NRI Businessman Who Inspired Akshay Kumar-Starrer 'Airlift' Dies In Kuwait

Popularly known as 'Toyota Sunny', Mathunny Mathews was said to be the inspiration of Akshay Kumar's character in Bollywood film 'Airlift'.

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NRI Businessman Who Inspired Akshay Kumar-Starrer 'Airlift' Dies In Kuwait

Mathunny Mathews was instrumental in evacuation of stranded Indians during Iraqi invasion in 1990.

Thiruvananthapuram: 

Highlights

  1. During 1990 Gulf War, Mathunny Mathews helped thousands of Indians flee
  2. He provided food and drinking water to stranded Indians
  3. Mr Mathews, 81, died on Saturday due to poor health
Prominent Indian businessman in Kuwait, Mathunny Mathews, who was instrumental in the safe evacuation of stranded Indians during the Iraqi invasion in 1990, died on Saturday.

81-year-old Mr Mathews, who hailed from Kumbanad in Pathnamthitta district, was ailing for some time and died yesterday, media reports here said.

Expressing his condolence, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today that during the 1990 Gulf war Mathews had helped thousands of Indians to flee the gulf nation and his services would always be remembered.

By not taking efforts to save his own life and property, Mr Mathews had done yeoman service to bring his countrymen, who had lost everything in the war, safely back, Mr Vijayan said.

"He provided food and drinking water to the stranded Indians and we remember it with gratitude," Mr Vijayan said.

The V P Singh government had in 1990 carried out the biggest evacuation during the gulf war when over 1.50 lakh standard Indians had been safely brought back by flight. At that time Mr Mathews had functioned as the Central Government's "unofficial representative" in Kuwait to coordinate the evacuation process, the Chief Minister said.

Popularly known as 'Toyota Sunny', Mathunny Mathews was said to be the inspiration of Akshay Kumar's character in Bollywood film 'Airlift'.
 

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