airlift-movie-posterOn August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. The city was looted and the general population subjugated and made to suffer great tragedies at the hands of the Iraqi army, including the 1,70,000 Indians who called Kuwait home. All of them had suddenly lost all their money, were homeless and scared for their lives.
It is in this scenario that Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar), a wealthy and powerful Indian businessman, who has always seen himself more Kuwaiti than Indian, realises that he no longer wields any influence on the Iraqis, and that he and his family are in as much danger as anyone else. Ranjit unknowingly becomes the man who all 1,70,000 Indians look up to for getting them out safely from Kuwait, as he cooperates with the Indian government on the largest scale evacuation programme to ever take place. Airlift is the story of Indians stranded in Kuwait during this traumatic time. A story of how they, with the help of Ranjit Katyal, managed to survive the Iraqi invasion, and against all odds travelled a thousand kilometres across the border into Amman, Jordan. From Amman, 1,70,000 Indians were brought home by the largest and the most successful evacuation ever attempted by any country, in the history of the world. Over 59 days, the Indian government systematically flew over 488 Air India commercial flights into a war zone to evacuate all 1,70,000 Indians and safely bring them back home.
The evacuation was no easy task, as most Indians were not ready to leave everything they had worked for so hard, for so many years. Neither could they, as they did not have valid travel papers as the employers used to hold on to their employee passports once they landed in Kuwait, and those Kuwaiti employers were either dead or had fled by then. However, with the passion and determination of Ranjit and his contacts, the evacuation was successful. Airlift is an uplifting and entertaining edge-of-the-seat thriller and is the story of the biggest ever human evacuation in the history of mankind.
AIRLIFT THEATRICAL TRAILER | Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur | Releasing on 22nd January, 2016 |T-Series
Release Date: 22 January 2016
Starring: Akshay Kumar Ranjit Katyal Nimarat Kaur Feryna Wazheir Tasneem
Music: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur
Director: Raja Menon
Director: Aruna Bhatia Monisha Advani Madhu Bhojwani Vikram Malhotra Bhushan Kumar Krishan Kumar Nikhil Advani