Off late, Bollywood has started the following the recent trend of Hollywod in doing much films inspired from true events and films about the life of unsung heroes in the History (say Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Marykom, Bajirao Mastani, etc.,) AIRLIFT is another film in those lines, that tells the story of the biggest human evacuation in the world’s history.
The film captures the story of the Indians stuck in Kuwait during 1990, through the eyes of Ranjit Katiyal and a few other characters. This is a story about how these Indians, with the help of Ranjit Katiyal, managed to survive the Iraqi invasion, and against all odds, move across Iraq into Jordan, from where they were brought home to India by the largest ever Airlift attempted in the history of the world.
Just imagine about the possibility of evacuation of 1,70,000 people from Kuwait to India! The luxurious lives of thousands of people were smashed in a single day, because Irad invades Kuwait where these Indians have chosen to settle their lives. The film depicts the political situation of Kuwait and Iraq, the life-threatening situation of Kuwait citizens, the relation between the Indian and Iraq government and the lethargical response of the Kuwait and Indian government government very well. Coming to the core plot and the primary character Ranjit Katiyal, the film has a very good character establishment in the initial scenes itself that he is a ‘man of money’ and later his emotional transformation understanding the situation has been written and filmed so meticulously. There are few other interesting characters such as Ranjit’s wife Amrita, the newly appointed Major in Kuwait – Khalaf, the menacing refugee – George, the Kuwait girl, the Volunteer Ibrahim, the Indian officer Sanjeev Kohli who makes this biopic an engrossing film. Undoubtedly, this is one the finest roles that Akshay Kumar has ever played and he does his part impressively. Nimrat Kaur as Ranjit’s wife has an important role, and she scores very well in the scene where she argues with George, the most annoying refugee in the camp.
AIRLIFT struggles here and there with a confusion from the director to make it completely realistic or to make it a standard Bollywood commercial film! This fact alone reduces the over-all impact with some melodrama, few unwanted songs and elongated romance between Ranjit Katiyal and his wife. Other than this minus and some uninteresting moments in first half, over-all the film is very well-made!
Verdict: An inspiring tale about the world’s biggest human evacuation. A worthy watch, Highly recommendable!
Review by: Rahman
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