Review Courtesy: PRATISHTHA MALHOTRA
Cast: AKSHAY KUMAR, NIMRAT KAUR, INAAMULHAQ, KUMUD MISHRA
Director: RAJA KRISHNA MENON
We all know that Akshay Kumar is one of those actors who would ace his performances even when given a tight script and that is exactly the case with Raja Krishna Menon’s AIRLIFT too.
The film is a sincere effort to celebrate an insane task that our country did for its citizens, which has hardly ever been documented. In 1990, during the Persian Gulf War over 1,70,000 Indians were stranded in Kuwait when it was attacked by Iraq and 400 Air India planes rescued everyone.
Most of us are unaware of this day in history because of lack of documentation as India shared a great relation with Iraq at the time, which was one of the reasons why Indians were not killed in this massacre by Saddam Hussain.
The entire film flows very organically but the part worth mentioning has to be how this narrative is not an exaggerated drama but sheer fine story telling. It makes for a crisp film of 124 minutes which is well cut and well shot by DOP, Priya Seth.The way she has captured the essence of the gut wrenching times in Kuwait is commendable.
Akshay Kumar as the profit hungry business who despises everything Indian but the minute the shit hits the fan, he makes sure he does something for his motherland. The writer of the film has very well put this change of heart as, “Jab chott lagti hai toh sabse pehle bacha maa chilata hai…” Akshay’s performance warms the heart and his helplessness disturbs you at times too.
The good part about AIRLIFT has to be how all the actors have been used in it. A mix of actors like Inaamulhaq, Nimrat Kaur, Purab Kohli, Kumud Mishra, Prakash Belawadi have been used beautifully. All characters in the narrative know where to stop and no one over does it making the entire flick very believable.
All in all AIRLIFT is a compelling film which might make you teary eyed to finally see how the agony of so many people finally came to an end. It might make you feel small too, in the sense that it would question you as to ‘what have I ever done for my country?’. Book your tickets and go now, this one shouldn’t be missed.