Movie Highlight: ‘Airlift’, we fucking need movies like this.

  

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    Yes I used that word In title of my post and I stand by it, because we really need more movies like ‘Airlift’. Now, I am not saying that because this film shows india in good light, that it shows how an indian saved all those lives. I am saying this because how well it shows what it shows.
    ‘Airlift’, a period drama thriller, stars Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur and is based on true events of the evacuation of a 1,70,000 indians from Iraq-invaded Kuwait. A ideal movie to get you feel patriotic right before Republic day.
   I was intrigued by the premise of this movie. But I decided to not to read about actual events to see if the movie stands on its own. And it does.
   It Does so mainly because of Akshay Kumar’s real performance as Ranjit Katyal. He completely sheds his action hero image and funny man persona and transforms into a real person who fears for his life, cries and breaks down like a normal person would in such conditions and he does it so well. Following the footsteps of action Icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger (in ‘Maggie’) and Sylvester Stallone (in ‘Creed’), Akshay Kumar Also shows some serious action chops. The Screenplay is tight and holds your attention in a movie which has many ‘talking-only’ scenes. Instead of giving akshay kumar needless action scenes, action is kept to the minimum, which is worthy of applause.  The movie recognises the seriousness of the true events and stays true to the tone throughout.
Scenes such as the invading Iraq’s tanks in dark, a countinouos PoV shot showing the carnage on the streets and Ranjit’s reaction to it and the moment where Ranjit realises he can’t leave his fellow indians behind, stand out. Kumud Mishra as the Embassy Officer who helps Ranjit shines in the brief role.
   On the whole, the movie mostly is the story of a guy as a human who wants to help the people in need. Its only towards the end that the movie really starts pushing the patriotic buttons. 
  Though you may know the end of the story, the movie successfully keeps you on the edge of the seat as the stakes increase in the second half.
  The songs actually complement and enhance the impact of what is going on the screen. Even sequences during the song and dance number ‘Dil cheez tuzhe dedi’ let you know about the personality of Ranjit Katyal.
   Speaking of negatives, barring Purab Kohli’s Ibrahim, the representative characters for the 1,70,000 Indians are not that strong. Nimrat Kaur as Mrs. Amrita Katyal, though well acted, is just a standard wife who first doesn’t support her husband but then sees the greater good in what he is doing.
    ‘Airlift’ is not the best movie ever, but it is a really good one and I am sure only movies like ‘Airlift’ can help lift Indian Film industry to greater hights. Well played, ‘Airlift’. Well played.

Related- Movie Highlight: ‘Wazir’, Script is the villain of this Akhtar-Bacchan Starrer.

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