When it comes to the working-class hero Akshay Kumar is the superman of the genre. In the brief but brilliant trailer of Airlift which is just out, Akshay not only owns
the screen he also talks directly to us explaining the historic perspective of the film so succinctly we feel we are there in Kuwait in 1990 when Saddam Hussain's attack happened.
There is a virile vividness about the trailer underscored by the presence of a hero who is at once strong and vulnerable. Akshay Kumar's incredible and growing-with-every-film screen presence is
increasingly being used by filmmakers to create a historical perspective in our cinema. We saw him tackle global terrorism with unostentatious panache in Baby.
In Airlift it's a more intimate chunk of thrilling history chosen to spotlight the actor's ability to be so convincingly and unconditionally heroic during times of unmitigated stress. As
Akshay tells us, this is Kuwait in August 1990 when a trigger-happy lunatic decided to take over leaving 1 lakh 70,000 Indians stranded in the grip of a stunning siege.
"Iss naam ki bhi koi keemat nahin rahi," Akshay's voice-over informs us.
This is the story of an Indian businessman Rajat Katiyal who takes it on himself to carry the Indians stranded in Kuwait to safety .What impels men like Katiyal to assume a heroic role under
The trailer of Arlift answers this question in a very direct way: when calamity strikes, heroes come up on their own volition.
The smartly executed action sequences and Akshay Kumar's towering presence indicate the arrival of an important new director Raja Krishna Menon. The packaging of the material is so precise and
unapologetic we get the feeling of being there during the time of the action. The trailer is shot with tremendous savoir-faire, going neither overboard with the thrillers, nor downplaying it just
to seem cooler than Argo or Baby.
One hopes the other characters are fleshed out with as much care as Akshay's. In the trailer it's Akshay's heroism-under-pressure all the way.
And that's okay by us. Perfectly ok.