Airlift depicts biggest civil operation of evacuation of 1,70,000 Indians in Kuwait during the Iraq Kuwait war in 1990 by protagonist Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar), a Kuwait-based businessman. It is a masterpiece – a must watch for every Indian. Arguably, it is Akshay Kumar’s best movie in his successful series on patriotism – be it Holiday, Gabbar, Baby, Special 26. Kudos to you Sir, for staying committed and making movies like these which inspire people and call them to action!
Here’s a list of 5 things I’d urge you to do after watching Airlift
1. Enquire and feel proud about India and being an Indian
We end up viewing other countries as ideal and well-developed, often not giving India the deserved share of credit, thanks to the way media has created an India in front of us! Enquire deep down and check if you’ll be able to find a country as secular and as free as India. Once you realise it, value it and feel pride in being an Indian!
2. Observe the miniscule scale at which we operate in our life
Remember that uncle who keeps complaining about services and discipline in the camp in the movie – He is just concerned with himself – As easy as it is to ridicule him, don’t we all operate on that scale? I, me, myself – for some it might extend to family, but why not the society, city, state, country and the world?
3. Be willing to do something about it – Allow yourself to be a part of greater good
Choose India as your toil ground – create a drive to make it a better place – contribute to the society in any and every way possible – be empathic, help people in need, take interest in matters of the community and participate rather than just being cynical about it. You can plant trees and do your part for the climate like Deepa (read her story here) or you can work towards a mechanism to keep railway stations clean through beautification as done by Dharmesh Shah in Borivali and Khar Stations (pics below) or you can volunteer at various NGOs to teach kids, play with senior citizens or explain your maid how to plan finances, help her with getting a bank account opened through PMJDY scheme.
There are innumerable ways you can contribute – you just have to decide to do it! Get in touch with me if you are interested in promoting harmony – we are working on something.
4. Be unstoppable
Go beyond reasons, commit to the cause and get more people along to do it! Once Akshay Kumar shifted his thinking from his family to all Indians in the movie, he got things moving. He failed when the ship didnt turn up in Kuwait, but didnt stop there – he kept going. When you decide to be a part of greater good, you’ll have to figure out your own way to contribute – you’ll fall, but that’s necessary to learn and grow. Persist and it will happen.
5. Be an Indian worth fighting for!
A huge board in Jaipur cantonment reads – ‘Want to do something for a soldier, be an Indian who is worth fighting for!’ This is the least we can and should do for our country! Why does the same person who stays in such a civilised way abroad, behaves like a rebel here – he litters around, spits, breaks signals, indulges in corruption – that’s because he knows he can get away with it. We need to create a structure where this can be mitigated and strive to be an Indian worth fighting for!