(Rama Bhanot), Shekhar (Jaideep), Yogendra Tiku (Harish Bhanot)
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on the real hijacking incident of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan in
1986. The film is based on incredible presence of mind and bravery shown by a
23 year old air hostess Neerja Bhanot, who became instrumental in saving almost
359 lives out of 379 lives on board. Such films which are based on real stories
are beyond any review. The only thing which becomes important is whether titular
character’s life and the incident have been justified in the film or not. Ram
Madhvani has nailed it. The film Neerja sticks to the core, and the events
unfold naturally, gradually. Neerja, the titular character, is shown to be a
very normal girl, who evolves during a crisis situation and puts her head and
heart in place. The story telling is done in such a manner that it would indeed
touch your heart. One would also feel proud of the fact that an Indian girl
grew beyond her own limitations and displayed extraordinary courage during
crisis time. Neerja Bhanot is the youngest Indian to be awarded the Ashok
Chakra, India’s highest honour for courage.
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the film is that a Pan Am Mumbai-Frankfurt-New York flight was hijacked on 5th
September, 1986. This flight landed at Karachi prior to proceeding to
Frankfurt, and that is where it was hijacked by four armed Palestinian terrorists
of Abu Nidal Organization. Militants were planning to use the hijacked plane to pick
up Palestinian prisoners in Cyprus and Israel. A survivor has also claimed that
he had heard the hijackers intending to crash the plane into a target in
Israel. This film Neerja is based on this hijacking incident.
Kapoor), a die-hard Rajesh Khanna fan, is shown to be a fun-loving person, who
spreads energy wherever she is. Initial frames show her sprouting Rajesh Khanna’s
dialogue : जिन्दगी बड़ी होनी चाहिए, लम्बी
नहीं . Neerja is
an airhostess as well as a model. She had just done an assignment for bridal
wear. She reaches her society gathering, where her family (parents – Yogendra Tiku
and Shabana Azmi playing Harish and Rama Bhanot, and two brothers) are all
waiting for her so as to make the boring party lively. And that is what exactly
she does, peps up the whole atmosphere.
first trip as Head Purser. She was very fond of her job. Beautiful
mother-daughter moments are shown before her departure. Rama tells Neerja also
that her blood pressure shoots up whenever she goes for her duty and it comes
down only when her flight lands. Rama is shown as typical mother, who gets
worries for her child. She even worries, when Neerja misplaced her ring
suggested by an astrologer. These small details make the movie even deeper.
comes to drop Neerja to the airport. Shekhar gifts her a small pack as her
birthday gift, asking her to open the same only on her birthday on 7th
order or not in flight. Neerja is shown to be lovingly interacting with the
passengers. Little did the passengers know that a crisis was awaiting them?
Having taken a training to handle the hijack crisis, Neerja’s brain worked and
she alerted the captain and his team at cockpit which made them leave the
cockpit through an overhead hatch. Neerja’s thought behind alerting the captain
and his team was to save them and also was sure that aircraft could not be
forcibly flown. Neerja as a head purser handles the situation.
Doha) is also shown interspersed with the hijack events.
and crew. How the events shape up? How did the terrorists treat passengers and
the crew? How did Neerja save the lives? Was she able to maintain her cool in
midst of this crisis? Was she able to negotiate with the terrorists and also
simultaneously keep the passengers calm? What gift Shekhar had given Neerja? Watch
the film for Neerja, the braveheart.
affection would win your hearts. Rest of the cast has also done a good job.
conversation after the highjack, wishing her daughter to be safe but not able
to console each other. The last scene where Roma shares her grief, pain, pride of
being Neerja’s mother.
tears for the kind of human spirits displayed by the braveheart. She made Rajesh Khanna starrer Anand film’s
dialogue her own life’s philosophy: जिन्दगी बड़ी
होनी चाहिए, लम्बी नहीं . She lived a great life. Grand Salute to Neerja.