Two hundred-odd survivors of the 1986 hijacked Pan Am flight have expressed gratitude to the makers for coming up with a biopic on their hero, senior flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life to save theirs.
Neerja helped 359 of the total 379 people on board the illfated aircraft to escape before falling to the terrorists’ bullets.
A touching letter penned by Nicole Thomas Fredrick, daughter of one of the pilots, reads: “The film’s trailer brings out the intense emotions that were going on at that time. I remember everything that happened in those 48 hours and this stirred up a lot of feelings for me again. My father would only grant interviews as long as it was about the heroism of Neerja. Pilots were extensively trained to evacuate the aircraft for negotiating power. In 1986, terrorists didn’t know how to fly airplanes, so that was a bargaining tool to buy time. She did a lot to save the lives of Americans (specifically) and I will always remember that. I can’t wait to see the film. Hopefully, it will release where I live.”
Neerja revisits the story of courage shown by the 23-year-old Mumbai based flight attendant who was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra for bravery — the youngest recipient to bag the honour.
Neerja Bhanot was a flight attendant for Pan Am, based in Mumbai, India, who was murdered while saving 359 passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5 September 1986. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra.
Mind blowing actress Sonam is ready to flaunt her versatility by stepping into the shoes of Neerja Bhanot. The actress in the trailer is seen as a simple and confident girl. Sonam has ditched her high fashion avatar and has donned a grounded and poised image for the character. Looking promising in the shoes of the character Sonam seems to be excellent in her Neerja Bhanot role.
The trailer is mind triggering with the snapshots of Neerja’s way of life, the trailer initiates with reports of the hijack and proceeds to Sonam’s character of Neerja. Complimenting Sonam Kapooris senior talent bundle Shabana Azmi. Veteran star Shabana Azmi will be seen playing the role of Neerja’s mother. The trailer gives us a glimpse of the simple girl Neerja who is unaware of the drastic turn her life is going to take. The hijack scene is shown partly but is gripping by all means.
Neerja is an upcoming 2016 Indian biographical film directed by Ram Madhvani starring Sonam Kapoor in lead titular role. The film will hit theatres on February 19, 2016.[/tps_footer]