As the storyline goes, this movie revolves around Neerja Bhanot, the Indian air-hostess who was shot dead by the terrorists who have hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 flying from Mumbai to the US, on 5 September 1986 at Karachi airport in Pakistan. The aircraft was carrying 400 passengers. The four armed terrorists, backed by Libya wanted to redirect the plane, Israel and crash it into a building. As the plane was on the tarmac, the three-member American cockpit crew of pilot, co-pilot and the flight engineer evacuated the aircraft per their training so that the aircraft could not be forcibly flown.
Bhanot was the senior flight purser on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight. The terrorists instructed her to collect the passports of all the passengers so that they could identify the Americans. After crew members evacuated to prevent the plane from getting off the ground, Bhanot hid passports of almost 41 passengers from the terrorists. She hid the passports of the passengers on the flight so that the hijackers could not differentiate between American and Non-American citizens.
She was the one who opened emergency door to let passengers escape. Later on, she was shot dead while shielding three children just before her 23rd birthday.
Ram Madhvani, the director did is commendable job with the storyline and actors. The stunning performance, gripping storyline and director’s cut makes the movie a critically acclaimed movie of the year as it portrays the chronicle courage shown by Neerja Bhanot, the flight attendant of the flight Pan Am who saved lives of many passengers from the hijacked flight in 1986.
The Bollywood film fraternity has also unanimously showered praise on the movie. Bollywood is all praise for Sonam Kapoor for her performance in the movie - Neerja.
Several even referring to the film as an inspiring masterpiece which will make India proud - “Neerja is absolutely stunning !! How on earth did Ram Madhvani successfully make this film is a wonder”, said superstar Amitabh Bachchan. “Loved Neerja. Very inspirational & moving!Sonam is outstanding! Shabanaji has given a performance of a lifetime! Well done Ram! Must watch!”, said Aamir Khan.
Sonam Kapoor with her scintillating performance and supporting strong storyline, took the screen away from others. Other actors like ShabanaAzmi and Sekhar Ravjiani also offers a valuable support to the leading lady. This movie is truly worth watching!