Why are Indian diplomats angry with Airlift?
Even as Bollywood’s Khiladi Akshay Kumar’s latest release, Airlift, is doing a phenomenal business at the box-office and touching the heartstrings of the audiences, the film has angered several Indian diplomats and officials who were posted at the Indian Embassies in Kuwait and Iraq at the time.
These diplomats believe that they have been portrayed in a bad light in the film written and directed by Raja Menon, who showed that the diplomats vacated the embassies when the unrest broke out in Kuwait in 1990, which stranded nearly 1.7 lakh Indians who were later rescued by a wealthy businessman of Indian origin.
Former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao took to Twitter to lash out at the film as she said, “Airlift” the movie completely falls short in its research on role of @MEAIndia in 1990-91 Gulf War.”
"Airlift" the movie falls completely short in its research on role of @MEAIndia in 1990-91 Gulf War.
— Nirupama Rao (@NMenonRao) January 25, 2016