AIRLIFT – Movie Review
Posted by Vivek on January 27, 2016 | No Comments
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, PurabKohli and Kumud Mishra
Directed by: Raja Menon
Written by: Raja Menon, Suresh Nair, Ritesh Shah and Rahul Nangia
Produced by: Nikhil Advani, Bhushan Kumar.DoP riya Seth.
Music: Anjit Dutta.
Background Songs: Ankit Tiwari and Amaal Malik
Airlift is one of the most realistic cinematic experiences in Indian cinema. It depicts the tale of the historic and perhaps, heroic evacuation of Indians, from Kuwait, post the Iraq invasion. The drama of being true to life is well captured on the screen and the excessive dramatics, have been reduced to a minimum.
From an acting perspective, Akshay, Nimrat and Purab shine. In fact Purab has been the surprise packet of this one, as he appears on the screen after a long time, but gives a solid performance. Akshay is well restrained and does not resort to his Bollywood histrionics and is directed well by Raja.
Good photography and scenes of enactment of the war, give the film an authentic touch along with enhancing the visual appeal of the film. The film is entertaining enough and gripping enough to keep the audience on their seat.
However, the screenplay and dialogues fall flat. All the characters appear and talk, similar. While the grim reality of war cannot be ignored, having more layers in the characters and their emotions would have helped to make this film an even more interesting watch.
Also from a characterization perspective, as audience, we want to see a little more about the people who are the main characters in this film. Finally, while it is based on true events, it is not a documentary on those events, so a little up in the emotions and the dramatic content might have helped.
Overall though it marks a progressive movement for Bollywood to have real life stories being made into screenplays. A solid, one time watch.