Airlift (2016) Hindi Movie Review | Critic Reviews | Akshay Kumar

Airlift Review

Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Feryna Wazheir, Inaamulhaq, Lena, Pawan Chopra, Prakash Belawadi, Purab Kohli, Kaizaad Kotwal
Airlift Hindi Movie Reviewdirection: 
Raja Krishna Menon
Raja Krishna Menon, Suresh Nair, Rahul Nangia, Ritesh Shah
Raja Krishna Menon, Suresh Nair, Rahul Nangia, Ritesh Shah
Priya Seth
Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari
produced by:
Nikhil Advani, Monisha Adwani, Aruna Bhatia, Madhu G. Bhojwani, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vikram Malhotra
Weird Aggregate Rating Airlift 7.2/10Drama, Thriller
run time: 
124 minutes
censor certification: 

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Airlift Hindi Movie Review

Critic Reviews- (Ratings Out of 10)

  • Gulf News | Review By -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-7
The scene in which the Indian flag is hoisted in an Indian embassy on foreign soil as misty-eyed Indian refugees look at it in wonder and how Kumar indulges in a fist fight with armed soldiers at the border appears contrived. But those scenes don’t ruin Airlift as you find yourself rooting for the nameless refugees. Airlift is raw, real and well-acted.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -BH News Network Rating-9
To all those who look down upon Bollywood movies and snigger that they can never match up to the best of the West, the wait is over. AIRLIFT is here to make your cinematic spirits fly. Literally. Hats off to Bhushan Kumar of T Series, Nikhil Advani, Vikram Malhotra and Akshay Kumar for backing a film that deserves to be seen by every Indian
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  • Rediff | Review By -Raja Sen Rating-6
Airlift is compelling, thanks largely to a sterling performance from Akshay Kumar -- who is both suitably weary and suitably level-headed for the part -- enough to anchor the proceedings. The actor is always fine when reined in, and Menon plays to his strengths and Kumar only snaps once, almost reflexively, into Bollywood hero mode, but he is mostly calm and grown-up and holding on.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-8
Airlift is a rare megastar vehicle that derives obvious benefits from the lead actor's magnetism without subjugating itself to the need to make the most of his presence in the cast. Airlift, at the outset, has a party song that is inevitably hijacked by the male protagonist. But as the number winds down, we see the original crooner sitting away from the action
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  • CNN IBN | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-7
For the most part, the film feels authentic, and Nimrat Kaur blends right in. Just a wee bit awkward in the early scenes, she comes into her own by the time she must deliver a scathing monologue during a crisis of faith over her husband’s actions. But Airlift, expectedly, rests on Akshay Kumar’s shoulders, and he underplays the heroism beautifully, bringing quiet
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-8
Airlift works because it conveys a time when armies will attack civilians - you're struck by how IS was born from the Iraqi army's core - and raises Bollywood's generic bar. Plus, it movingly celebrates the most beautiful flag in the world.But the movie could've increased this intensity, the horror and taut, time-ticking dread that typify unforgettable siege/rescue films
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  • Rediff | Review By -Sukanya Verma Rating-7
Airlift isn't above imperfections.The songs are a hindrance to the pulsating narrative.The writing could be sharper, piercing.The patriotic fervour towards the end is all over the place.But then there it is -- the Indian flag -- glorious and soaring and a moist-eyed Akshay Kumar looking at it like a man who has done it proud.What will he do? Nah, he did it!

  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Sweta Kaushal Rating-7
Akshay impresses with his acting prowess, backed by an ensemble support cast including Prakash Belawadi, Inaamulhaq and Purab Kohli. Be it Prakash Belawadi who comes in the form of a cynical, old man who is simply not ready to acknowledge the Katiyal’s efforts or Inaamulhaq’s Iraqi soldier who enjoys the sudden turning of power equations or Purab Kohli

  • Mid Day | Review By -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-8
This is, arguably, Akshay's best performance till date. He is absolutely flawless as he moves from being a cool, practical businessman in control of his life to a selfless, emotional man of action. Nimrat Kaur, who plays Ranjit's wife, is understated and only stands out in one scene where she confronts a dissenting gent in defence of her husband.

  • India Today | Review By -Ananya Bhattacharya Rating-9
Once in a while, Bollywood reminds you why it can never be written off. That no matter how many commercial, trashy films it bombards us all with, there are times it can rise to the occasion. Like its hero Ranjit Katiyal, Airlift helps Bollywood airlift itself out of the mess it normally resides in. Raja Krishna Menon's Airlift is a tale of heroism, courage, patriotism, and a lot more. And deserves a standing ovation.
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  • Zee News | Review By -Ritika Handoo Rating-7
Akshay is the hero of this film, hands down but not because he falls into the categorical space of what is defined as a hero'. He is the hero because he played a man, who in real life, stretch his boundaries for saving humanity. Akshay's 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.
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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Tushar Joshi Rating-6
Over a lakh and a half Indians are stranded in no man’s land when the situation worsens and neither America or India comes ahead for help. The film chronicles the journey from the first day of invasion to the final climax where a timely Airlift by civil aircraft saves many lives. Even though the plot is one dimensional, there are multiple subplots that keep you engaged through the film.
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  • DNA | Review By -Sarita Tanwar Rating-6
The film is set in the early 90s and the director does a fair job recreating the era – even the detailing in costumes and backdrops is noteworthy. The war invasion scenes may not be massive in terms of scale but still give you a decent description of the havoc caused. Overall, the film has a stark look and feel, which works in its favour to quite an extent.
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  • Masala | Review By -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-7
Airlift, on one hand, is very real but at times fails to keep the audience on the edge of their seats that one would expect from a rescue thriller. Raja Krishna Menon manages to build tension but not enough to pause you from stuffing your face with that bag of popcorn. And then the need to insert those songs in between that robs a thriller from its pace and impact. Despite that it makes for a great weekend watch.
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