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After the real life mission was successful, Air India entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being a civil airline that helped evacuate the highest number of people ever.
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The central character, Ranjit Katyal is based on Mr. Mathunny Mathews (popularly known as Toyota Sunny) a prominent businessman in Kuwait. He was there till the last flight took off with Indians on board.
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The film is based on the biggest evacuation operation of Indians in Kuwait during Saddam Hussein's rule.
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The sets in Ras Al-Khaima, UAE were re-designed to depict Kuwait during the 1990s.
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Akshay Kumar learned Arabic for his role as a Kuwait-based businessman.
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Airlift is the first Indian film which is based on the Gulf War.
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Akshay Kumar stated that Balraj Sahni's role in the film Waqt (1965) is his inspiration for the role where an earthquake shatters the peaceful life of Sahni's character.
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Airlift's WOM is the highest for any Hindi film since 2013 with a rating of 79.
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Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur started shooting for this film on 23 February 2015.
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The film is based on the real life evacuation of Indians from Kuwait when Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait.
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Purab Kohli collaborated with Akshay Kumar for the first time.
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Principal photography of the film began on 21 February.
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The song Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi was sampled from Khaled song Didi. That song was also a source of inspiration for the songs Subah Sham Mat Karo Tum Ladki from Shreeman Aashique, Jee Jee from Khoon Ka Sindoor, Suno Mere Rani ji from Brahma.
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The film was declared tax free by Uttar Pradesh and Bihar state governments on 28 January and 17 February 2016.
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The movie was criticized for over-simplifying the complex operation of the airlift.
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K. P. Fabian, who was the Joint Secretary of the Gulf division at the Ministry during the Gulf War in 1990, accused the film of deliberately spreading misinformation about the role of government officials at the time.
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While initially slated for release, it was eventually banned from cinemas in Kuwait for undisclosed reasons.
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The lyrics were written by lyricist Kumaar.
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The first song "Soch Na Sake" was released on T-Series official YouTube channel on 17 December 2015.
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The portrayal of diplomats and bureaucrats in the film was criticized by present and former officials in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
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Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao tweeted that the film fell completely short in its research on the role of the Ministry in the '90-'91 Gulf War.
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The full soundtrack album which includes 5 songs was released on 24 December 2015.
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Was released on a total number of 1,800 to 2,000 screens in India, compared to Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 which got released with 2,000 to 2,500 screens.
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Overseas, including Middle East, the film released with total number of 70 screens on 21 January.
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The film had its highest opening in Emirates with the amount of AED 900,000, breaking the records of widest released film.
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Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted that the film was great entertainment but short on facts.
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The trailer of the film would be seen in "Housefull 3" also starring Kumar and released in the same year.
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The soundtrack was composed by Amaal Mallik and Ankit Tiwari.
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The music rights are acquired by T-Series.
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The marketing of the film played an important role in the film's promotion and collaboration with the flight company Air India, who had a major contribution in the evacuation of record-breaking number of Indians during the war.
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The film is featured among the 2016 Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India.
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Due to the film's theme based on rescue operation, the film was compared with Ben Affleck-starrer Argo (2012) sharing the similar storyline. However, Kumar stated that the film does not have any connection with it and is completely based on a true story.
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According to the director of the film, Raja Krishna Menon, he wrote the script after studying the whole incident of war and the predicament of Indians based in Kuwait.
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Menon approached Akshay Kumar for the role of a character based on Mathunny Mathews, the real life businessman who spearheaded the evacuation efforts named 'Ranjit Katyal', to which he agreed to act and produce under his banner of Hari Om Entertainment.
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The first schedule of the film was reportedly shot in Al-Hamra Palace Beach Resort in Ras Al Khaimah and Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh in early March 2015.
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The second schedule of the film was shot in Bhuj, Gujarat and Rajasthan, India.
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Kumar said that comparing the film with Argo is an "insult" and it is not a matter of humour for Indians to achieve this end.
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Kumar reported that his 80% profit share will be included in the film's budget and he would not charge fees for the same.
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Final portions of the film were completed with shooting of a music video for the song "Soch" in December 2015.
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Kumar and Purab Kohli reportedly learnt Arabic language for their roles.
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Kumar felt that the film possessed significant offbeat potential, with a good amount of "patriotism" and a reason to be a proud Indian.
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The sets were re-created to depict Kuwait during 1990.
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The song "Soch Na Sake" is an adapted version of Hardy Sandhu's "Soch", sung by Amaal Mallik, Arijit Singh and Tulsi Kumar.
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