‘Airlift’ is a film that captures the story of the Indians stuck in Kuwait during that time, through the eyes of Ranjit Katiyal and a few other characters. This is a story about how these Indians, with the help of Ranjit Katiyal, managed to survive the Iraqi invasion, and against all odds, move across Iraq into Jordan, from where they were brought home to India by the largest ever Airlift attempted in the history of the world.
Over 59 days, over 488 Air India commercial airliners were flown into a war zone to evacuate around 177,000 Indian and bring them back home.
In a cynical world, where one often wonders what the country has done for them, this is a stark reminder of what the country did, not for one or ten, but for 177,000 of its own. An event which has almost been lost in the sands of history, but an event we all need to remember.