Critic Taran Adarsh was impressed with the film and admired its narration, rated the film four and half stars out of five. He stated in his tweet, Airlift is taut, engrossing, leaves a hammer-strong impact. Raja Krishna Menon is a director to watch out for. Deserves brownie points. #Airlift is a must must watch.
One of the finest films to come out of the Hindi film industry. Just do not miss this one! Bollywood Hungama gave the film four and half stars, stating On the whole, Airlift is a classic film based on a real-life incident that is told extremely well on screen. It is surely one of the best films to come out this year and will pick up with a strong word of mouth. Just do not miss this one!. Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today also rated the film four and half stars out of five, terming the film as gritty, edge-of-the-seat and heart-stopping and stated Airlift is a tale of unmatched heroism.
In all, Airlift is the story of unparalleled courage and unsung heroes. From unknown names in the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi to people who had their Indianness rearing its head from within just when it was required, Airlift is un-miss-able. Go watch it. Srijana Mitra Das from The Times Of India gave the film 4 stars out of 5 praising its direction and wrote Airlift has one of Akshay Kumars best performances along with other sterling acts. Certain cameos are outstanding.
Airlifts scale is impressive and editing (Hemanti Sarkar) deft. Writing for NDTV, Saibal Chatterjee also gave it four stars and stated, Airlift is a rare megastar vehicle that derives obvious benefits from the lead actors magnetism without subjugating itself to the need to make the most of his presence in the cast. Airlift is a film that every Indian, and every Bollywood buff despairing for genuinely high-quality storytelling, must watch. Shubha Shetty Saha writing for Mid-Day felt that the film is Akshay Kumars best till date, awarded the film four stars and commented, Menons deft execution of the plot in hand, crisp editing (Hemanti Sarkar), dialogues which are perfectly tailored for the script, and good cinematography (Priya Seth) make this film a must watch. Dont miss it.
Anupama Chopra from Hindustan Times rated the film three and a half star out of five, and described it as Akshay Kumars finest hour and wrote Big props to Akshay for putting his heart and might behind such an unconventional project, and to director Raja Krishna Menon for showcasing a story that had been lost on the sidelines. But Airlift never takes full flight because of the screenplay. Airlift is tonally inconsistent but the film is fuelled by a palpable sincerity. Ritika Handoo of Zee News also gave it three and half stars out of five and termed Akshay as the hero of this film. She stated, Akshay as Ranjit Katyal is the anchor of this ship called Indians who need to sail smooth ashore.
The film shows how exactly the Indians in Kuwait were evacuated or rather airlifted safely after Saddam Hussein led Iraq war. Akshay is the hero because he played a man, who in real life, stretch his boundaries for saving humanity. Akshays dedication and sincerity in portraying such roles with brilliance makes Airlift have a safe landing even at the box office windows. A must watch for every Indian. Remember this will make you believe in what Indians can do when united.
Shubhra Gupta in her review for The Indian Express also gave the film three and half stars and noted â€˜Airlift' plays it right, and gives us drama, even if things slow down and turn a trifle repetitious post interval. But overall, â€˜Airlift' is a good film, solidly plotted, well executed and well-acted. Just lose the songs, and the occasional underlined background music the next time. Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN gave the film three and half stars, saying The occasional speed bumps aside, there are many moments that soar. Raja Menon turns an important story into a compelling film.
Don't miss it. Arkadev Ghoshal of IBTimes India gave it three and half stars and stated, Airlift is probably a good release for the weekend preceding Republic Day, when patriotic sentiments are high. However, one only wishes that Menon had given a little more attention to some other aspects of the film. He does show promise, so heres expecting better cinema from him. Sukanya Verma of Rediff also gave it three and half stars and termed the film as taut, tense, terrific and summarised, Oh what a beauty Akshays performance is.
Old-school gallantry, contemporary tone, his measured delivery is the soul of and savior in Airlift. Larger-than-life might is commonplace, but larger-than-life intensity is rare. Here, it is unmistakable, unceasing. Surabhi Redkar from Koimoi gave three stars praising Akshays performance and noted, Airlift is definitely a one-time watch since it is a story of an unsung hero and also India's proud moment. Akshay Kumar certainly gives an impressive performance.
Sarita A Tanwar of DNA also gave the film three stars and stated, A spirited effort and Akshay Kumars performance are the highest points of Airlift. Subhash K. Jha of SKJBollywoodNews also gave the film four and half stars and stated, Airlift is first and foremost a heart-stopping thriller. It's the story of a man whose heroism is awakened in the hour of crisis. The film was declared tax free by Uttar Pradesh and Bihar state governments on 28 January and 17 February 2016.
Raja Krishna Menon
Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Purab Kohli, Ferena Wazeir
Nikhil Advani Monisha Adwani Aruna Bhatia Madhu G. Bhojwani Bhushan Kumar Krishan Kumar Vikram Malhotra
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Songs: Amaal Mallik Ankit Tiwari Background score: Arijit Dutta