Akshay Kumar: 'Airlift' can't be compared to 'Argo'

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who will be seen in 'Airlift', inspired by the evacuation of Indians who were based in Kuwait during the Iraq-Kuwait war, says it can't be compared to Hollywood star Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film 'Argo'.

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

"This is a complete original story and non-fictional. 'Airlift' is about a Kuwait-based businessman who was stuck along with more than a lakh people who were staying in Kuwait at that time (1990).

"'Airlift' and 'Argo' are different and can't be compared," said Akshay.

'Argo' chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis -- the truth of which was not known by the public for decades.

Actress Nimrat Kaur, who will be sharing screen space with Akshay in the movie, said: "'Argo' is a very small scale operation and it's very specific. Both are different incidents and there is no resemblance between the two."

Talking about his film, Akshay said that he portrays a multi-millionaire businessman who loses everything in the war. "I have seen a film like this... Balraj Sahni's 'Waqt' where a person goes through the same experience. That film got stuck on my mind."

It is slated to release on January 22 next year.

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