Akshay Kumar has somewhere become the face of patriotism today! The actor has been doing many films which showcase his love for the country, like Baby, Holiday, Gabbar and now Airlift.
Airlift movie is based on the world's biggest
evacuation held during the Iraq-Kuwait war. While Air India holds a
record for evacuating most people by a civil airline, not many know
about Ranjith Katyal, a man who made it all happen.
Akshay Kumar's intention of doing this movie is just that. While
he himself was not aware of the actual incidents till he came
across the script of this movie, he wants the entire world to know
the man who saved many families and who was left unrecognized when
he returned home to his country.
Will Akshay's intention bare fruit? Will Airlift be a
sensational thriller like Baby? Read to find out!
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur
Director: Raja Krishna Menon
Airlift plot is not a secret but the way it has been
executed and shown grips you so hard that you wouldn't like to miss
Akshay Kumar plays the role of Ranjith Katyal, a rich
politically well-connected Indian businessman, his wife Amrita
(Nimrat Kaur) and his daughter are stuck in the country along with
the rest of the stranded Indians.
While Ranjith, owing to his connections has the option of
leaving the country and going to London along with his family, he
chooses to stay back and help the rest of the Indians who come to
his aid with a hope that he will keep them safe and find a way back
Post, Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Republican Guard invasion of Kuwait
when young teenage boys are handed with guns in the military, what
the country and its people went through is shown in a very
realistic manner! How the lower military men tried to take
advantage of the situation on a personal level, how the army men
destroyed peoples' homes.
How women and girls were disrespected will almost bring tears in
your eyes! Ranjith's struggle in this entire journey is
When he sets up refugee camps and takes up the responsibility of
giving them food and shelter much to the disagreement of his wife
who feels, "Why do so much for those who are not even related to
us! "He travels to Iraq taking huge life risk so as to find a way
back home. Day in and day out he contacts the external affairs
ministry, requesting them to help evacuate all the Indian
When the Indian embassy in Kuwait run to safety and leave the
people to fend for themselves, it is an official sitting in Delhi,
Sanjeev Kohli (Kumud Mishra) who helps Ranjith in his mission to
save the stranded penny less and homeless Indians.
Indian government at the time, never publicised such secret
rescue missions and so the people responsible, like the Air India,
the government official and the two people on whose character
Ranjith was based on never got any appreciation.
Through this movie, people will finally come to know about these
Coming to performances, Akshay Kumar has given his finest
performance! We never feel that he is an actor playing a character,
Akshay becomes Ranjith in Airlift and each of his emotion is that
much real. Every time he is in pain, every time he cries, we feel
the pain, we cry, Akshay is that realistic!
Nimrat Kaur's role may be small but she does a fab job! Her
relationship with her on-screen husband is portrayed in a
non-filmy, realistic manner! They fight, they disagree, they fail
to understand each other during the ongoing crises and when push
comes to shove, his wife stands for him against the world!
The other supporting actors like Purab Kohli are given
Coming to the technicalities, Priya Seth deserves a huge applaud
for her cinematography! Her camerawork is brilliant and with the
backing from the director, she has shot and shown Airlift
in the best way possible.
The screenplay is the hero, the movie is rather fast faced with
no filmy, over the board dramewala patriotic scenes.
Direction by Raja Krishna Menon could have been better but
nonetheless he doesn't disappoint to that level that we criticise
the movie! He has done a good job with the movie, kept it crisp,
interesting, emotional, entertaining and patriotic!
Airlift is the movie to watch this weekend! A must watch for every Indian!