Neerja
Neerja saved 359 lives. This is her story.
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Neerja

Hindi
BiographyDrama
19 Feb, 2016
2 hrs 02 mins
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Neerja is a biopic and a cinematic representation of the dramatic events that unfolded on September 5th, 1986 when Pan Am Flight 73 from Bombay to New York was hijacked at its transit at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, by Palestinian extremists from Abu Nidal`s terrorist outfit. This is the story of Neerja Bhanot (Sonam Kapoor), a 22 year old part time model, who was the head purser on the flight. Neerja had escaped an abusive marriage at a very young age and as a life change, decided to become an air hostess, subsequently impressing everyone so much that they made her a purser. Throughout the horrifying situation, Neerja didn`t succumb to her fears and instead she fought her personal demons from the past and from the minute the plane was hijacked, through the terrifying 17 hours to the grueling end, she used her courage, wits and compassion to make sure that the passengers were protected, going as far as to hiding the passports of the American passengers. Through her swift thinking and brave actions, she managed to save the lives of 359 passengers and crew on board out of 379, all at the cost of her own life.

Neerja posthumously became the youngest recipient of India`s highest civilian honour for bravery, the Ashoka Chakra, and was bestowed the Flight Safety Foundation Heroism award by U.S.A, Tamgha e Insaaniyat (awarded for showing incredible human kindness) by Pakistan, Justice for Crimes Award by United States Attorney`s office for the district of Columbia, Special Courage Award by the U.S. government and the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry`s Award as well. This is a portrayal of Neerja`s strength, courage and sacrifice and an attempt to bring before the world this lesser known Indian hero`s story, so that she becomes an example and inspiration to young girls all over for generations to come.
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Verdict: A wonderful film about a hero. In a scene in Neerja, a terrorist points a gun at Sonam Kapoor while yelling ``Hero? Hero?``. This happens when they get to know that the air hostess hid the passports of American passengers, and was also aware of the presence of a radio engineer on the []... ...Read full review
The film, right from the first (though a long one) scene, takes us into the world of Neerja - her family, dog all pottering about a cozy house of the eighties with the stereo system adorning the head bed, the black monster of the landline tring-tringing. They have even got the vinyl chip flooring right. ...Read full review
Before we go with the review, we first bow down before all the unsung heroes of our Nation. This movie is about one such unsung hero. Thanks to `Neerja`` as it brought one of the unsung heroes to spot light. ...Read full review
For a director to make a film on a real life incident is in itself a mammoth task. One has to be very careful with all the facts and ensure nothing during the research is overlooked or has a flawed representation. ...Read full review

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