In the much-acclaimed movie Airlift, Akshay Kumar as Ranjit Katyal had helped evacuate 1,70,000 Indians from a war-ravaged Kuwait.
Ranjit Katyal was one Mathunny Mathews in real life, who breathed his last at his home in Qadisiya, Kuwait last night. He had orchestrated the mass evacuation of a number 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.
The producer of Airlift, Nikkhil Advani, took to Twitter to express his sincere condolences over his demise.
— Nikkhil Advani (@nikkhiladvani) May 21, 2017
Soon, Akshay Kumar retweeted him.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 21, 2017
Akshay’s character in the movie was said to be a combination of Mathunny Mathews and an Indian businessman Harbhajan Singh Bedi, by the film’s makers.
Airlift was a critical and commercial success at the box office and got Akshay much appreciation for his acting.