Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Duration: 130 minutes
India Release Date: 22-JAN-2016
It is in this scenario that Ranjit Katyal (played by Akshay Kumar), a wealthy and powerful Indian businessman, who has always seen himself as a Kuwaiti, rather than an Indian, realizes that he no longer wields any influence on the Iraqis, and that he and his family are in as much danger as anyone else. Ranjit unknowingly becomes the man who all 1,70,000 Indians look up to for getting them out safely from Kuwait. Airlift is the story of Indians stranded in Kuwait during this traumatic time. A story of how they, with the help of Ranjit Katyal, managed to survive the Iraqi invasion, and against all odds traveled a thousand kilometers across the border into Amman, Jordan. From Amman, 1,70,000 Indians were brought home by the largest and the most successful evacuation ever attempted by any country, in the history of the world. Over 59 days, the Indian government systematically flew over 488 Air India commercial flights into a war zone to evacuate all 1,70,000 Indians and safely bring them
The movie is based on a true incident which took place a while ago in the 1990s. It is the story when Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq invaded Kuwait. The incident bring out one of the biggest achievement of free India. A number of Indian pilots didn’t think about their lives and went out to bring Indians stucked in Kuwait. It is the biggest air evacuation ever recorded till date. Takes off with turbulence, but it has a gripping second half & a hair raising culmination which make it worth a watch. The evacuation is hastily wrapped up and the film loses a bit of its momentum. Airlift is worth a watch for sure especially for the patriotic people who think and believe in every bit of the countrymen and not just himself and who has the courage to do good thing for the country.
Performance & Technical Review:
All brownie points to director Raja Krishna Menon and the lead actors for keeping it real. Akshay Kumar impresses & Nimrat is pretty. Purab Kohli and Feryna Wazheir also does well in their supporting roles. Music is good especially the song: Soch Na Sake. Technically film is brilliant and deserves some accolades.
Airlift is worth a watch for sure especially for the patriotic people who think and believe in every bit of the countrymen and not just himself and who has the courage to do good thing for the country. Thrilling, Engaging and Inspiring. Go for it.
Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5