Raja Krishna Menon’s Airlift is the first big release of the year. The movie stars Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in the lead role. The movie is based on a true story and the promos of the film were very intriguing. So, does the film keep up to the level of expectations that the promos gave us? Let’s find out.
The movie is about Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar), a successful businessman in Kuwait who is an Indian, but thinks of himself as a Kawaiti. He was living a happy life with his family until Iraq invades Kuwait. Ranjit wants to leave the city, but decides to do so after he helps out all the Indians in Kuwait. He wants all the Indians to be safe. What does he do for the Indians? How does he help them to leave Kuwait? These things take the story forward…
The movie is based on a real life incident about evacuation of Indians from Kuwait. The story is written by Raja Krishna Menon and he has done a good job with the concept. However, he has concentrated more on making Ranjit Katyal a real life hero than showcasing the problems of Indians, in the film. The screenplay fails a bit to keep us engaged. There are a few scenes which stretch the film and make it a bit boring; especially in the first half. Even a thriller feel is missing from the film. It’s just a 125-minute film, but still you will feel it’s stretched.
Raja Krishna Menon’s direction is good. He has opted for a very serious subject and he knows that his direction is very important for the film. He does justice with the script. But as I said earlier, due to the screenplay some scenes become boring and unfortunately Menon fails to save the scenes with his narration. Priya Seth’s cinematography is awesome and Hemanti Sarkar’s editing is strictly okay.
Akshay Kumar’s performance is noteworthy. This is the best performance of his career till date. We don’t get to see “superstar” Akshay Kumar, but “actor” Akshay Kumar in the film. It was his acting that makes us feel the pain. Nimrat Kaur is miscast. Why the hell did the makers opt for her? Such a great role is totally wasted thanks to Nimrat’s disappointing act. She looked lost throughout the film. It’s difficult to digest that she is the same actress who impressive everyone with her act in The Lunchbox.
Kumud Mishra and Purab Kohli are excellent in their roles. Inaamulhaq as the antagonist is simply mind-blowing.
The music of the film is very good. But, apart from Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi, other songs are forced into the film.
Airlift Movie Review – Final Verdict:
Overall, Airlift is a good film which will be a treat for Akshay Kumar’s fans.
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Raja Krishna Menon’s Airlift is the first big release of the year. The movie stars Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in the lead role. The movie is based o...3.5