Airlift is a film that deals with the evacuation story of Indians from Kuwait after Saddam Hussain’s invasion in 1990. Naturally, one would expect it to have a sombre tone. The film however has not one but two song and dance sequences — one that plays during a party before the invasion and one where Akshay’s character looks back at happier times. The latter was shot on Sunday when Akshay Kumar, who has a strict ‘no work on Sunday’ policy, made an exception for Airlift.
Says director Raja Krishna Menon, “It’s a number where after the crisis, Akshay’s character reminisces about happier days. We shot it not as an after-thought, but because it fits into the plot. Yes, it is a tense film and no, the songs don’t break the film’s tension.”
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