Airlift Reviews by Critics

Average critic ratings of other movies released in 2015 – 2016. Airlift, so far, is the best rated film in the last few months.

Average Rating of All 'Airlift' Review - 3.7 stars

Airlift Review by Indicine

Rating: ★★★★☆

Airlift is a very deft movie made without any added dramatic effect and that is clearly visible in the way Raja Menon has put together the movie. It is shot realistically and the detailing is impressive. There are no spiced up revelations, the lead protagonist doesn’t end up fighting his advisories. Airlift maintains a whiff of humanity throughout its runtime and it takes a lot of courage and ambition to tell such an underknown story in such an ambitious manner. Airlift is one of the rare movies which entertains and educates. The only flaw we can think of in the screenplay is the over reliance on Akshay Kumar’s character to get everything done. It can’t possibly have been just one man doing all the work (and the makers themselves reveal this in the end credits).

Airlift Review by Bollywood Hungama

Rating: ★★★★½

Writer-Director Raja Krishna Menon’s relatives were part of the Kuwait crisis. It must have been a story very close to his heart for he has poured tears, cries and trauma that only those who’ve been through hell can narrate. His direction leaves a hammer strong impact. Raja Menon is a director to watch out for. Suresh Nair, Rahul Nangia, Ritesh Shah along with Menon share the writing credits. Screenplay is gripping. There’s not a single false note. Dialogues are wonderfully written. At several junctures you shall get funny gems like ‘Reti mein kheti karoon kya’ and many more.

Airlift Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews

Rating: ★★★½☆

While the first half marches along confidently, the second half stands on shaky ground. The evacuation is hastily wrapped up and the film loses a bit of its momentum. Director Menon may have shied away from formula for most parts, but he succumbs to it towards the end.

Airlift Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Watch Airlift coz it tells a very important story that never got a mention in our history books. And also because the attempt to try out such subjects and storylines is applause worthy. Only if there were less songs and an editor who could tighten the length, Airlift would be soaring newer heights.

Airlift Review by Raja Sen on Rediff

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Everything else is sincerity and fortitude, and while well-meaning, sticking merely to that is what keeps this film from being genuinely memorable.

Airlift Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala

Rating: ★★★½☆

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.

Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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. Prakash Belawadi as the cranky old man in the camp is a scene-stealer. Akshay Kumar’s stellar performance is the film’s backbone. In almost every frame of the film, he doesn’t let his grip loose even once. Easily one of his most effective and restrained acts in recent times.

Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today

Rating: ★★★★½

Raja Krishna Menon’s tale of the largest evacuation in the history of the world is gritty, edge-of-the-seat and heart-stopping. There are moments in the film which actually catch you so off guard, you have your heart in your mouth. The research that has gone in into the creation of Airlift is visible in every frame. Menon resurrects the Kuwait of 1990 and how! However, despite all the brilliance, the last bit of the film looks hurried. It is almost like the filmmaker too couldn’t wait to finish the film and get home, just like all those Kuwaiti-Indian refugees.

Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★★★☆

Raja Krishna Menon, writer and director of Airlift, suffers no such mishaps. His recreation of the harrowing events leading up to one of the most glorious chapters in Indian civil aviation history is marked by moderation and a keen sense of balance. Menon steers clear of the traps in his way while delivering a sharply written, gripping thriller that rarely, if ever, flags.

Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews

Rating: ★★★½☆

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. Remember this will make you believe in what Indians can do when ‘united’. It can be your January 26—Republic Day delight with family!

Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India

Rating: ★★★★☆

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. Menon’s 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. Don’t miss it.

Review by Sweta Kaushal on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★★★½☆

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’s ever-dedicated and silent character – they all make Airlift a far more relatable affair. However, Nimrat Kaur disappoints as his wife. Having seen her as the endearing housewife longing for love in The Lunchbox, her appearance as a decked-up bahu, straight out of TV soap opera with a penchant for cribbing looks superficial. It is only in one scene that we see the actor we know – her face-off with Belawadi. Turbulence aside, Airlift is an engaging movie that keeps it real, emotional and dramatic.

Review by Martin D’Souza on Glamsham

Rating: ★★★½☆

Akshay Kumar pulls off the salt-and-pepper look, playing his age to a nicety. His character is at an age where he will take no risk, yet have the intelligence to make the right, calculated moves. He is as lithe as he was in SPECIAL 26 and BABY, and as effective. After Menon, it is he who holds the film together with his stellar act. Just once he breaks into a dance, after that it is serious business. One thought that Nimrat Kaur would be a glamour piece in this film, but she pulls off her own in her limited space and screen time. Purab Kohli is the other surprise performer.

Review by Asira Tarannum on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★★★★☆

Coming to the glitches, one couldn’t understand when Akshay Kumar, who doesn’t approve of Hindi music, is seen shaking a leg on a song in the opening sequence of the film. The first half of the film moves smoothly but the hasty evacuation towards the end makes the story lose grip. This was a story waiting to be told, and it has been.

Review by Srijana Mitra Das on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ★★★½☆

This is a deftly done film, which does slide a little in the second half, but never abandons its mission: to tell a tale. Akshay Kumar leads from the front, but shares space when it is needed: Nimrat Kaur, in her second Hindi film after ‘The Lunchbox’, keeps pace with her co-star ; Inaamulhaq (so enjoyable in ‘Filmistaan’), as Saddam’s man-in-Kuwait, is suitably menacing, Belawadi as the annoying refugee really does make you want to slap him, Kohli is kohl-eyed and restrained and makes us feel for him, Mishra as the Dilli babu, disinterested at first, then taking charge, fits right in.

Review by Rajeev Masand on IBNLive

Rating: ★★★½☆

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 but steely resolve to the character, even delivering the stray note of humor almost conversationally. There’s almost none of his starry baggage in this performance, which easily counts amongst his best.

Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★★★½☆

Based on the world’s largest civilian evacuation, director Raja Krishna Menon takes on this challenge of turning a story known to all into a compelling watch and pens a nail-biting plot that will keep you fearful, hopeful and yet, unsure and uncomfortable.

Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify

Rating: ★★★★☆

Akshay Kumar is fantastic as the businessman who turns into a hero in the moments of crisis. The character goes through an entire gamut of emotions, and Akshay comes out trumps. Kumud Mishra is masterful as the government official who tries his best to make a case for the trapped Indians. Nimrat Kaur impresses as the well-looked after wife who also surprises by displaying real grit by choosing to stay back with the other Indians. It’s an incredible story – one that makes you feel patriotic, but more importantly, reinforces your faith in humanity. And it makes you wonder – maybe there is a hero in all of us. Maybe!

Airlift Review by Indiaglitz

Rating: ★★★★½

It has been a long time since a movie has managed to wake-up the Indian residing inside each of us and Airlift does just that. The movie speaks of the unparalleled courage of the unsung heroes that was long-lost in the history. Akshay Kumar, who plays the main protagonist, is better than apt for the role. No other actor could have played the part better than what he does. From displaying various emotions onscreen to expressing grief and rage with such perfection, Akshay is a treat to watch in every scene. Nimrat again is such a delight. The actress is expressive and how. She speaks with her eyes and sure needs to be seen a lot more in Bollywood. Rest of the cast including Feryna Wazheir, Inaamulhaq, Lena, Purab Kohli, Kumud Mishra and Prakash Belawadi throw in some fabulous acts and are perfect in their parts.

Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The turning point is good. The drama unfolds rather well on the screen. Akshay Kumar is so well-cast, you begin to appreciate his quiet ways. There are twists and turns and the selfish Indian refugees don’t make things easy. The supporting cast of the crotchety refugees (Mr. George and Mr Poonawala), the decent guys (Purab Kohli as the Supermarket lad, Akshay’s drinking buddies, the good chaps in the External Affairs ministry), the women who cook happily (and scream when face to face with Iraqi soldiers), the faceless numbers look part of the story.

Review by meeta on Wogma

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This holds true of a few other scenes and situations too – a little stretched and repetitive. But fortunately, not enough to hamper the pace of the film too much. The climax seems a little rushed, but that is more about over-simplification than the pace of the film. Yet, Airlift doesn’t suffer too bad because of these issues. After all, anything that instills your faith in humanity can suffer only so much because things like pace and length. Especially, because these ‘too good to be true’ events are true.

Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies

Rating: ★★★★☆

Airlift is not just a taut thriller and does send across a message about patriotism and unity without rubbing your nose in it. The background score and the cinematography does wonders for the plot and renders Airlift one of the most watchable films to have come out this year.

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35 Comments

  • Take a bow superstar akshay kumar. I will watch it on republic day in mumbai and then will watch azhar biopic. Salute from my side.

  • Highest Worldwide Grosser of the year

    SRK 12 times
    Salman – 5 times
    Aamir- 5 times

    SRK 12 > Salman + Aamir 10.. BAAP BAAP HOTA HAIN!!

  • Indicine u need to post something about it’s overseas collections …..
    (UAE-GCC) AED 900,000 same as dilwale….(DAY-1)
    Also matching to the like of bajrangi bhaijaan….
    It is also doing great business in other overseas markets… Pls post…!!

  • Trailer above average, music below average, so film will be average/above average/semi hit. My prediction 110 + crore – 115 + crore. (Due 5days holiday weekend). If it releases without these holidays my prediction would be 65 + crore – 70+ crore for lifetime.

  • @V Shantaram it shows that u belong to that kind of cheap place…So why KKHH3 will suit u and people like u…You don’t even know how to respect ur own motherland…Shame on people like u…

  • I didn’t like nimrat Kaur in the movie she wasn’t that Good
    Akshay is the 1 and only in this movie we can watch and he did Great job

    I feel like there was a role for Mr. Mithun Chakraborty in this movie. But they missed this ..

  • These so called critics cant even praise a movie like airlift i mean it deserved at least 3.5 stars some have given 3 stars. Have seen the movie and loved it. Akshay’s last three films were not good but this one is high on entertainment and has a gripping story line.

  • Now suddenly these rickshawale lallutards will overnight become intellectuals for others stars movie… But for them prdp is a Oscar winning film…lol… ROFL…
    @virat kohli same goes for prdp if it was not for Diwali holidays then our Bhai’s magnum opus according to lallutards like u would have been a all time disaster…

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    AGE : 20

    1996-2011 – NOT INTERESTED AT
    . ALL About HINDI Films

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    . BECOME A FAN OF SALMAN

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    BODYGUARD,EK THA TIGER
    BECAME A CRAZY ABOUT SALLMAN

    2014 – WATCHED SOME HITS OF SALMAN INCLUDING
    . MPK,HAHK,HSSH,HDCS,SAAJAN

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    2015 WATCHED BAJRANGI BHAIJAN

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  • @deadpool you akkians dont deserve respect being a salman fan i have commented good about the movie but fans like you ruined everything. Your so called superstar is struggling to give a 100 cr grosser five times and still you are saying bad about salman khan who has given one of the most loved film of this decade. Why would he released prdp on non holiday it was a typical commercial entertainer and needs a holiday release whats wrong with that. akshay also released brothers on independence day but what happened then we all know think about it.

  • @FlopAkki Akshay sir’s movies have crossed more than 415 crores last year. Do you have even a zilch of idea, How much income tax Akki pays? Leave 415 if you have any capability then earn at least 4 cr and even if you aren’t capable of that then don’t try to insult Akki

  • Should be a good movie. Have heard positive things. Let’s hope it does well – Akshay badly needs a 100 crore in his kitty. Also, if hf3 has to cross RR’s total and wants to do 150 crores, he needs multiplex audience back. Airlift is his chance to win back the trust….I think should do anything between 100-110 crores. If upcoming movies fail, then has an outside chance to touch 115 crores. In that scenario worldwide collections can even go past 160 crores which is very good for a movie made on a budget 0f 40-45 crores. Will get a super hit tag in that case. Almost all his movies even so called Baby and Gabbar is Back have underperformed. At best they were average while brothers was a money losing proposition. His last clean hit was Holiday. I think Airlift will get him back in top rung although still below Salman, Hrithik, Aamir, SRK (SRK, 4th after Dilwale as bad reviews seem to hurt him the most. PRDP was excellent. Rankings based on India collections as overseas SRK still has a good lead). Akshay is 5th but if Airlift underperforms then someone like Ranveer, Varun can take his spot. Even Ajay has infact one of the best openings in Singham returns to his name. Although Akshay is obviously better than Varun and Ajay, he needs to deliver a hit to retain 5th spot. To break into top 4 is very difficult for him as Salman looks invincible. I am bit biased as far as Hrithik is concerned but he manages to cross 150 crores even with a film like Bang Bang. Krissh 3 was also panned heavily yet it managed to cross 200 – with a good script (hopefully), he will make sure he will cross 240-250 with his next one. Fan does not look like a 200 crore film while Sultan will stop Raees at 140-150. Sultan will still go above 220 even with a clash which will be commendable. Dangal will suffer if Bahubali indeed clashes as Aamir needs good script. Raw star power like Salman is not something which he can boast of. Aamir can still give a Talash if script is niche, unlike Salman whose heavily panned PRDP also crosses 200. I feel Dangal won’t be a massy affair hence will again struggle to cross 200. Akshay’s hf3 has a strong chance to cross 150 if Airlift clicks. But he should push Rustom else he will again suffer a set back even if his Airlift and Hf3 works…If he is smart enough and opts for another date, Rustom will do 80-85 crores. In that case, he will have 1 100 crores, 1 150 crores and 1 80-90 average grosser. At least it will be a year without a flop. Hrithik if gets a solo will challenge some big numbers

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