In a recent still from his upcoming film “Airlift” the Khiladi of tinselville, Akshay Kumar is snapped staring at ruins of a street in Kuwait (re-created) in a well-fitted brown suit. The actor seems bewildered and shocked at the same time, while seeing the street which used to be buzzing before it was torn down.
Not many know the real story behind an Indian evacuation program that happened during the Gulf War during the 90s. Airlift is that tale of how 1.70,000 Indians were vacated under the helming of businessman, Ranjit Katyal. Akki will be seen in the shoes of the powerful businessman whose name was inked down in history, but never on screen.
While recreating the Kuwait of 90s, a lot of effort has been put in by the team. Producer Nikhil Advani pointed out, “For the film, we had to create sets that looked exactly like Kuwait in the 1990’s. So, we started scouting for places that would give the impression of that time and we zeroed in on Ras-Al-Khaimah, which was perfect. We have taken extra care, with in depth research to keep the feel of the 90’s intact. I am very happy about the result and hopefully we can take the audience to that era”.
Directed by Raja Menon, Airlift has Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in the lead roles and will be releasing on January 22nd, 2016.