A true entertainer

From a turbulent event in India’s recent past

GENRE               :     Thriller

DIRECTOR         :      Raja Menon

STARRING       :       Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur

RUN- TIME    :      130 Minutes

BUDGET       :        30 Crore

  The Akshay Kumar starrer, Airlift is based on an episode of the post- modern history of India.  According to a 2014 report on scroll, after Saddam Hussain’s forces overran Kuwait in August  1990, the Indian government evacuated more than 1, 10,000 Indians from Iraq and Kuwait by  way of an airlift that included nearly 500 flights. The operation is said to be the largest civil evacuation in history.  Eventually, Air India would fly 488 flights over 59 days, carrying 1, 11,711 passangers back to India.  The film puts the figures at 1, 70,000 Indians in a joint operation between Air India and Indian Air Force.

Airlift is a straight forwarded narration of the incident, with a little bit of masala added to give it a feel of a Bollywood movie.

Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar), is a businessman comfortably placed in Kuwait with his wife Amrita (Nimrat Kaur), and his little daughter, when Saddam Hussain’s forces bomb buildings and other establishments in Kuwait randomly. For Ranjit , the business tycoon, money is the prime priority  and  ‘Patriotism’ has no place in his scheme of his things and views India with disregard and is always critical of its poor governance. But things turn topsy- turvey when Iraq declares a war against Kuwait over oil disputes and the lives of over 1,70,000 Indians get affected and Ranjit now turns a saviour of  the stranded Indians and successfully “ Airlifts” them back home from Kuwait with the help of Indian Air Force.

Akshay Kumar, the Khiladi of Bollywood, portrays his role convincingly and Nimrat Kaur’s performance is equally laudable. The songs are an icing on the cake and add to the beauty of the film.

Airlift is a true entertainer.

Ashwini Nagaraja


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