Airlift Movie Review: Airlift is a 2016 Indian war thriller film directed by Raja Krishna Menon, and starring Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Purab Kohli and Lena in pivotal roles. Wikipedia
Airlift is a film that every Indian, and every Bollywood buff despairing for genuinely high quality storytelling, must watch. Hindi cinema history tells us that mainstream storytellers in Bollywood face many a pitfall when they work with real-life stories.
War is never lovely, with regular folks being the greatest loss, and we have so many such kind of films on our screen already. The director Raja Krishna Menon puts it crosswise over engagingly in Airlift movie. The film has an interesting plot that will make you stick to the theatres. Airlift is a story of 170,000 Indian exiles got in the Iraq-Kuwait strife in 1990 and their battle to security. This film is a real story and Akshay Kumar has been telling from the beginning that it is what India did for her people. The performances are the major highlight in the film.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar plays the smooth and smart business big shot Ranjit Katiyal. He has everything going for him. In any case, his life changes overnight as Iraqi fighters go out of control, slaughtering Kuwaitis and gunning down each one of the individuals who restrict them. The initial scenes that demonstrate the devastation and fierceness of the Iraqi fighters are powerful and dirty. There are few scenes in the film that are very bold. The scenes shot in Ras Al Khaimah, the emirate which was spruced up as the war-torn Kuwait, hit home. The war scenes were good. Akshay Kumar’s energy is always at the top and he never gets down with his energy levels.
Full appreciations should be given to Raja Krishna Menon and the lead on-screen characters for keeping it genuine. There was no pointless acting to underline that a war is the best leveler and the activity moves at an energetic pace in the first half. Both the halves of the film are nice and the film is completely traveling on a single note and there was no deviation at any point in the film. Akshay Kumar, who is normally known for his comic and activity parts, makes a shrewd showing of passing on the trepidation that grasps him.
The scene in which he witnesses the gunning down of his Malayali driver and few other sequences have shot well and they have come out nicely. Another highlight of the film is the practical route in which his marriage to Amrita Katiyal (Kaur) is portrayed. The film is high on positive notes and some wonderful scenes. It’s unusual for Katiyal and there’s little clarification for his change from a mean businessperson to a liberal, kind-hearted pioneer of the underdogs. The way the director made the film in a convincing manner is very interesting. You may not be completely persuaded, but rather the film is sufficiently amusing to make us disregard that. The performances will drive the film with an interesting screenplay.
While the first half walks along unquestionably, the second half stands by no means in a well established position. The departure is quickly wrapped up and the film loses a touch of its energy. The film’s director might have shied far from equation for most parts, however he succumbs to it towards the end. Be that as it may, those scenes don’t destroy Airlift as you wind up pulling for the anonymous displaced people. On a lighter bottom note, the positives dominate the few negatives in the film and will sum up as an intense and interesting piece of drama.
Airlift Review Verdict: Top Notch Thriller – Never to be missed
Airlift Movie Rating: 3.5/5