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Airlift – Movie Review

Akshay Kumar is among the most daring and bankable actors of Bollywood and this makes him try different genres. From Khiladi avatar to senseless and cheesy comedy flicks, and then to sensible and thought-provoking cinema he ruled box office whenever his movies released. This time, Akshay teamed up with debutant director Raja Krishna Menon to showcase a tale of true incident which took place back in 1990; the Kuwait crisis. Lets see, how Airlift will be lifted at the box office?

Air Lift is a story based on the Iraq’s invasion in Kuwait. How the life of Indians residing in Kuwait changes and how one man Ranjeet Katiyal (Akshay Kumar) along with his family and a few friends helps the 170,000 Indians to evacuate from Kuwait. Airlift is the true story based on emotions, hope, business tie-ups, political procrastination, dedicated officials and transformation of a shrewd businessman, worshiping profits, to a nation’s only hope. You have to watch it to experience it.

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Ranjeet Katiyal’s character is definitely not an easy one to portray but Akshay Kumar proves that the character was tailor made for him. This is one of Akshay Kumar’s most prominent performances. The character required mature, sensible, quick-minded and arrogant person who turns into a softhearted individual – and Akshay Kumar is spot on.

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Nimrat Kaur (as Amrita Katiyal) is gorgeously elegant. She is an amazing talent, very confident and she yet again proves that after “The Lunchbox” she is picky in selection of films. If she keeps on selecting movies like that she’ll be the next in the path of actresses like Shabana Azmi and Tabu. In the very second movie, after “Filmistaan”, Innamulhaq carries the same gusto in enacting his character to perfection as Major Khalaf Bin Zayd. He is a delight to watch. Innaulhaq displays a huge range of shades in his character and he impresses tremendously.

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Purab Kohli (as Ibrahim) is prominent and very dependable. Prakash Belawadi (as George) is fun to watch and really portrays his finicky character outstandingly. Kumud Mishra (as Kohli) proves with every release that he is an “A” class performer.

The direction of Airlift is good, not excellent. It’s the script and power packed performances which help the movie engaging and worth a watch. Songs are below average to average, but “Dooba Dooba” reminds 1990’s huge hit “Di Di Waa” by Cheb Khaled (an inspiration, not copy).

I would rate Airlift a good 3.5/5 based on brilliant story-telling and over the top and believable power-packed performances.

Pictures Credit: Airlift Facebook Page

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