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Indian action Airlift presents hidden side of Gulf War, with box office success

Indian film Airlift looks into the Gulf War and garners wide success in its local box office

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Jan 2016
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(Photo: Still from Airlift)
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Airlift, which tells a true story of Indians deported from Kuwait during Iraq’s invasion, surprises its stars with its success.

The film was released on 22 January, and is currently celebrating huge local success at home just a week into its release.

The action thriller film follows the story of a Kuwait-based businessman who, in the midst of the Iraq-Kuwait war in 1990, carries out the challenging operation of evacuating Indian civilians based in Kuwait. Airlift is directed by Raja Menon, and stars Minrat Kau, Akshay Kumar, and Sameer Ali Khan.

Based on true events, the film tackles this lesser known side of history, which though dramatized acts as documentation.

In a statement to Press Trust of India (PTI news), the film’s star Kumar said he was "confident about the (success of the film), so I put my money in and acted in it as well. But I did not expect this kind of response, the credit goes to everyone -- all the actors, the director (and) the technicians.”

"Looking at the numbers, I feel I should try more of these kind of films... Bring real life of people on reel life,” Kumar tells PTI news.

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