Director – Ram Madhvani
Cast – Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Rajviani, Uday Chopra, Abrar Zahoor
Rating – ****
Neerja is based on the brave airhostess who lost her life saving many others during the unforgettable Pan Am hijacking of 1986. Neerja Bhanot (Sonam Kapoor), Pan Am air hostess and part time model, had everything that she needed to be happy, a supportive family, including a doting mother (Shabana Azmi) and a caring boyfriend (Shekhar Ravjiani). Neerja had just been promoted as the head purser of the ill-fated flight, and she was seen celebrating with her family at a society function. At the same time, in Karachi, five terrorists were preparing themselves for their dastardly mission. The next day, when Neerja’s flight had a stopover at Karachi, the terrorists forcibly entered the airfield and hijacked the plane, with the intention of flying it to Cyprus. They began killing off passengers one by one. And you know how it all ends…
From the main leads to even the supporting ones, everyone has done Justice to their roles. The actors playing the terrorists totally look their part. Sonam is the heart and soul of the film. Shabana Azmi is great, as always and her final speech will definitely make you cry. Yogendra Tiku, who plays Sonam’s father in the film, is another actor to look out for. In his debut film, composer Shekhar Ravjiani is pretty likeable in his small role.