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MOVIE: AIRLIFT

AIRLIFT, the story based on true events during Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

CAST: 
Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur (Reemember her from 'Lunchbox'?)
RELEASE DATE: January 22, 2016 
 
Production Companies - Abundantia Entertainment, Cape of Good Films, Emmay Entertainment, Hari Om Entertainment, T-Series


  • Directed byRaja Krishna Menon

Distributed By: Prateek Entertainment

Costume Designer - Shweta Sharma
Music - T-Series.


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ABOUT THE MOVIE ...

The movie is based on true events that occurred when the Iraq, under the leadership of Saddam Hussein,  invaded Kuwait in 1990, stranding 170,000 Indians in a war zone. From adversity rose a few good men, Sunny Mathews and Vedi, who joined hands to ensure the evacuation of Indians in the face of major obstacles. The Indian government came through for the Indian community and airlifted over 1,70,000 people with the help of 488 Air India flights during the course of 59 days. The evacuation went down in the Guinness Book of World Records for being highest evacuation by any civil airline till date. Akshay Kumar's character, Ranjit Katyal, is based on the two gentlemen.

Rhea Mathews, the granddaughter of Sunny Mathews, one of the people shared this on her Facebook page post the release of the movie, along with a picture of news paper clippings from the time.


MOVIE REVIEW ...

The movie, obviously has a lot going for it-


#1. The Story line- there are various versions already out as to how real or mixture of real Akshay Kumar's character truly is. However, that does not taketh away the fact that the movie's narration succeeds in telling the story of many Indians who found themselves out in left field during Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. 


#2. The locations/ sets- the Ariel view of Kuwait before- and after it becomes a war zone are sure to touch you to your core. Shot in UAE, the scenes certainly live up to the movie that they are part of.


#3. The cast:

Akshay Kumar is subtle and real. His personality looks stunning. His facial hair, the obviously toned body, and expressions of the eyes- all speak of the hero within. This movie is yet another testament to the actor who rules in the kingdom of Khans. It is no surprise that when it comes to lead roles in movies like the likes of Airlift, Baby, Holiday, Gabbar, Special 26- its this Kumar and not Khan that comes to film makers' mind. And oh yes, role of Sanjiv Kohli  by Kumud Mishra was my absolute favorite among others.


Full marks to the makers for casting Nimrat Kaur. In many ways, she reminds you of Akshay real-life wife Twinkle, but Kaur is very much her own person- a versatile actor who effortlessly molds into the role she plays- watch Lunchbox (if you haven't already) if you need proof. This 33-year-old is certainly in the Deepti Naval league.



Except for ..


#1. Had it not been based on true events. you would probably complain about its pace post interval, and seeming lack of progress. But it is and you won't.


#2. Since the original hero was a Mathews, it would have been nice to see a South Indian name given to Akshay Kumar's character. But, will have to agree, Ranjit Katyal has a nice ring to it, suits Akshay Kumar's personality and is heroic sounding.


OVERALL ...

Airlift is an utterly educational experience. It educates you not only on the plight of Indians and Kuwaitis during the Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, but also forces you to ponder over many other related aspects as well. For instance- 

1. when you look like an Indian, no matter where in the world you live, you are perceived as an Indian. Shows how important it is to stay connected to your roots. Or are we really okay to cut the cords, to assimilate? Perhaps the two doesn't have to be mutually exclusive or conflicting. Our root is an important part of our identity, we revere our mother land, but our adopted country is no less ours, if not more. WHAT DO YOU THINK? 

2. that when adversity strikes, there are few among us mortals who rise up and take the role of a natural leader; 

3. that in the end, those who watch out for fellow human beings irrespective of race or religion, are the ones that truly deserve to be consider themselves God's children;

4. that despite the bureaucracy and corruption  known to be prevalent in the Indian government, it did and has at other times too, come through for its global citizens (Remember Operation Rahaatmeaning relief, in which Indian Air Force along with Air India and naval ships, evacuated more than 4640 Indian citizens and 960 foreign nationals of 41 countries during the Yemen crisis). 


Airlift is an absoluete must watch movie. With your loved ones. Including children who are 10+. Miss this one NOT.

 

By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a computer programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 

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