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Passage: Airlift Movie

In 1990, Kuwait’s invaded by Iraq. Rich Ranjit Katyal can escape with his wife and child – but what happens when Ranjit decides to ensure 1,70,000 Indians also go home?

So, Airlift has one of Akshay Kumar’s best performances – along with other sterling acts. Rich Indian-origin businessman Ranjit Katyal (Akshay) loves profits and dislikes the idea of India. But Ranjit’s golden life in the desert crumbles when Iraqi forces invade Kuwait. Suddenly, people are savagely shot in the streets, houses looted, buildings blown up, tanks taking over, choppers hovering maliciously amidst minarets.

Iraqi Major Halaf (Inaamulhaq) offers Ranjit and his wife Amrita (Nimrat) buy million-dollar tickets to leave with their child. But Ranjit’s also looking after thousands of Indians, desperate as the Embassy exits Kuwait.

What happens when Ranjit takes responsibility for getting 1,70,000 Indians home?

Airlift features Akshay at his best – based on real-life characters, there’s little khiladi-wala swag in Akshay’s performance and more mature control. As Ranjit, who goes from protecting his kin to his countrymen, Akshay does a polished, restrained, powerful job. Nimrat conveys brittle edginess – she asks Ranjit, “Ye Indian-Indian khelna, kya drama ho raha hai?” – but grows into a woman who loves her husband’s humanitarian heart.

Certain cameos are outstanding. Prakash Belawadi brings alive surly, suspicious George, Kumud Mishra deeply impresses as a quietly determined MEA babu and Inaamulhuq oozes smooth menace as he quotes ‘Amytabh Bachchan’ to Ranjit – before showing him his business partner, hanging from a crane outside a palace full of bloodied marble and broken glass.Iraqi Major Halaf (Inaamulhaq) offers Ranjit and his wife Amrita (Nimrat) buy million-dollar tickets to leave with their child. But Ranjit’s also looking after thousands of Indians, desperate as the Embassy exits Kuwait.So, Airlift has one of Akshay Kumar’s best performances – along with other sterling acts. Rich Indian-origin businessman Ranjit Katyal (Akshay) loves profits and dislikes the idea of India. But Ranjit’s golden life in the desert crumbles when Iraqi forces invade Kuwait. Suddenly, people are savagely shot in the streets, houses looted, buildings blown up, tanks taking over, choppers hovering maliciously amidst minarets.In 1990, Kuwait’s invaded by Iraq. Rich Ranjit Katyal can escape with his wife and child – but what happens when Ranjit decides to ensure 1,70,000 Indians also go home?In 1990, Kuwait’s invaded by Iraq. Rich Ranjit Katyal can escape with his wife and child – but what happens when Ranjit decides to ensure 1,70,000 Indians also go home?In 1990, Kuwait’s invaded by Iraq. Rich Ranjit Katyal can escape with his wife and child – but what happens when Ranjit decides to ensure 1,70,000 Indians also go home?

Airlift’s scale is impressive and editing (Hemanti Sarkar) deft. Some sequences – Iraqi soldiers brutally molesting an Indian girl, looting even onions, cheerily singing ‘Ek Do Teen’, dragging out a young mother, so “the boys can have some fun with her” – are intense.

But the movie could’ve increased this intensity, the horror and taut, time-ticking dread that typify unforgettable siege/rescue films like Hotel Rwanda (2004), where you vividly felt humanity running out each second. Airlift depicts desperation but with more sound and light than darkness, more broad strokes than fine detail.

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.In 1990, Kuwait’s invaded by Iraq. Rich Ranjit Katyal can escape with his wife and child – but what happens when Ranjit decides to ensure 1,70,000 Indians also go home?

 

Q1. Sterling

a) Excellent

b) Average

c) Hard working

d) Generous

 

Q2. Crumbles

  1. a) Exceeds
  2. b) Denies
  3. c) Shatter
  4. d) Baffles

 

Q3. Maliciously

a) Invariably

b) Spitefully

c) Inadvertently

d) Terribly

 

Q4. Cameo

a) Large emotional scenes

b) Warlike

c) Intense fight scenes

d) Small dramatic scene

 

Answers

  1. a)
  2. c)
  3. b)
  4. d)

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