1990 Kuwait airlift evacuation should be part of textbooks: Akshay Kumar

1990 Kuwait airlift evacuation should be part of textbooks: Akshay Kumar

Superstar Akshay Kumar says that the story of massive evacuation of Indians from Kuwait in 1990 on which his upcoming film, ‘Airlift’ is based, should be part of our textbooks.

“If you browse through World Guinness Book of records, the biggest airlift evacuation was done by our beloved country, India. And this is why I selected to do this subject as I wanted to bring it in front of everybody. I’ve always made a request that this big chapter should be there in our textbooks; it’s a very important chapter.

We all know what Shah Jahan and Akbar did, but at least write what we (Indians) have done,” said Akshay, present at the Vaayu festival of NMIMS college in Mumbai.

“This is a real story of what happened to 1,70,000 Indians staying in Kuwait when Saddam Hussein had attacked Kuwait in 1990 and they (Indians) didn’t know where to go, what to do. These kinds of things have been hidden and there are political reasons why it was hidden,” he adds.

The story of the film is from the point of view of Akshay’s character who helped those Indians get airlifted from Kuwait. As the poster of the film suggests – 1, 70,00 refugees, 488 flights, 59 days and 1 man (Akshay Kumar).

Akshay adds, “It’s a very special movie. Do go and watch the film and you’ll feel proud to be an Indian.”

The hard-hitting teaser of the film has already grossed over 5 million views on Youtube. Akshay had shared a series of info graphics with #RewindTo1990 on Twitter which included Sachin Tendulkar’s first century in 1990, before finally ending the series with the story of the heroic airlift evacuation.

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