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A thriller with politics on the side. A restrained Akshay Kumar. Nimrat Kaur in a film one wouldn't expect to see her in. What's not to look forward to in Airlift? Notwithstanding the jarring potential villainous act and a high chance of invoking jingoism.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Humans for humans. Humans against humans. The story of every war. The story of this world. Airlift brings forth this story without much aplomb. Even if it is not edge-of-the-seat drama, it engages you through the length of the film, despite becoming repetitive.
Airlift is the kind of story that will make you go, “What nonsense! Stuff like that happens only in Hindi films!” What a coincidence that Ranjit Katiyal meets seemingly the most important person in Iraq's attack on Kuwait, when he was seconds away from being shot (for fun!) by Iraqi teenage soldiers! How can over 1.7 lakh people roam around a city being bombed without getting into more trouble than they did? To top it all off, how can a shrewd businessman who is politically incorrect for political reasons, cares only about profit, refuses to call himself Indian have a change of heart, just like that? Maybe some of the things happened differently from the way Airlift puts it up. But, what is shown must be somewhat close to reality. And that's what makes Airlift watchable.
Sure, there must be thousands of details left out. The story despite being 'too good, yet true' seems to have over-simplified things a bit. Especially, when it comes to the 'don't care' attitude of the bureaucracy. Even so, you are not blind to the fact that all the good happened despite of the Indian political system. Just like the humans who help out in times of tragedy contrast so well with the war-mongers who kill without reason; the handful of cogs in the machinery that make the system contrast well with the other parts wanting to bog the system down. The subtle irony is not to be missed – people, some of whom were happy not to be called Indians, look up to the Indian flag while being saved by the efforts of a handful of people because they thought it was the human (not necessarily Indian) thing to do. Not to mention the nation's leadership seems to be completely missing in action. At least, as far as the film goes.
But, scenes like the one with dramatic raising of the Indian flag, or the turning point in Ranjit Katiyal's attitude, or the misplaced songs seem out-of-place compared with the tone of the rest of the film. Thankfully, these are only a few and far between.
The rest of the film flows smoothly and is peppered with interesting characters. Much like real life, put together a group of people and you will fine a few cynical ones, a few who are overwhelmed, a few who take charge and a few who are outright annoying. Purab Kohli's Ibrahim is the silent elf, who goes about his business without much ado. Prakash Belawadi's George is one from the irritating category. He will remind you of that one uncle who wouldn't do a thing for any one else but carries a high sense of entitlement to being looked after. This last one added a much-need, close-to-real-life quirk, however it got overdone soon and became repetitive thereafter.
However, that doesn't take away from the performances. Not only were Purab Kohli and Prakash Belawadi's performances engaging, those of Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur too. Akshay Kumar is always a pleasure to watch when he is in non-hero mode. Even here, when he gets into a fist-fight, he is a common man reacting to something that got to him. Innamulhaq as the Iraqi major has a very distracting accent though because of which his whole act comes off as over-the-top.
Nimrat Kaur, on the other hand, is as convincing as a bored, rich guy's wife as she is as a bickering one and equally as one who stands up for her husband. You can't blame her or even the script if the role called for her to just be a wife, one way or another. Maybe to counter that she is given a monologue – for her character to seem pertinent and keep Airlift from being a movie with barely any women. Good thing then, that it is directed towards a character who deserves the bashing. But maybe that is why the monologue seems stretched a tad bit, because it seems like it has an ulterior motive.
This holds true of a few other scenes and situations too – a little stretched and repetitive. But fortunately, not enough to hamper the pace of the film too much. The climax seems a little rushed, but that is more about over-simplification than the pace of the film.
Yet, Airlift doesn't suffer too bad because of these issues. After all, anything that instills your faith in humanity can suffer only so much because things like pace and length. Especially, because these 'too good to be true' events are true.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...But Schindler’s List carried a charge of danger. Will he get caught? That is never a question in Airlift, which, after the urgent initial portions, begins to plod towards a wholly expected ending. Even the scenes with the Kuwaiti widow, who’s described as a “time bomb,” don’t really detonate. But none of this takes away from the fact that this is a fine film, a fine example of how it’s possible to incorporate Western understatement into a very Indian movie, and, more importantly, a fine model for how our aging heroes can continue playing the action hero. At least until a time we begin to wonder if the film should really be called… Facelift. ... full review
Thumbs up, by ASIRA TARANNUM, Deccan Chronicle : ...Coming to the glitches, one couldn't understand when Akshay Kumar, who doesn't approve of Hindi music, is seen shaking a leg on a song in the opening sequence of the film. The first half of the film moves smoothly but the hasty evacuation towards the end makes the story lose grip. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sethumadhavan Napan, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - A non jingoistic patriotic tale,this one sees director Raja Menon making it to the big league & has one of Akshay Kumar's best performances. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Tanul Thakur , FirstPost : ...These flaws do hurt Airlift, but it still remains a deeply humane film. It is, of course, a straightforward commercial film, which is not unfamiliar to silly compromises, but one that’s also not sheepish about the fact that it cares. Sometimes that’s enough. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Subash K Jha, FirstPost : ...Sometimes, being human comes naturally to cinema. That’s the moment we need to salute celebrate and sanctify so that we get to see more unsung heroes on screen. We didn’t know Ranjit Katyal. But now Akshay Kumar has brought this unclaimed hero out of the rubble of history. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...AIRLIFT brings to mind the HOTEL RWANDA, the 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. In this movie, Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, leads a happy life with his wife and children in Rwanda. He displays immense courage by saving the lives of many helpless refugees during a communal war. ... full review
Thumbs up, by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live : ...For the most part, the film feels authentic, and Nimrat Kaur blends right in. Just a wee bit awkward in the early scenes, she comes into her own by the time she must deliver a scathing monologue during a crisis of faith over her husband’s actions. But Airlift, expectedly, rests on Akshay Kumar’s shoulders, and he underplays the heroism beautifully, bringing quiet but steely resolve to the character, even delivering the stray note of humor almost conversationally. There’s almost none of his starry baggage in this performance, which easily counts amongst his best. ... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Conclusion: Airlift is a commendable and laudable film which deserves to be seen by all Indians on the occasion of Republic Day. It is made with humanity to tell a human story which could have turned out to be a tragedy. A few brave souls saved the lives of 170,000 people and it’s time more Indian directors started telling stories like this which tells Indian stories amidst a global scenario. If you are in the mood to be entertained, watch Airlift. If you are in the mood to be educated, watch Airlift. If you are in a patriotic mood, watch Airlift. You know what? Just watch Airlift. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Watch or Not?: Airlift is a perfect Republic day weekend watch. It’s not high on patriotism but has the right amount of it. Also, like always Akshay Kumar never lets you down with films coming from this genre. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...While in no way diminishing close to a dozen excellent supporting turns—Kumud Mishra’s South Block bureaucrat in particular is beautifully written and played—this is undeniably Kumar’s film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Menon's deft execution of the plot in hand, crisp editing (Hemanti Sarkar), dialogues which are perfectly tailored for the script, and good cinematography (Priya Seth) make this film a must watch. Don't miss it.... full review
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...However, Airlift is not just a taut thriller and does send across a message about patriotism and unity without rubbing your nose in it. The background score and the cinematography does wonders for the plot and renders Airlift one of the most watchable films to have come out this year. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...On an overall basis, ‘Airlift’ is a fine docu-drama with stellar performance and brilliant story telling. I won’t add ‘Airlift’ to the genre of hardcore patriotic films, but, would instead term it as a great human drama. Kudos to the makers, to add and display a forgotten piece of history in its cinematic avatar. Though it mellows down in the middle portion and might not please Akshay’s massy fans, but, for all others who love good cinema, ‘Airlift’ makes you endure the crisis in reality due to its fine cinema. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Akshay Kumar is fantastic as the businessman who turns into a hero in the moments of crisis. The character goes through an entire gamut of emotions, and Akshay comes out trumps. Kumud Mishra is masterful as the government official who tries his best to make a case for the trapped Indians. Nimrat Kaur impresses as the well-looked after wife who also surprises by displaying real grit by choosing to stay back with the other Indians. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Shaheen Raaj, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: Airlift is one classy film well suited for the globe-trotting film festival circuit. And for its popularity amongst the Indian mass audiences it certainly needs a lot of encouragement.... full review
Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Yet, Airlift works because it conveys a time when armies will attack civilians - you're struck by how IS was born from the Iraqi army's core - and raises Bollywood's generic bar. Plus, it movingly celebrates the most beautiful flag in the world. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...A must watch for every Indian. Remember this will make you believe in what Indians can do when 'united'. It can be your January 26—Republic Day delight with family! ... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Still, with all its flaws, Airlift is head and shoulders, eyebrows and hairline above the last film in which Akshay ventured into India’s foreign affairs, the amateurishly written Baby. This one manages to build up a sense of urgency around the evacuation effort, gets us to feel for its characters and reminds us that the worst of times can bring out the best in ordinary folk. It would be great to see Akshay backing more films like Airlift and Special 26 (2013). This is the best that he has ever been. ... full review
So-So, by Tashar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life : ...Watch Airlift coz it tells a very important story that never got a mention in our history books. And also because the attempt to try out such subjects and storylines is applause worthy. Only if there were less songs and an editor who could tighten the length, Airlift would be soaring newer heights. ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...There’s no doubt that much more could have been done with this story. While gritty and engaging, this is at best a feeble attempt to tell a story about contemporary heroics.... full review
So-So, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...The film signs off with a heart-tugging patriotic feeling. Suddenly it feels so right - you forgive (and possibly forget) the first half and walk away feeling light-headed. It's a splendid feeling to love one's country and it's even better to love it without having to hate anyone. That is perhaps the biggest achievement for Airlift. ... full review
So-So, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...all wrapped up in the tricolour. Airlift would have been a better film without this nationalistic bluster but has a bigger potential at the box office now with the Republic Day just round the corner.... full review
So-So, by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall : ...There isn’t a direct reference to any other Indian film, sure. But comparisons with Argo will be inevitable, and Airlift falls well short of that small little big film in the areas that matter. ... full review
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VaibhavPuranikk: Airlift review : Must watch if you are a @akshaykumar fan, & also a must watch even if you are not...
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ThatDesiTeen: Why can't Bollywood audience watch Airlift instead of Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 ? Please don't let Airlift flop. Wth guys!
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sunyy7: In #Airlift @akshaykumar delivers his best performance ever. (A Classic, Real Film - Do not Miss). 4.5*/5.
SubwaySync: Amazing! AIRLIFT movie. Love it.
sri50: #Airlift 3.5/5. #NimritKaur is aptly cast. Supporting actors make it real like Prakash Belwadi & Haq as Iraqi general super. - Rushed ending
spalresha: Must must watch film...#Airlift Adore @akshaykumar for making this kinda film..#Patroism#salute#
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sky08081994: watched Airlift the fantastic one for the Indian one and the perfect is this one ....feel the patritiosm in u
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shivaok: Thank you @akshaykumar for makin such a nice movie... Enjoyed a lot #Airlift Jai Hind
shaileshkapoor: Akshay Kumar is a delight to watch in Airlift. Simply outstanding. Peak of his career, this.
ShahMrmerciless: After #Baby #Airlift is Akshay Kumar's best heartwarming entertainment movie @akshaykumar Well portrait by @RajaMenon . feels proud
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sambitrocks: #Airlift Hats off @akshaykumar Nobody could have done this role better than you. This movie is a milestone in Indian cinema.
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RocKstrGirl: OMG Holiday Special 26 Baby Gabbar Is Back now Airlift.... @akshaykumar.... _/\_ you are the BEST..<3
ritukarwa: Plz Don't Leave The Cinema Hall After Movie Gets Over Do Watch Out For End Credits & Pics From Evacuation Off 1990 #Airlift
rinks_s: Watched Airlift ....gud job Akki n nimi ..luv u for tht
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RaviTejaDevotee: will watch again #Airlift
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ratikarani: just watch #airlift ,love it
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panditshridhar: #Airlift one of the best film seen recent years. Thank you @akshaykumar for the film.
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niteshajmer: Airlift.. must watch movie.. fantastic performances.. akshay .. u r the best.. best movie of all time..
NHAcharya: Go watch #Airlift. Just go.
Nainaaidasani: Its movies such as #Airlift that make people believe in the power of cinema. @akshaykumar you spectacular man take a bow!
mr_khiladi24: ✈ #Airlift is a good film, solidly plotted, well executed and well-acted by @akshaykumar @NimratOfficial must watch
Mohitkumar_prt: Good Evening Mitro,,, jai shree Radhe. The one thing i would recommend u plz a must watch the best movie airlift. Akshay sir (*ˉ︶ˉ*) लव यू
manishk900: #Airlift it's a must watch with such a inspiring story of our country @akshaykumar @NimratOfficial too good with entire creators of this!!!
ManekGadhvi: Please do not compare #Airlift with shit #KyaKoolHainHum3 movie. Is that really a movie? I wouldn't watch it. Good night.
Mainak25: Amazing acting!!!! @akshaykumar. Again first day imdb rating 9.7/10 after Baby #airlift
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KhiladiForever: Muje Airlift dobara dekhna hei abhi
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JayPurani1: Airlift ✈
jayantadas10: Everything in the movie #Airlift looks real, this is TOP CLASS PERFORMANCE from whole team. Audience should go to Multiplex at least once.
iSubodhSharma: #Airlift Must watch movie of this year. Masterpiece Airlift
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info_future: What a movie!!!! #Airlift. Hats off to the best Actor @akshaykumar.
imabhimehta: Superhit airlift
IAmKumarManoj: शानदार जबरदस्त जिंदाबाद एक शानदार मूवी एक सच्चे भारतीय की जिसकी कहानी आपके रोंगटे खड़ी कर देगी @akshaykumar #Airlift
Huss_Master: When You Watch Movies Lyk #Airlift U Can Say That 'Acche Din' Is Back In Bollywood
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Ekta_hinduja: #airlift a Movie for those whole believe they can survive anywhere without their motherland... Well Watch it to believe it .... #indialove
dryeyes4docs: Airlift is a must watch...the story of a PROUD INDIAN should be known to every1!!
DRSUNILTIWARI2: your acting is superrrbbb .. one day u will be no. 1 actressess in bollywood. @Nimratofficial . #Airlift
DKBabbar: what a classic movie ! wow! glad akki sir ! MASTERPIECE AIRLIFT
djain15: Go and watch it please. You wil feel proud to be an indian. @akshaykumar You nailed it Bro!
Dhiraj14Sharma: The #Airlift has lifted everybody's mood to #Patriotism.
coolajjurana: i watched #Airlift well done @akshaykumar u r hero of the nation keep it up superb movie . 5/5.
chilkoti2: Airlift: Movie Review : Sez - Gr8 !!
chiintan89: After watchin #Airlift movie the only thing comes in mind #PROUD and true #INDIAN movie worth #Oscar
bose_suprateek: MASTERPIECE AIRLIFT , no Khan can beat @akshaykumar , Jai Hind
bhavyasharma: Saw #Airlift today..great movie with amazing performances
bhanutyag: #airlift awesome movie @akshaykumar awesome acting sir.. the flag uplifted at jordan scene is best #respect #proudtobeindian
BeingAban: Liked #Airlift * Good performances * Slow paced but enjoyable * Much better than Baby
bansalat: Watched Airlift in London, Excellent movie, Thanks @akshaykumar @NimratOfficial Well done. #VandeMatram #JaiHind
BANASREEGHOSH: #Airlift wow!!!!hatoff @akshaykumar ...guys u have to watch it...for me 5 out of 5....
arunwagesh: #Airlift Worth watch. Only for patriotic ppl. Not for pseudo seculars. After all bakhwas Khan's movies, Airlift - a treat on Republic day
Ankit1606Singh: Really a nice movie Airlift @akshaykumar what a acting done by you really good work . After ths only this come to mind Vande Matram Jai Hind
Aniruddhsippy: Watched #Airlift #AirliftDay It's #jolly_good....#such a #Masterpiece @akshaykumar MASTERPIECE AIRLIFT
akshay_nepal: Oww great feeling. Hats off you akki sir #Airlift 5/5
akkolapkar: Nice movie
AKFansGroup: For ur money & time,#AkshayKumar is most watchable star in Bolywood today.#RanjitKatiyal is Bahubali of his crisis (SKJ) AIRLIFT IN CINEMAS
ajitkrsinhaa: Watched 'Airlift'..... Well done Akshay Kumar and the team.
ajaydevgnfan: Wishing all the very best to @akshaykumar for #Airlift will be watch it this weekend.
Adil12346: The urge to go and watch 'Airlift' right now rather than be revising
aasthatomar: #Airlift...must watch...not only for the movie but to realise how #Refugees suffer and how lucky we are to sit in our homes comfortably
AaRVverma9: Airlift!!!What A Outstanding Movie @akshaykumar Sir U r Always My ideal.Ur acting Is Outstanding U Make us Proud Sir Ji.. IProudtobeIndian.
AanyaSaar: Feel proud we have such good heroes in our country ! #AirIndia evacuated 170k humans #Airlift @sabsebadakhiladi @IndusSpirit @Abundantia_Ent
91_9033757176: Watched movie #Airlift awesome movie.. #AkshayKumar rocks.. #superlikes must watch movie.
25de03c6f6b744a: #Airlift released today with excellent reports! Superb performance @Akshay kumar !Must watch...
_shaayraana: #Airlift is honestly one of the most enduring films ever, set amidst a war backdrop. So earnestly conveyed by @RajaMenon @nikkhiladvani
santosh0929: Airlift has super performance by Akshay Kumar. But weak direction and execution spoils the narrative.Akshay is in top form and life of movie
amol4: #Airlift is a good film. Documentary-ish. Could hv been faster. The 'tension' isnt there as much as is reqd fr a thriller. Akshay is superb!
ambitious_amar: Hmm yaar 1time acha laga par 2nd time yeh irritating lag raha tha
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