The modern day Manoj Kumar, Akshay Kumar… The delicious item of “The Lunchbox”, Nimrat Kaur… India’s biggest evacuation… The nostalgia of Baby… The foursome gives me enough goosebumps to say “Phew!”. So here it goes.
“Airlift” is one of those Bollywood’s products that make India proud of its film industry. Last time an equally mind-boggling movie I saw was “My Name Is Khan”. Just one idiom has been created by the English that can describe it, ‘Out of the world’.
Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar), a proud businessman from Kuwait, who prefers to be known as a Kuwait resident in spite of his Indian origin, has a hit when Saddam Hussein leds Iraqi army invade Kuwait. Ranjit starts to use his efforts to find a way to escape Kuwait. Ranjit soon transforms into an INDIAN and he takes up the responsibility of all the Indians’ evacuation.
Will he succeed to save the big number (1,70,000) of Indians? Take this dangerous airlift to know.
Story, Screenplay and Direction
I am all praises for the story but not for its originality but for its grip. The film may have a great story to tell but it’s not exactly what had happened. The mission was accomplished by a large number of people but, the creation focuses on one. But it’s not at all a negative point.
Raja Menon, Suresh Nair, Riteish Shah and Rakesh Nangli as the writers have done an extraordinary job. The transformation of Ranjit Katyal from a proud Kauwat resident to a patriotic Indian is definitely, clap-worthy.
The screenplay is not high on patriotism but has it in right doses for sure.
Raja Menon as the director has done a spledid job.
Akshay Kumar is one hell of an actor and does a MARVELLOUS job as Ranjit Katyal.
Nimrat Kaur is not an actress who requires a lengthy role to impress. She complements Akshay very well.
Imaanulhaq is lovely and provides comic relief.
Purab Kohli as Ibrahim, a man who has just lost his newly-wed wife, is brilliant.
Kumud Mishra is OUTSTANDING.
Music and Other Technical Aspects
Music is the only flimsy point in the film but actually I didn’t want a song in the film.
Cinematography by Priya Seth is award-winning beacuse she captures the war-stricken Kuwait of the 1990s IMPRESSIVELY.
Editing by Hemanti Sarkar is pitch-perfect.
Dialogues are jaw-dropping but are not consistently so.
Sau Baat Ki Ek Baat
“Airlift” is cinematic gift and is a must-watch. It is a perfect Republic Day weekend release.
Goosebumps! Goosebumps! Goosebumps! Goosebumps!
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