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(U/A) (2016)



2 hrs 5 mins

30  Audience Reviews

151 Ratings

Release Date

22 Jan 2016
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: January 25, 2016 10:19 AM IST

Airlift Review

Akshay has delivered a stellar performance in the movie. Very realistic acting, especially during intense scenes and emotional scenes. Nimrat Kaur has done a great job but unfortunately, her role is very small and people long to see more of her.

Direction by Raju Krishna Menon has taken a beating. His inexperience in direction is apparently visible in the movie. The screenplay is good but the editing is so crisp that some of the scenes end up being too short.

All the all, the film is said to be a short and real movie which is a damn good watch with Akshay stealing the show with his realistic performance.

Full marks need to be given to director Raja Krishna Menon and the lead actors for keeping it real. There was no unnecessary melodrama to underline that a war is the greatest leveller and the action moves at a brisk pace in the first half.

Akshay Kumar, who is usually known for his comic and action roles, does a smart job of conveying the fear that grips him. The scene in which he witnesses the gunning down of his Malayali driver and the terror on his face as he fears for the safety of his wife and child is wonderfully acted. When he breaks down, your heart goes out to him.

Airlift is raw, real and well-acted.

What ‘Airlift’ excels at is its ability to deftly weave through the layers of human emotions with select personal stories, without trapping itself in the quagmire of glycerin-induced histrionics.

Kumar really is the backbone of this film, with his maturity as an actor evident in his subtle transition from an arrogant businessman to a humbled refugee who bears the burden of saving the lives of thousands around him. Kaur lends credibility to her performance as well, with the same level of restraint that saw her excel in the sleeper hit ‘The Lunchbox’.

Where ‘Airlift’ perhaps stumbles is its over-simplicity in handling some of the proverbial landmines strewn in its path; and Inaamulhaq’s Arab accent as an Iraqi major is quite laughable.
But such trivialities are best ignored when you look at the grand picture. In this particular case, ‘Airlift’ takes off with minimum turbulence at the cinemas this week.

The film is well shot, with cinematographer Priya Seth achieving the right mix of impressive aerial shots and cramped handheld bits, and reasonably well-textured with credible Middle Eastern detailing.

Airlift is compelling, thanks largely to a sterling performance from Akshay Kumar -- who is both suitably weary and suitably level-headed for the part -- enough to anchor the proceedings. The actor is always fine when reined in, and Menon plays to his strengths and Kumar only snaps once, almost reflexively, into Bollywood hero mode, but he is mostly calm and grown-up and holding on.

Even when toasting a true story, say our movies, a superstar is worth more than a real hero.

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