2 min read.Updated: 22 Jan 2016, 07:54 PM ISTUday Bhatia
An impressive, terse thriller
Airlift begins inauspiciously, with a desultory dance number that’s lifted from Cheb Khaled’s Didi in the first 10 minutes. Remarkably, director Rajakrishna Menon hardly puts a foot wrong after that. From the party, the scene shifts to a labour camp, with workers preparing for bed. Suddenly, there’s an explosion. The camera pulls out, and in a long, extended shot, we see fires burning and tanks rolling over the hill. This is Kuwait in 1990, and though the people there don’t know it yet, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq has just invaded.