Monday, January 25, 2016

'Airlift': A Shocking Reminder Of A Dark Chapter In Modern History

Airlift, directed and co-written by Raja Krishna Menon, presents the tale (inspired by actual events) of a gritty Kuwait-based Indian businessman named Ranjit Katyal, who against all odds orchestrates the evacuation of Indian citizens stuck in Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war. Menon developed the script after being inspired by the series of events leading to the evacuation of Indian nationals from Kuwait during Saddam Hussein's siege of Kuwait. Till date, it remains the biggest civil evacuation operation in history--Air India holds the Guinness world record for the most people evacuated by a civil airline. Airlift stars Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Prakash Belawadi, Purab Kohli and Kumud Mishra in major roles.
Airlift is a gripping film that would make every non-resident Indian long for the motherland while filling the hearts of resident Indians with a strong sense of patriotism. Embellished by an extremely rare low-key performance from Akshay Kumar, the film brilliantly chronicles the story of one lakh seventy thousand Indians who got stranded in Kuwait in 1990. Airlift is also the story of the tenacious Indian bureaucrats, Air India pilots and the businessmen in Kuwait who ingeniously maneuvered the nigh impossible rescue mission. The movie brilliantly captures the tensions and emotions of the people involved while simultaneously succeeding in capturing the chaos and mayhem that became associated with the ticking time bomb that Kuwait had become at the time of the siege. Little things such as a character's passing remark questioning the selection of a young Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian cricket team greatly add to the movie's period detail.
25/01/16 Murtaza Ali Khan/Huffington Post
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