Akshay Kumar played the role of Ranjit Katyal who helped evacuate 1,70,000 Indians from a war-ravaged Kuwait in director Raja Krishna Menon’s ‘Airlift’. It is one of those movies that has earned Akshay a lot of respect for his phenomenal acting.
The character of Ranjit Katyal was said to be a combination of Mathunny Mathews and an Indian businessman Harbhajan Singh Bedi, by the film’s makers. Sunny Mathew orchestrated the mass evacuation of thousands of Indians from Kuwait when the country was attacked by the Iraqi army over failed trade-related talks between the emir of Kuwait and Iraq’s President, Saddam Hussein.
Also known as Toyota Sunny, the real-life ‘Airlift’ hero is no more. Aged 81, Mathew breathed his last recently at his home in Qadisiya, Kuwait. The producer of ‘Airlift’, Nikkhil Advani, broke this news with an extremely saddened tweet.
— Nikkhil Advani (@nikkhiladvani) 21 May 2017
Soon, ‘Airlift’ star Akshay Kumar, paid his tribute to the hero with this tweet.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) 21 May 2017
The movie gathered a lot of fame and respect for the star. When the movie failed to make it to the 62nd Filmfare Award last year, fans flooded Twitter with angry tweets and criticised the jury.