Airlift (HINDI)

airlift-2016-film-official-poster-featuring-akshay-kumar-and-nimrat-kaur-1Starring: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Ninad Kamat and many more
Editing : Hemanti Sarkar
Music : Amaal Malik, Ankit Tiwari    Background Music : Arijit Dutta
Cinematography: Priya Seth
Directed by: Raja Krishna Mohan

In 1990, during the first Gulf War, over 170,000 Indians were stranded in Kuwait when it was attacked by Iraq. A few local businessmen and Indian diplomats took on the valiant, significantly uphill task of bringing those people home. This movie simplifies this incredibly complex operation to become little more than a vehicle for one man’s redemption. Lets see how was that possible.

Businessman Ranjt Katiyal (Akshay Kumar) resides in Kuwait along with his wife (Nimrat Kaur) and daughter. He is powerful enough to tackle all is problems and lead a wonderful life. Ranjit is proud to be a Kuwaiti and hates every little thing that reminds him of India. It is only after a mishap strikes Kuwait and Iraqi soldiers invade Kuwait, that he realizes his worth for his homeland. He along with many lakh Indians is evacuated from Kuwait to reach India safe and how, forms the rest of the story.

Director tells this remarkable tale astutely, keeping us on the edge of our seats. He also masterfully brings out the shockingly callous behavior of the officials and ministers in charge. Akshay Kumar, in what must surely be one of his finest performances, is so utterly convincing as the conflicted but tough Ranjit Katyal that there are times in the film when he does not appear to be acting at all. The actor lends believable human dimensions to the gallant figure of Katyal, who isn’t fighting an evil enemy as much as he is confronting the forces of history and destiny.

The sharply edited film looks slick and has a wonderful background score. Filmmaker Raja Krishna Menon is one dedicated man and the way in which he has put his whole and soul in the film is clearly seen. The research that has gone into bringing a mishap like this in front of the people is enough to tell what Menon is capable of. It’s an incredible story one that makes you feel patriotic, but more importantly, reinforces your faith in humanity. Go for it..!! 🙂


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