Sonam Kapoor to play Neerja, the daring lady who became India’s Youngest person to win Ashoka Chakra!
Sonam Kapoor after the mega success of RAANJHANAA is quite busy these days doing multiple films. Soon after completing Salman Khan starrer PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO, Sonam will begin work on renowned Ad filmmaker Ram Madhvani’ s biopic NEERJA that is being produced by ace photographer Atul Kasbekar’s company Bling along with Fox Star Studios.
The biopic is based on the life of 23 year brave heart airhostess, Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life saving the lives of passengers boarded on the unfortunate Pan Am flight 73 Mumbai to Frankfurt that was hijacked by four terrorists of the Abu Nidal terror group on September 5, 1986, when it landed in Karachi.
Atul Kasbekar in his tweet asked the Indians "Do U Know Who Neerja Bhanot Is? No? Well U Really Really Should..."
Truly the daring tale of Neerja Bhanot is worth admiring because she single handedly faced the terrorist and laid down her life to rescue 41 American on board!
What makes Neerja’s sacrifice worth saluting is that when the terrorist hijacked the plane, Neerja was the first lady on board to alert the three-member American cockpit crew of pilot, co-pilot and the flight engineer but alas as the plane was on the airstrip all the three American crew escaped caring a damn for their American fellow brothers in the plane but Neerja, despite being an Indian fought tooth and nail with the terrorist.
According to Ram Madhvani the movie bring forth the courage of woman power and will serve in generating heroism not just among the ladies but among the males as well!
Narrating the bravery of Neerja Ram informed, “When the terrorist threatened her to collect the passports of the passengers so that they could target just the Americans, Neerja and her team hid the passports. Aggravated at Neerja’s fearless and adamant attitude the terrorist after 17 hours of harassment finally opened fire and set off explosives.”
“But clever Neerja immediately opened the emergency door and helped a number of passengers to escape. Unlike the American pilot crew, who escaped saving their lives, Neera too could have been the first to jump out and save her life when she opened the emergency door, but more than her life, she cared for the lives of passengers as she was on duty and it was her job to take care of the passengers! She finally died a heroic death shielding three children from a hail of bullets.”
Neera’s sacrifice was saluted internationally as the heroine of the hijack. India bestowed upon her the prestigious gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra, posthumously. She became the youngest Indian to achieve this distinction!