Ministry of External Affairs Calls ‘Airlift’ Inaccurate

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Airlift, the Akshay Kumar film that won decent reviews from Indian critics last week, narrates the story of the Indian Air Force evacuating more than a lakh Indian citizens in Kuwait.

While the story has been called inspirational and thrilling, the Ministry of External Affairs doesn’t seem to be too impressed with the film.

“Now, films often take liberties with actual events, with facts and this particular film has also taken a lot of artistic liberties in the depictions of the events as they actually happened in Kuwait in 1990,” Ministry spokerperson Vikas Swarup was reported as saying.

By the way, Vikas Swarup is a diplomat and author, and his novel Q&A was the basis for the Hollywood blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire.

Airlift is directed by Raja Menon, who had earlier directed the critically acclaimed Barah Aana, starring Naseruddin Shah and Vijay Raaz. Here is the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Mr. Vikas Swarup’s take on the film.

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