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9/10
Airlift is nail-biting, reality-based action thriller that is going to give you goose bumps. Brilliant !!
ketgup8322 January 2016
Over the years Akshay Kumar's choice of selecting the films has certainly improved with significant examples being Holiday, Baby, Special Chabbis, Gabbar Is Back to name few. Move over commercial masala potboilers with item songs, hero smashing 10 guys with a single blow and typical song-dance routine – Raja Menon's Airlift will give you goosebumps with fast-paced gritting thrills and excitement.

Based on a true story, Airlift speaks about the Ranjit Katyal (played by Akshay Kumar) who helps the Indian Government collaborate with Air India to help evacuate 1,70,000 Indians from Kuwait after Iraq raided the country.

From the director of critical acclaimed films like Bas Yun Hi and Barah Aana, Raja Menon does a fantastic research about the feat that was even recorded in the Guinness Book of World Record and surprisingly people are unaware about it. Airlift will consume you right from the beginning especially when Akshay's family faces the issue of Iraqi raiding Kuwait. From here onward, there is no turning back as the movie gives you nice twist-n-turns with well- choreographed action scenes. Icing on the cake is the climax scenes which has been well executed. On the flip side, length of the movie could have been reduced little further. But brilliant screenplay, Art direction and cinematography is spellbinding. Background score gels well with the mood of the film. Dialogues are fine. The music of the film is doing well on the chartbuster. The soulful number such as 'Soch Na Sake' is already a superhit among the viewers. Besides, other tracks are catching up fast as well.

It is Akshay Kumar's show all the way. A thumbs up to him for doing something different from his usual masala potboilers. After giving back-to-back hits in 2015 with Baby, Gabbar Is Back and Singh Is Bliing, Akshay Kumar is definitely on a roll. With Holiday, Baby and now Airlift, Akshay Kumar has managed to create a image of "Mera Bharat Mahaan" actor and fans will love him in new avatar. The fresh pairing of Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur works well. Nimrat Kaur's realistic subtlety would harness Akshay Kumar's machismo and give us that perfect thriller

Overall , Airlift is nail-biting, reality-based action thriller that is going to give you goose bumps. Brilliant 4.5/5
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10/10
Steals Hearts!
saivenkat0222 January 2016
After Bajrangi Bhaijaan, this one is the next heart stealer! In an industry where good films are not as often coming, movies like these are hugely treasured. Airlift is a real story where humanity is celebrated, and a movie on humanity needs to strike the right chord to enter the audience's hearts. And this one very memorably goes! Akshay Kumar gives his heart and soul to the role and is a huge reason why the movie achieves its heights. The screenplay and direction are top notch, and the music is very hum worthy. And best thing, it felt like it ended early as audiences were wanting more. Seriously Indian cinema standards will take a rise more with this movie. Highly recommended watch!
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10/10
Great Movie. Nice start for 2016
krishnacv22 January 2016
Airlift is simply a great movie whether you talk about direction or acting,its simply mind blowing. Akshay kumar's gritty acting is simply mesmerizing.Unlike other movies , songs of this movie are soothing and full of melody. Its great that they didn't put a item song. The film is based on the real-life conflict and bloodshed that took place twenty five years back in Kuwait, and the way it is done—with a sense of urgency and immediacy, bringing alive a city over-run and under siege—sends out a crucial message to star-driven-yet-drivel- producing Bollywood.Other than that Nimrat kaur's was also very good. Overall, 'Airlift' is a good film,solidly plotted, well executed and well- acted. A must watch. Its a perfect movie for Republic Day Week !
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9/10
Airlift will surely touch all Indians by heart!
maulin522 January 2016
As this year has been started well with Wazir, the good work of Bollywood is on the road with increasing the speed and performance. Yes, I'm talking about Akshay Kumar starer Airlift, directed by Raja Krishna Menon, and which is based on true events! Film starts in Kuwait. Rajiv Katyal (Akki) has been reached on the top level in business with his ability. He refers himself as a Kuwait citizen. But when the government leaves their citizens when Iraq attacks on Kuwait under the order of Saddam Hussain, the people becomes needless. Rajiv now feels that he is an Indian, and so along with other 1,70,000 people who are actually Indians but lives in Kuwait, he starts the mission to run from Kuwait as soon as possible. His tries, his communication to India for the help, and the officer's help from India - These things you can find out in this movie. Some factors, like emotions of love for the family, for the nation, for the coworkers and their relatives, for the people who are only belongs to the same nation, have been described very well. Many moments where we can feel patriotism. Raja has directed a superb film. Akshay has given a stunning performance as usual. I was comparing Baby film with this, but both are different. But if you ask for just one movie, than I'll go with this one. Nimrat Kaur is my favorite since The Lunchbox and Dairy Milk commercials. She has delivered a fine supportive job. She shines as a wife of a rich businessman and a caring mother. Kumud Mishra fits absolutely in the character of a government officer. Poorab Kohli has a small role. Supportive cast are fine, too. De Di and Soch Na Sake are very small songs. Perfectly situated. Tu Bhula Jise is the song to remember. Background score suits to the film. Dialogues are good. Nimrat's 3/4 minuets long conversation with a unsatisfied man of the camp who always complains, is a must! Cinematography is good. Some scenes give are shaky, those could have been shoot better. Editing is fine. Indian flag has been waved by an airport staff of Jordan and Akki is watching that, while Tu Bhula Jise song is playing - the scene has been brought so many whistles and shouts. And than one more, in which Air India plane is taking off, while Akki is watching that and in background Vande Mataram is playing - a truly emotional scene! It will surely gives you goosebumps! Overall, a must watch movie for every Indians, to know the largest human evacuation. Salute to all the real heroes! Jai Hind!
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10/10
Every Indian must watch Airlift for once.2016 starts with bang. Akshay kumar nailed the role....
divash-rock2222 January 2016
Airlift is the best film of Akshay kumar till date. The story is all about a business man in Kuwait(Akshay) thinks that he is also a Kuwaiti. But when Iraq invades Kuwait he realizes that he is an Indian and helped all 170000 Indian. This movie give u goosebumps there is no boring scene in the movie. A perfect movie for Rebublic day. This movie is perfect for classy movie lovers who love this type of patriotic movies. All the star cast of the movie done a fantastic job. This time Akshay will surely get an award for Airlift. ...... Go with yours friends, family and watch AIRLIFT in theaters. U guys surely fell proud to be an Indian after watching this movie.
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10/10
Great Movie, must watch.
nidhi_india22 January 2016
Warning: Spoilers
What do you say about a movie like Airlift?

THIS IS IT! (Remo Fernandes in Jhalak Dikhla Ja)

One hasn't been to too many First Day Shows in the recent past. But this story was too compelling to pass up. One lugged a child and his friend and the friend's mother. All 4 to a First Day Show. And what a treat!

The background music blends in so subtly you don't even notice it. The rest of the score is soothing, melodious and easy on the ears - not a mean feat for a quasi action film. BUT.. the best part is this - the characters are so beautifully etched. Each one of them - including the ensemble cast. Everyone has a place to fill, and everyone fills that place so well. Full marks to the Casting Director! And the actors, of course.

I have become an Akshay Kumar fan in the recent years. From being Bollywood's favourite Khiladi in more ways than one, this person has matured as an actor. He brings that rare thing to the screen - persona. Nimrat Kaur does justice to her role. I would have liked a lot more layering in the expressions of this rather complex character, but that's just me. Joseph - who grows in stature from that first shot when Akshay Kumar is asking him how much moneys they have, to the end. Purab Kohli as Iqbal.. what can one say? He stands out, really, REALLY stands out, is all. You will have to see his performance to know what I mean. From the man who escorts the hero to a small gathering of friends in a supermarket, to the man who ensures an identity for a woman with an infant, and then looks the hero in the eye as he walks past, this man truly is an equal.

But this was not one man's victory. Nor was it the story of one man. There were so many invisible hands who made this happen. They have been acknowledged in the end, but only in passing. They deserved so much more credit for standing by a man and supporting his battle.

One Lakh Seventy Thousand WOWs for this movie. I can only imagine the scale of that number. A full residential complex with 1000 flats has only 5000 people on average. A full movie hall - maybe 150. A flight - 300? 448 flights. Those are numbers that will remain in our mind for a long, long time. Sad that it took so long for someone to tell such an inspirational story, but that time only makes it more special, as we are in a position to look back and appreciate how that one battle of 1990 changed the course of world history, and continues to do so - 25 years later.
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10/10
Historic Airlift..... One of India's best movie ever..... Akshay Kumar is just awesome He's the Best
gurucena22 January 2016
What a beautiful gift to the Indian Cinema by Akshay Kumar, Raja Menon & the whole team of Airlift. The story of biggest human evacuation told amazingly well. Its so good from the start to end that you can feel what condition those 1,70,000 Indians would have gone through. Clap, clap & clap in the end that's what me & the whole theater was doing.

Akshay Kumar as Ranjit Katiyal was just awesome he has taken his acting to another level with this one. Salute to him for doing amazing & inspirational movies like OMG, Holiday, Baby, Gabbar & now Airlift. Nimrat Kaur as his wife was just too good, her scene with Prakash Belawadi is awesome & clap worthy. Purab Kohli, Kumud Mishra & especially Prakash Belawadi were too good.

Direction by Raja Menon is fabulous he has done a great work in researching this true story.

Feeling so proud to be an Indian & realized what great thing my country India has done for all of us. Salute to all those unsung heroes of this biggest human evacuation ever.

And Thank You to the whole team of Airlift for this historic movie. One of India's best ever.
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10/10
Airlift movie review: Akshay Kumar film is well executed and well-acted
rhindistar22 January 2016
Over the years Akshay Kumar's choice of selecting the films has certainly improved with significant examples being Holiday, Baby, Special Chabbis, Gabbar Is Back to name few. Move over commercial masala potboilers with item songs, hero smashing 10 guys with a single blow and typical song-dance routine – Raja Menon's Airlift will give you goosebumps with fast-paced gritting thrills and excitement. Based on a true story, Airlift speaks about the Ranjit Katyal (played by Akshay Kumar) who helps the Indian Government collaborate with Air India to help evacuate 1,70,000 Indians from Kuwait after Iraq raided the country. From the director of critical acclaimed films like Bas Yun Hi and Barah Aana, Raja Menon does a fantastic research about the feat that was even recorded in the Guinness Book of World Record and surprisingly people are unaware about it. Airlift will consume you right from the beginning especially when Akshay's family faces the issue of Iraqi raiding Kuwait. From here onward, there is no turning back as the movie gives you nice twist-n-turns with well- choreographed action scenes. Icing on the cake is the climax scenes which has been well executed. On the flip side, length of the movie could have been reduced little further. But brilliant screenplay, Art direction and cinematography is spellbinding. Background score gels well with the mood of the film. Dialogues are fine. The music of the film is doing well on the chartbuster. The soulful number such as 'Soch Na Sake' is already a superhit among the viewers. Besides, other tracks are catching up fast as well. It is Akshay Kumar's show all the way. A thumbs up to him for doing something different from his usual masala potboilers. After giving back-to-back hits in 2015 with Baby, Gabbar Is Back and Singh Is Bliing, Akshay Kumar is definitely on a roll. With Holiday, Baby and now Airlift, Akshay Kumar has managed to create a image of "Mera Bharat Mahaan" actor and fans will love him in new avatar. The fresh pairing of Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur works well. Nimrat Kaur's realistic subtlety would harness Akshay Kumar's machismo and give us that perfect thriller Overall , Airlift is nail-biting, reality-based action thriller that is going to give you goose bumps. Brilliant 4.5/5
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10/10
A classic that India will always be proud of
saurabhrathi22 January 2016
Its rare, in its extremity, for Bollywood to make a masterpiece. But Akshay kumar has now the habit to steal the audiences, Last year it was with BABY and now its AIRLIFT.

I was waiting for this movie since October and this is up to the mark,I had never review a movie but this made me to review.

As it was mentioned by Akki that every family should take their children for airlift, and I will also recommend this to you. Their is a scene which will make you shout "VANDE MATRAM" and IF YOU ARE A Indian ,YOU MUST SEEE THIS EPIC. Definitely ,you will feel proud after watching this.
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10/10
A must Watch Movie For every Indian and its doesn't matter u r Hindu or Muslim but if u are a real Indian and go and watch awesome movie
ravi-mudgil199622 January 2016
Guys a must watch movie for all peoples we are always watching Hollywood movie and think they are awesome and if u want a Indian heroism story so go and watch airlift best performance by akshay and nimrat and other star cast "Some stories *should* be told. #Airlift sheds light on the evacuation of Indians in Kuwait after the invasion by Iraq. Narrated BRILLIANTLY. #Airlift is taut, engrossing, leaves a hammer-strong impact. Raja Krishna Menon is a director to watch out for. Deserves brownie points. #Airlift is a must must watch. One of the finest films to come out of the Hindi film industry. Just do not miss this one
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10/10
Airlift - Stays true to its name!!!
user-81-13150425 January 2016
It is one of those movies which will test your sensibilities and in the end will only make you stand up and clap.Just like an aircraft takes time to lift ,same is the case with Airlift.It takes time to build up in the first half but in the second it just flies and knocks you left right and center.

Credit goes to Akshay Kumar who invested in the script.He brought the real patriotic Indian on screen.His performance was a total standout.

It is a must watch for all those cynical and worthless Indians who do nothing but portray the essence of the nation in a bad light.Feeling really proud after watching this.Such movies really need to be encouraged!!!

Vande Matram
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10/10
Milestones are rarely produced.
nagendrafauzdar22 January 2016
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Milestones as airlift are rarely produced. Choice of star cast was amazing. 'GEORGE' is too good. Inaamhulaq is very impressive. Story is beautifully narrated without losing the grip . Everyone has given 100% either Nimrat or Purab. Performance by Akshay is at its seventh. A glimpse of every side of him is visible. Most importantly, even the Indian flag can make feel safe (truly patriotic and heart throbbing), after all "its our nature to call mother when hurt " . Overall, its a must watch. " I can't give you a reason to watch this movie, but grant yourself a one; so as to know who we Indians are and what we have done".
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10/10
#airlift #trueindians #patriotism #respect #akki
kskkiran22 January 2016
#airlift Awesome movie, we need this kind of the movie's and hero's like #akki, A movie which inspires and motivate everyone of us, To do good, even for unknown people's. #trueindians, #patriotism #respect from bottom of my heart. we are looking forward even in future for this kind of movies from #akshay sir. jai hind………. #airlift Awesome movie, we need this kind of the movie's and hero's like #akki, A movie which inspires and motivate everyone of us, To do good, even for unknown people's. #trueindians, #patriotism #respect from bottom of my heart. we are looking forward even in future for this kind of movies from #akshay sir. jai hind……….
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10/10
one of the best thriller made in India ever!!
akav-4134722 January 2016
Raja menon proved that one can make a superb thriller from an real life incident.Direction and acting is superb.Akshay proved again that he is one of the most versatile star today.Overall this movie is a treat for all Indian .Every one should watch it irrespective of whose fan you are.Release time is great(near republic day).Movie will keep you on the edge of seat all the time.Believe me this one is better than baby(akshay 2015 thriller movie) with more detailed and entertaining story line.It will face good competition from kkhh3 but as we all know content is king so the competition will be initial..in longer run airlift will be a sure shot winner.
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10/10
Best Bollywood Movie Ever
cutiepurva22 January 2016
Awesome Movie, quite a Realistic Depiction of of Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, great Direction by Raj K menon, Akshay Kumar has played his part in q realistic way, His Best performance so has Nimrat Kaur and the entire crew as well.

a great movie of decade and movie of patriotism. this movie will be guideline to current generation with balanced emotions action and romance. really great movie in recent times. if u miss this then u r looser. P.S. I am not Akshay fan

Airlift is worth some hundred bucks. A story that will make you feel, that India cares for its Indian's. Exhilarating performance by AkshayKumar. Trust me guys this movie will surely lift you up.
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10/10
Airlift Awesome plot
gargaman9221 January 2016
A story must to be spread #Airlift is compelling, thanks largely to a sterling performance from Akshay Kumar, who is both suitably weary and suitably level-headed for the part enough to anchor the proceedings. The actor is always fine when reined in, and Menon plays to his strengths and Kumar only snaps once, almost reflexively, into Bollywood hero mode, but he is mostly calm and grown-up and holding on.

It is several steps ahead of Kumar's other recent January releases, Baby (2015) and Special 26 (2013), and deserves all the box-office it can get. The bar has been raised and it's about bloody time.

Watch Airlift because 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 story lines is applause worthy. Only if there were less songs and an editor who could tighten the length, Airlift would be soaring newer heights.
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10/10
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jsingh573-23-70960422 January 2016
Airlift is first and foremost a heart-stopping thriller coming all the way from Bollywood. It's the story of a man whose heroism is awakened in the hour of crisis. Some of the most engrossing moments in the deviously- scripted political thriller find Ranjit Katyal making contact with an officer in the Minister Of External officers in the slim of getting help from the Indian government.

All the actors, never known to let down there characters, creates tremendous empathy for there roles, at one point of time struggling to convince an apathetic Indian administration to send help for the stranded Indians in Kuwait. During times of a crisis the humanism of an otherwise self-centred civilization is known to surface effortlessly. Airlift takes us through that journey of the awakened conscience with exhilarating empathy.
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10/10
An excellent heart touching + thriller package, AIRLIFT is a benchmark for all film industry. Must watch movie.
fatfitnessworld22 January 2016
This film is crisp, engaging and racy with lots of action and seriousness along. Never does the film lag in pace or substance. A lot of Bollywood films have been made on terrorism, smuggling and anti social elements previously, most of which sank without a trace. But with fame of Holiday & Baby, Akshay takes a completely different approach with Airlift. Talking about the music & characters of the films, then critics are all satisfied with the star casts. Akshay & Nimrat Kaur all are looking suitable to their roles. Plus music of film is also very catchy and nice. That is the reason most of the critics have rated the film 4 out of 5 stars which clearly shows that not only audience but critics are also in support of Airlift. Very few analysts or critics have given somewhat mixed reviews for Airlift else everyone else is in favor of the film due to its strong entertainment quotient and high public craze.
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6/10
A historical achievement enfeebled by poor film-making! Airlift is mediocre. Period.
scottshak_11117 February 2016
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Yes, we had a great plot in our baggage. A true story intended to pan out a biopic that could have turned heads, made some noise about the plight of 170000 stuck Indians in a warzone. An immaculate rescue operation that was so colossal that it lodged its name in the Guinness Book of World Records for being one of the largest evacuations of all times.

But what does Menon do with it? He changes facts, people, creates sheer fiction, rules out details, comes with a hand-woven shoddy script to replace the truth, places his own fake characters to enrich melodrama, throws in some songs in there to deliberately connect with the Indian audience, enforces unrealistic patriotism for emphasis, and squeezes in pointless unwanted tantrums to say the least.

SPOILERS AHEAD: The movie begins by depicting the lavish life of the protagonist whilst noisily pointing out how little Katyal, a big fish in the Kuwait business suburbs, thought of his homeland. He had turned, as suggested by a brayed intentional laugh of his friends, more Kuwaitian than a Kuwaitian himself. These bits again seemed forced rather than appear natural so as to benefit the script.

Chaos depicted by some pathetic CGI bombing, tanks and helicopters raids manifest how little we have progressed in movie making. Third grade young actors chosen here try to scare you with guns and a foreign accent. They fail terribly at it. Their acts were excruciatingly unpromising as they try to kick someone lethargically on the butt, shoot people to nail in absent fear, make advances at young girls, or occasionally stop people for intimidating enquiry. Amidst all the mayhem Akshay Kumar cries which somehow doesn't blend in with the unconvincing setup. Also, when he runs home to not discover his wife and child, whilst looking unperturbed by the snot lazily hanging from his nose (which seemed a very forceful shot by Menon BTW), really squeezed out acting from him, which pretty soon disappeared in its next impending frames. Menon tries to shoehorn drama in there which seemed more enacted to have ever reached a gut-wrenching point.

What was however quite endearing to watch was how the movie unfurls into better horizons from there as the protagonist starts taking effective measures to get the job done. The way the story oscillates with the 'how' is the crux of the flick. It however also tries to milk a character called George, played by Prakash Belawadi, depictive of a head that doesn't work well with the mass. What it failed to cash on was its moniker. The fact that Air India flew over 488 air planes in a war-hit zone was humongous, but it was vaguely mentioned in a daft line by Akshay. True heroics get overshadowed right there.

After watching this you will miss Neeraj Pandey big time, or even hope the likes of Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee or even the newcomer Neeraj Ghaywan to have picked this up. Airlift failed to engage and rivet us. The music couldn't captivate us and there was hardly an adrenaline moment to keep our jaws wide open for long. To say that it even came close to the likes of Argo would be downright foolish.

Alas! the damage has been done. What you have is mediocre served on your platter! What could have turned into something phenomenal ends up being an average Indian mainstream movie. It is quite unfortunate that the Indian mass loves this kind of stuff. I would call it nothing but an average crowd entertainer.

Go with lesser expectations and you might enjoy it.
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5/10
The Ratings though !!!
nunapachuau923 May 2016
One thing I've found prevalent among Indian cinemas are the ratings.Some of them are absurd to a point where you doubt the authenticity of IMDb as a source for checking the quality of any movie.This movie is one of the good ones but still it does not deserve its rating at all.There is no way it comes close to it.For example consider the latest release like Deadpool or Batman vs Superman.Both are equally excellent in terms of story,cinematography and both possess a line of star studded casts.Yet both of them do not have a rating they deserve because of the fair and right ratings from experts and viewers not from a particular or single place but from all over the world.Looking at this rating,I seriously doubt the entire Indian cinema ratings and would rather skip than waste my time and energy to go through any of the high rated movies and would skip the ones that do not even reach 5.This is my personal opinion but all I'm saying is the fans are not doing anyone any favors by giving outrageous ratings.
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8/10
A good movie 4 an event to remember!
muvi-fan-7322 January 2016
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Airlift is a movie about about how 1 lakh, 70 thousand Indians were safely moved out of war torn Kuwait in Year 1990. It is shown that one man named Ranjit Katyal (fictional character) was mainly responsible for safety of all this Indians in Kuwait. Ranjit could have fled to safety all alone but chooses to save life of other Indians First.

Pros: It's a biography of an event which has its name even in Guiness book of world records, people must know about it, so a movie.. plus point there. One man centered story gives us a hero to praise for. Quality of a worthy leader is well portrayed.

Cons: Historically inaccurate, but that's fine.

Rating: 7.5/10.
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10/10
Akki with hit after hit.
arshkumar922 January 2016
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Airlift is a war thriller movie.Akki is selecting great movies in recent years.It has a great storyline,i don't wanna put spoilers in here(just a little bit of em').You won't regret your choice to buy ticket for this movie,its based on real life incident.in this Akshay Kumar is playing role of Ranjit Katyal.Script is based on the war in Kuwait,Its theme is actually based on hostage rescue operation.Its an great movie if you haven't watched it once then go,hurry.Akki is a great actor no doubt in his talent and as always he did an awesome job here in this movie,Each cast member did best they can and it has yielded great results.
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10/10
Awesome Movie ans specially Akshay is impressive
aadesh-ceb22 January 2016
he film is well shot, with cinematographer Priya Seth achieving the right mix of impressive aerial shots and cramped hand-held bits, and reasonably well-textured with credible Middle Eastern detailing.

There are hiccups -- like Kumar singing a Hindi song moments after refusing to listen to Hindi songs -- and the songs do indeed get in the way every single time they come on, but things are smoothened over by the solid character artists populating this film, from the surprisingly effective Purab Kohli to the ever-excellent Kumud Mishra to the businessmen who play Kumar's buddies to the fascinatingly helpless Feryna Wazheir, who plays a Kuwaiti woman hoping to make her escape with the Indians.

It isn't all on the up and up, though: Prakash Belawadi, who seems to be in every film now post his star turn in Talvar, plays an infuriatingly pigheaded and badly written character.

Meanwhile Nimrat Kaur, who plays Kumar's wife, seems challenged by the brief of speaking softly with a strain of Punjabi, like a woman from a Pakistani play, while constantly wearing make-up regardless of how harrowed her character is, like a woman from an Indian television show.
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10/10
airlifted
djlaha22 January 2016
The film is based on the real-life conflict and bloodshed that took place twenty five years back in Kuwait, and the way it is done—with a sense of urgency and immediacy, bringing alive a city over-run and under siege—sends out a crucial message to star-driven-yet-drivel- producing Bollywood. That given the backing of an A-list star, anything is possible: well done, Akshay Kumar, for donning the producer-with- conviction hat to create a crackling film. Airlift proves that quality of Indian cinema is getting raised day by day. Akki delivered a fantabulous performance again after baby and special 26. The vandemataram anthem will surely create Goosebumps and will make you stand in the theatre. Raja Krishna menon as a debutant made a landmark. Nimrat Kaur as female lead was more than okay. Comic nuisance created by Prakash belawadi was very good. All over it can be said that the movie of the year is this. Although it will not have any award. Just go and watch the movie. I'm more than satisfied.
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7/10
Uplifts Indian cinema standard
dineshprakash21 January 2016
Director Mr. Raja Krishna Menon work is superb. You feel yourself in to the screen. Story is inspired by real incident. It is OK. Screenplay makes its interesting by adding so many good and balanced plot, like introducing Kuwaiti girl and its culmination, one scene of secretary with his father, telling him about pain of migration, which triggers him to take the matters personally, track of irritating George etc. Credit goes to screenplay writers Ritesh Shah, Suresh Nair, Director himself and Rahul Nangia . Dialogues by Ritesh Shah, are real and impactful. Transformation of characters are very good, like a hardcore businessman to an extra emotional human being of main character. Productions design by Mustafa Staionwala needs to be applauded. Film looks so real and then great work by Director of photography, Priya Seth, to capture it perfectly. It could have been brutal but makers kept it very balanced. One scene where lead actor scuffles with Iraqi soldiers is a note above but its culmination again makes it worth clapping. Performance wise Akhshay Kumar is fantabulous. He is just amazing in every scene, especially in emotional ones. Nimraut Kaur as Amrita is OK. She had a good scene but it was just OK performance by her. Inaamul Haq as Iraqi Major Khalaf Bin Zayd, is first rate. He had gone deep into character that its hard to believe that he is an Indian. His balanced greed in eyes and accent make his character believable. Kumud Mishra as secretary Sanjeev Kohli is impressive. Purab Kohli as Abraham makes his presence felt. Ajay Arya Singh as Akshay kumar first driver is fine in his brief role. Feryana Wazheir as Kuwaiti girl, Tasneem looks innocent as the requirement of character. There was least scope for music but when it comes gives the much needed relief and boosts the pace. Credit goes to music directors Ankit Tiwari and Amaan Malik.
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