Cast: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Prakash Belavadi, Purab Kohli, Inaamulhaq
Direction: Raja Krishna Menon
Ratings: 4 Star
The movie is set in the year 1990. Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar) is a rich Indian businessman who hates being referred as Indian. He calls himself a Kuwaiti and loves Arabic songs. He shares a sweet, bitter relation with his wife Amrita (Nimrat Kaur). But one day everything changes for him. Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Army invades Kuwait. The Kuwaiti government runs away and the people of Kuwait are brutally killed by young Iraqi soldiers. Almost 1.6 Lakh Indians were also amongst the people who were trapped in the war zone. Airlift is the story of how a shrewd businessman turns into a courageous patriot and takes upon himself to help all his fellow Indians stuck with him.
Akshay Kumar was brilliant in the movie. It won’t be wrong to say that Airlift is amongst his best performances till date. Nimrat Kaur could have acted a tad better, she was disappointing. Prakash Belawadi was excellent in the role of “annoying” George. Inaamulhaq copied the Iraqi accent pretty well, but he still managed to look very Indian. Purab Kohli’s performance was effortless, but his role could have easily been dropped out of the movie.
The movie was tightly edited however, there were a few technical glitches. The Indian flag shown towards the end looked fake and didn’t match up with previous frames. The air India flight sequences also looked as if it was copied from some 90’s movie.
Also, a movie that shouts realism can do without peppy dance numbers and love songs. It’s something that Indian film makers should finally realize.
Overall Airlift is a treat to watch. It brings out the patriotic feeling in an individual. Go watch it with your family during the Republic day weekend.