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Movie review: Sonam Kapoor's 'Neerja' is a thrilling ride you can't afford to miss!
Most of us are well aware of the unfortunate episode that awaited Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant as she boarded the 'Pan Am flight 73' to assist her passengers. But, all thanks goes to director Ram Madhvani for making every one of us live those tragic moments through his iconic flick 'Neerja.'
Biopics, as well as the historic events have become a favourite genre of Bollywood these days. And cinema lovers too shower their love when it comes to such special flicks. And now, here's another such story of 'Neerja Bhanot' portrayed by Sonam Kapoor on the silver screen.

Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravjiani

Director: Ram Madhvani

Genre: Biography, Drama

Duration: 2 hours 2 minutes

IMDb Rating: 8.2

Being a biographical film, 'Neerja' revolves around the actual hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 from Bombay to New York at its transit at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, by Palestinian extremists from Abu Nidal's terrorist outfit on Sep 5, 1986. It presents how the flight attendant Neerja who was shot dead by terrorists, fought for the lives of her passengers.

The film starts as it introduces Neerja (Sonam Kapoor) swiftly to the viewers. A very ordinary young woman who is passionate about her work, loves modeling and maintains a special bond with her family and friends. The director does not take much time to set the stage. Since, the film is based on a real story, it easily gets connected with the audience without putting in much effort.

Neerja belongs to the middle-class family of Rama and Harish played brilliantly by Shabana Azmi and Yogendra Tikku. Both the actors has given amazing performance and are spot-on as a couple. They love their daughter intensely and are very proud of her. In no time, you will become a part of their family, joy and later misery.

The film runs smoothly. Neerja also ensures a horrifying past. She had escaped an abusive marriage at a very young age. But as a life changes, she decided to become an air hostess living her past behind. Her work is so impressing that she soon becomes a purser.

In every horrifying situations; be it her past or the minute her flight gets hijacked, Neerja never succumbs to her fears. She fights bravely throughout the terrifying 17 hours to the fierce end. All she ensures is an abundant courage.

Every minute she makes sure that her passengers are protected. She even hide the passports of the American passengers, and ultimately, it is her courage and swift thinking that saves the lives of 359 passengers and crew members, but all at the cost of her own life.

Performances of all the actors are flawless. Sonam Kapoor is brilliant as Neerja Bhanot and has done a tremandous job. She has earned lot of praises from the critics, movie buffs and and her colleagues for her performance. Hats off to the lady who single-handley brought the courageous story of Neerja and done all justice to the character. Much known for her fashion sense, this role has earned her true respect as an actor in this entire industry.

Other soul of the film is Shabana Azmi. The actress as the mother of Neerja will surely bring tears in your eyes. Make sure, you carry tissues while watching this intense drama.

Director Madhvani too has done a great job while showcasing an event that will be remembered for courage and humanity. The best thing about this very special film is that Madhvani has soberly presented every minutes details without dramatizing it at all. Neerja is surely a weekend dose and you can not afford to miss this Sonam starrer flick at any cost.

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