The Iraq Kuwait war in 1990
was started by saddam for economic reasons
perhaps also for personal aggrandisement...
Yet this one step changed
the lives of ordinary Kuwaiti citizens
including that of Indian origin
A crisis brings out the best
and worst in man
so the protagonist, a businessman of Indian origin
who till then understood only the language of money
and was willing to be ruthless for money
even to long-time friends
understood, learnt the meaning of compassion.
His world grew from immediate family
to those who worked for him
then to everyone of Indian origin
who came for help to his doorstep
Finally, he even included for the rescue
a hapless Kuwaiti woman and child
risking the security of everyone else
yes, the fellow feeling for humanity
triumphed over all else...
The rescue mission, a real life happening
Involved tense moments of
many a slip between the cup and the lip
apathetic minister, admin in Delhi
and at the embassy in Kuwait
who had their own priorities
and couldn’t care less.
Yet the final triumph
was made possible
by the odd good hearted bureaucrats as well
who supported the protagonist and friends
to the last, till the very end…
‘Airlift’ soars high in the air
and lifts the spirits of the audience
great job by the cast- akshay, Nimrat kaur, prakash Belawadi, Lena
and crew- Priya Seth (Camera), Hemanth Sarkar( Editing)
of this gripping film
taut, precise with never
a dull moment…
This is perhaps the best
performance of Akshay Kumar
who has also worn
the producer’s hat
for this wonderful movie
with sure touch direction
of Raja Krishna Menon! .
PS: The 1990 airlift of Indians from Kuwait was carried out from 13 August to 20 October 1990 after the Invasion of Kuwait. Air India holds the Guinness Book of World Records] for the most people evacuated i.e. 170,000 people by a civil airliner as a result of this effort in which 500 were sent through a ship. The operation was carried out during the Persian Gulf War in 1990 to evacuate Indian expatriates from Kuwait. It is believed to be the largest civilian evacuation in history The Indians based in Kuwait also helped in the evacuation efforts.