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Take Off (2017)

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In 2014, a group of Malayali nurses was captured when terrorists took over the city of Tikrit in Iraq. This movie recounts the ordeal suffered by the nurses following their capture.


Mahesh Narayan


Mahesh Narayan (screenplay and dialogue), P.V. Shajikumar (screenplay and dialogue)
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Fahadh Faasil ... Manoj Abraham
Kunchacko Boban ... Shaheed
Prakash Belawadi ... Rajan
Divya Prabha ... Jincy
Asif Ali ... Faizal (Extended Cameo)
Satish Sharma ... Shukla
Prem Prakash ... Jayamohan
Eric Zachariah ... Ibrahim aka Ibru
Alencier Ley Lopez ... Sameera's Father
Parvathi T. ... Shaheed's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Devi Ajith ... Dr. Susan
Tiger Ali Tiger Ali ... Old Rebel Leader
Rajesh Babu ... Visa officer
Ujjwal Chopra Ujjwal Chopra ... Yosuf


In 2014, a group of Malayali nurses was captured when terrorists took over the city of Tikrit in Iraq. This movie recounts the ordeal suffered by the nurses following their capture.

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nurse | ordeal | terrorist | iraq | tikrit | See All (17) »


Save one life you're a Hero. Save hundred lives you're a Nurse.


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Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kerala, India See more »


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INR 60,500,000 (estimated)
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Alternate Versions

The UK release was censored; in order to obtain a '12A' classification the distributor chose to remove sequences of strong violence and strong bloody injury detail. These cuts (which amounted to 1m 16s in total) were made in accordance with BBFC guidelines and policy. An uncut '15' classification was available. See more »


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Written by Rafeeq Ahammed
Produced by Shaan Rahman
Performed by Hesham Abdul Wahab
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A depressing movie and review
8 July 2017 | by PimpinAinttEasySee all my reviews

While watching this movie, I realized that it really does suck to be an Indian. We have to stand in queues to get jobs, to emigrate to other countries or even to buy a bottle of alcohol. Our lives are a series of application forms to be filled and photostats to be submitted. I had tears in my eyes during the first scene and even the scenes at the end with the pictures of the nurses meeting their families after. Why are we always at the mercy of governments and dictators?

I loved the account of the Muslim lady's personal life. But hated the scene where she dons the burqa with glee. Would one Indian filmmaker have the guts to feature a scene where a Muslim lady tears off her burqa? The patriotic scenes towards the end were also a bit cringe-worthy. I mean, these ladies left the country for Iraq because they could not make ends meet with their meager salaries in the so called fastest growing economy in the world. Take Off must also be one of the first films in the world about the ISIS menace.

Parvathi pretty much carries this film on her shoulders. She towers over the three other leading men. She completely owned this film. I was not too impressed by her in Bangalore Days. But she really impressed me in this. I liked the film because it accurately portrays the sense of anomie and constant uncertainty that characterizes most Indian lives.

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