. In this film, there are a lot of underwater stunts,” he added.

“For the last one year of my life, I’ve been researching how the incident took place and what India went through when actually the war had taken place. INS Vikrant was one of the most celebrated warships in the Indian naval fleet. I know the importance of it that time. It’s lovely to be part of the entire thing,” he said.

Also starring Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon and Atul Kulkarni, The Ghazi Attack releases on February 17.

Apart from The Ghazi Attack, Rana awaits the April 28 release of Baahubali: The Conclusion starring Prabhas, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty and Sathyaraj.

The 32-year-old actor, who gave a splendid performance as Bhallal Dev in the much appreciated film Baahubali, thanked the Hindi audience for making the film a huge hit.

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First Published: Feb 08, 2017 12:42 IST