The much anticipated first look of Sonam Kapoor in the Ram Madhvani directed bio-pic ‘Neerja’ is out. There is already considerable interest whipped up by Sonam playing the role of Neerja Bhanot, the daredevil flight attendant of PanAm, who lost her life trying to save the lives of passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked PanAm Flight 73 on September 5, 1986. Neerja posthumously became the youngest recipient of India’s highest civilian award for bravery, The Ashok Chakra. She was only 22 when she passed away.
Sonam Kapoor says, “There are times in an actor’s career when a very special role in a special motion picture comes your way. The biopic of Neerja Bhanot is one such. I feel honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to essay the role of India’s youngest Ashoka Chakra awardee.”
Director Ram Madhvani says, “Making Neerja is an emotional journey for all of us. I couldn’t have asked for a better team than Fox Star, Bling Unplugged and Equinox. And Sonam is Neerja.”
Produced by Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged, the story and screenplay of Neerja has been written by Saiwyn Quadras. Sanyukta Chawla Shaikh has written the dialogues. Shabani Azmi plays a very crucial role in the film alongside Sonam.