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Movie Review: 'Airlift' is gripping, real and straightforward
'Airlift' is a war drama based on a real-life incident of the largest evacuation of Indians during the Gulf war in Kuwait. The incident had won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for India. Starring Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur as the main lead pair, the film tells the story in a very simplistic and straightforward manner. It hardly has any added melodramas like usual Bollywood flicks.
The film has a gripping screenplay that makes it gritty and realistic. Written and directed by Raja Menon, it has garnered positive reviews from the audience as well as critics. In fact, Bhushan Kumar's 'Airlift' makes everyone feel proud to be an Indian.

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Purab Kohli, Kumud Mishra, Prakash Belawade

Director: Raja Krishna Menon

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Duration: 2 Hours 5 minutes

IMDb Rating: 9.1

The presentation of an important incident is depicted well by Raja Krishna Menon in his directorial. Akshay Kumar returns to the silver screen as Ranjit Katial and it would not be wrong to say that the actor has given his best to portray his character, emotions, and instances impeccably.

The film does not take much time in setting the stage. It is a story of a Kuwait-based business tycoon Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar) who has everything; a kind-hearted wife Amrita (Nimrat Kaur), a beautiful daughter, a classy mansion and an affluent lifestyle. Well-settled in the country, Ranjit is more proud to be a Kuwaiti than an Indian. Everything runs smooth until the day, Saddam Hussein attacks the Kuwait.

The incident changes their lives completely. The affluent businessman Ranjit loses everything in a moment. A very chaotic and tense atmosphere arises all over and the couple find themselves badly stuck in the situation. Now Ranjit is entirely dependent on India (the country he had left behind) for his very survival. The film is high on action and there are many nerve-racking scenes to keep you glued to your seat.

Ranjit's characters takes a sudden turn as he has the opportunity to run away with his family, but he chooses to be a self assigned messiah for fellow Indians in Kuwait. And how a massive evacuation of India's citizens from Kuwait take place, is rest of the story.

In 1990, a total of 1.70 lakh Indian citizens were evacuated and taken back to Mumbai on 488 Air India flights in over 57 days. 'Airlift' successfully deals with the subject that is still a living memory for many. For almost all parts of the film, it stays real and gritty as was the evacuation. However, the only drawback is its infirm second part that shows the evacuation too quickly.

'Airlift' presents a brilliant side of Akshay Kumar who has been admired more for his comic and action sequences so far. In fact, he has given a phenomenal performance and it is the main highlight of the film. Then, the lead actress Nimrat Kaur is no less although it is just her second film after 'Lunch Box.'

Other actors Feryna Wazheir, Inaamulhaq, Lena, Purab Kohli, Kumud Mishra and Prakash Belawadi have also given their best and there's no complaint as far as the performances are concerned.


The background music is apt as well as the screenplay. The reason that it is a real life story of the biggest evacuation and makes every Indian proud, is enough to give the film a watch. Besides, in the wake of the Republic Day celebrations, there are greater chances that the film will do well at the box-office, apart from its tight script and wonderful performances that are already the talk of the town.

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