Chicago IL: Air India, Chicago organized special screening of the latest Akshay Kumar’s Hindi Blockbuster Movie, “Airlift-Air India’s Call for Duty”, on January 31st, 2016, at 5:00 PM at Movie Max (Big Cinemas), 9180 W Golf Road, Niles, IL 60714. Over 200 eminent people, including Staff of Indian Consulate General, Community Leaders, Corporate and Retail Customers of Air India, Travel Agents, Airport Service Providers of Air India, and Members of the Electronic and Print Media were among those who attended the screening.
D B Bhati and O P Meena Consuls at the Consulate General of India in Chicago Vinesh Virani from The Art of Living foundation and Minhaj Akhtar, President, FIA, Chicago were the Special Guests at the screening.
The movie showcases the daredevil mission of airlifting of a staggering 1,11,711 (One lakh eleven thousands seven hundred eleven) Indians who were rendered penniless and homeless, consequent upon Iraq’s attack on Kuwait in 1990. The mission, which was accomplished by Air India, involved 488 flights spread over a more 59 days, is considered to be the largest air evacuation in the history of mankind and the most glorious chapters in Indian civil aviation history. Air India, thus, entered into Guinness Book of World Records for the civil airline that had evacuated the most people till date.
The evacuation was no easy task, as most Indians were not ready to leave everything they had worked for so hard, for so many years. Neither could they, as they did not have valid travel papers as the employers used to hold on to their employee passports once they landed in Kuwait, and those Kuwaiti employers were either dead or had fled by then.
Akshay Kumar not only lends believable human dimensions to the gallant figure of Ranjit Katyal, who plays a heroic role in the dramatic evacuation, but also contributes his gigantic star power to lift the film to the highest possible level.
Bhati said that the pre-Republic Day release of ‘Airlift’ was the perfectly right time to douse the Indian film viewers in general and their Indian-American counterparts in particular, with a deep sense of patriotism.
“Airlift” is a tribute to the massive evacuation pulled off by the functionaries of Indian government, Air India, Indian Airlines, and Air Force”, said OP Meena.
“Air India has always been at the forefront in mounting missions for alleviating the lot of people struck by such disasters as floods, earthquakes, wars, etc. I take this opportunity to congratulate Air India for conceptualizing and executing such humane interventions, whenever needed”, added Meena.
“Airlift” underscores that intervention by the Government and its agencies will bear fruits only when these are accompanied by voluntary action by the people in general and the real victims of such tragedies in particular”, opined Minhaj Akhtar.
“Akshay Kumar has delivered a brilliant performance, which is the highlight of ‘Airlift’. The entire star cast has also done a superb job, and their performances are big assets of the movie”, said the viewers unanimously. “Airlift”, makes everyone feel proud to be Indian”, they added.
Nakul Chand, Manager-Midwest, Air India said that “Airlift” is an uplifting, entertaining, and edge-of-the-seat thriller that every Indian, and every Bollywood buff looking for genuinely high quality storytelling, must watch. He also shared that the movie is based on real-life drama with Air India serving a critical role in successfully executing the mass evacuation of fellow Indians from the war ravaged State.
Nakul Chand was courtesy-personified. Being the perfect host, he informally interacted with all the guests and thanked them profusely for gracing the occasion.
Delicious refreshments, served at the event, were relished by all the attendees.
“Airlift” has been directed by Raja Krishna Menon, presented by T-Series and Cape of Good Films, and produced by Crouching Tiger and Emmay Entertainment.
In addition to Akshay Kumar, the star cast includes Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Inaamulhaq, Prakash Belawadi, Kumud Mishra, PurabKohli, FerynaWazheir, etc.
Authored By: Asian Media USA
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