Airlift (2016): Not bad, but overrated

What is it about?

Ranjit, a merciless, profit-driven Indian businessman working in Kuwait, finds himself in a shitstorm. More precise, when Sadam attacks Kuwait, his life and life of his family, along with 170.000 other Indians, are in grave danger.

They don’t know how to get out of Kuwait, or if they will be able to get out at all. Somewhere along the line, Ranjit transforms from being a major douchebag to a savior of his people, giving hope to all other major douchebags around the world that they too can become decent people.

Who should watch it?

  • Should I watch it with my kid(s)?

Yes and no. There are some violent scenes shown in the movie, but on the other hand, “Airlift” teaches about real values in life and how to behave like a nice human being. Kids should start learning that as soon as possible, lest they become selfish pricks.

  • Is it good to watch on a date?

Sure, why not.

  • Who should watch it?

Anyone who likes Indian movies with strong emotions and singing.

 What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I fall off the couch laughing and have sore abs the next day due to laughing too hard?


  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?


  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

Yes. It’s possible to be a decent human being and still stay alive.

  • Is it based on something?

Yes. It’s based on a true story.

It’s an okay movie, but hardly a must-see.

Similar movies like “Airlift”?

Shindler’s List.

Judgment time!

Airlift is a decent depiction of a real life event. But, it’s not a great one. I liked the movie but I think it failed to show how truly desperate those refugees were and how hard was it for them.

Lots of singing throughout the movie didn’t help either. I mean, we are talking about a major life or death drama here, and the movie kept showing us bunch of people happily dancing as if they were on a wedding reception and not fighting for their life. I know that’s a major part of Indian cinema but I find it inappropriate when it’s mixed with tragedy and desperation. That’s why I give this movie 7/10.


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