“Neerja” is a movie based on Neerja Bahnot who is better known as the heroine of hijack.
Sonam Kapoor is playing the lead role of the brave girl in the movie while Shabana Azmi is acting as her mother.
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When asked, Shabana Azmi told how she was invited around 2 years back to present award to the late Neerja’s Mother, Rama and she connected so well emotionally with her. She said that when she got the script for the movie then accepted it readily.
Neerja was the Senior Purser in the flight Pam Am 73 flight, when the plane was hijacked by terrorists at Karachi Airport.
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Neerja was recognized for her bravery and awarded with highest award in the three countries namely: India, America and Pakistan.
Neerja Bhanot showed bravery and unique presence of mind in that era when air hostesses were looked upon as glamorous dolls and were not allowed to look after the security systems in flight.
Neerja Bhanot was the youngest and first civilian to receive the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award