Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga | Official Trailer | Anil | Sonam | Rajkummar | Juhi | 1st Feb’19
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age film directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar. It stars Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, and Rajkummar Rao, and also features Akshay Oberoi, Regina Cassandra, Brijendra Kala and Madhumalti Kapoor in supporting roles. Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and distributed by Fox Star Studios, the film will release on 1 February 2019.
Some love stories are not simple, Sweety’s is one such story. She has to contend with her over-enthusiastic family that wants to get her married, a young writer who is completely smitten by her, a secret that she harbors close to her heart and ultimately the truth that her true love might not find acceptance in her family and society. Resolving these issues proves hilarious, touching & life changing.
Welcome to the most Unexpected Romance of the year!
Releasing in theatres near you on 1st Feb’2019
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla, Abhishek Duhan, Seema Pahwa, Madhumalti, Brijendra Kala Directed by: Shelly Chopra Dhar Produced by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra Co-produced by: Fox Star Studios Story & Screenplay: Gazal Dhaliwal & Shelly Chopra Dhar Music: Rochak Kohli Lyrics: Gurpreet Saini Editor: Ashish Suryavanshi Director of Photography: Himman Dhamija Additional Cinematography: Rangarajan Ramabadran Production Design: Rajat Poddar Production Design (Punjab Schedule): Teddy Maurya Executive Producer: Lawrence D’Souza Line Producer: Alok Sinha First Assistant Director: Paran Bawa Costume Design: Sheetal Sharma Background Music: Sanjay Wandrekar & Atul Raninga Sound Design: Parikshit Lalvani & Kunal Mehta Re-recording Mixer: Alok De
Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju Latest Updates: From trailer, teaser, posters to star cast, and songs, here’s everything you need to know about Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanjay Dutt biopic.
Written by: Reshu Manglik,
Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju is all rage on the internet right now. Not only this, the lead actor Ranbir Kapoor is making all the noise on the social media for his uncanny resemblance to the 90’s superstar Sanjay Dutt in the biopic Sanju. The actor has undergone rigorous workout and also adapted the body language of Dutt to such finesse that it’s hard for the audience to differentiate one for another. For those who came late, Sanju is an Indian biographical film based on the life of Sanjay Dutt, written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The film has been dominating the headlines ever since it went on floors. The leaked pictures from the Sanju sets went viral on the internet and hence, fans can’t stop raving about Ranbir Kapoor’s hard work that went into the making of the film. For those who missed out on some interesting details about Sanju, we have clubbed everything and anything you need to know about this most-awaited Bollywood film.
Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt
Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt
Manisha Koirala as Nargis Dutt
Dia Mirza as Maanyata Dutt
Sonam Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt’s love interest (most probably Tina Munim)
Karishma Tanna as Madhuri Dixit
Anushka Sharma as biographer
Jim Sarbh as Salman Khan
Tabu as Tabu (Cameo)
Vicky Kaushal as Sanjay Dutt’s best friend
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Sanju Music Director
A. R. Rahman
Sanju Release Date
29th June, 2018
The makers of Sanju dropped the trailer one by one, each one representing one character from the movie.
Here are all the posters of Sanju revealed by the makers
In the teaser, Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt traces his journey from being a philanderer in 90’s to spending years in Yerwada Jail.
Sanju Trailer On 30th May, just a month before its release, the trailer of Sanju was launched by the makers at a grand event in Mumbai. The event was attended by the entire star cast of the film barring Anushka Sharma, who was in the US at that time to shoot for Zero. During the trailer launch event, lead actor Ranbir Kapoor revealed many interesting details of his own personal life while interacting with media.
Sanju Songs So far, only one track has been released ‘Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya’ which features Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in the video. It is being said that father Sunil Dutt lambasted Sanjay Dutt for his poor lip sync in one of the music videos. The incident dates back to Rocky’s release in 1981. It was Sanjay Dutt’s debut film and helmed by none other than veteran actor Sunil Dutt. The song was ‘Dosto ko salaam dushmano ko salaam’ sung by legendary singer Kishore Kumar. Watch the entire song here Sanju Song: Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya
Sanju Latest Updates: Watch out the space below for latest updates about Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Salman Khan not happy with Sanju trailer?
According to the latest interview by a news agency, Salman Khan is not happy with the last portion of the trailer. He believes that the last 8-10 years of the biopic should have been played by Sanjay Dutt himself. Speaking to the news agency, he said, “For Sanju, I was thinking why is somebody else playing this bit? The last 8-10 years, you cannot do justice to that. Sanju should have played the last bit.”
Sanju Memes that have taken over the internet
While major section of the social media is overwhelmed by Ranbir Kapoor’s performance in the Sanju trailer itself, there is a community of some talented netizen who got busy making memes out of the trailer. Soon after the trailer launch, some really rib-tickling Sanju memes started floating on the internet. Have a look.
Sanju is an upcoming Indian biographical film based on the life of Indian actor Sanjay Dutt, directed and written by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt in various stages of his life. The film is set to be released on 29 June 2018. A short official teaser of the film was released on 24 April 2018. It became the highest viewed Hindi film teaser of all time, garnering more than 30 million views within the first 48 hours of its release and 150 million global views across several social media platforms.
Few lives in our times are as dramatic and enigmatic as the saga of Sanjay Dutt. Coming from a family of cinema legends, he himself became a film star, and then saw dizzying heights and darkest depths: adulation of diehard fans, unending battles with various addictions, brushes with the underworld, prison terms, loss of loved ones, and the haunting speculation that he might or might not be a terrorist.
Sanju is in turns a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of one man’s battle against his own wild self and the formidable external forces trying to crush him. It depicts the journey of a man through everything that life can throw at him. Some true stories leave you thinking “did this really happen?” This is one such unbelievable story that happens to be true.
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Vicky Kaushal, Jim Sarbh and Boman Irani.
Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani.
Produced by: Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Fox Star Studios.
Filmmaker Karan Johar took to Twitter and wished the couple.
New Delhi: After Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s star-studded wedding, the latest one to join the marriage bandwagon happens to be Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi. The actress announced her wedding on Twitter and shared adorable pictures addressing Angad as ‘best friend’.
She wrote: “Best decision of my life.. today, I married my best friend. Hello there, husband! @Imangadbedi.”
Neha and Angad’s wedding news has come as a pleasant surprise to the fans. A few days back buzz about them being a couple was doing the rounds but the duo never really talked about it in public. They had a Sikh wedding and the Anand Karaj ceremony took place in a Gurudwara. The duo kept it a hush-hush affair and they succeeded in keeping it totally under the wraps. Filmmaker Karan Johar took to Twitter and wished the couple. He wrote: ” My darling and most special friend @NehaDhupia who l love and adore dearly is married to the gentleman and talented @Imangadbedi !! Here’s wishing them decades of unconditional love!!!!”
One the work front, Angad was last seen in Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. He played a pivotal part in the action drama. Meanwhile, Neha’s hit talk show ‘Vogue With BFFs’ was the talk of the town. Looks like after Virushka, Sonam-Angad and now Neha-Angad, the list is going to have some more big names added this year. The Bollywood stunner is currently seen hosting reality show ‘Roadies’ on MTV.
Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja exchanged marriage vows this morning in an intimate ceremony at Rockdale in Bandra today. The ceremony was attended by family and close friends. While Anand looked regal in his Raghuvendra Rathore outfit, Sonam was looking gorgeous in an Anuradha Vakil creation on her special day. From the wedding rituals to the cake cutting ceremony we shared all the pictures and videos from the big fat wedding. Now, it’s time for the reception and it is going to be a starry event with the who’s who of the industry attending the grand celebration.
Stars have coming in and here we are with the pictures from the reception. Anil Kapoor has arrived looking suave in the black suit. Shatrughan Sinha made a dashing entry with wife Poonam Sinha.
Anil Kapoor was spotted at the IIFA voting weekend here in Mumbai. During his media interaction, Anil Kapoor talked about daughter Sonam’s wedding and said, they will share everything at the right time.
When asked about Sonam Kapoor’s wedding, dad Anil Kapoor said, “Media has always been with me and my family when we began our careers. We will share everything at the right time. You all will know very soon. We won’t hide these details. You will know why there is lighting outside the house.”
After ‘No Entry’, ‘Yuvraaj’, ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’ and ‘Biwi No 1’ – the popular duo Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan are sharing screen space in Race 3. Talking about the film, Anil Kapoor expressed his excitement.
He said, “Race 3 is releasing on Eid. Salma Khan and Ramesh Taurani are producing it and both are experienced producers. Salman has done things wholeheartedly. When you (will) watch the film, you will realize it. We have made an entertaining film. Salman Khan has made this film with a lot of heart”
“I have done many films with Salman and people liked it. When I am working with Salman, it doesn’t feel like I am working, the entire thing is just positive energies. We work, we enjoy and laugh.”
The news is viral that Anil Kapoor’s daughter Sonam Kapoor is getting married to Anand Ahuja. The Kapoor residence in Juhu is already being decorated but Anil still refused to confirm or deny the “wedding”.
Talking about the IIFA awards, Anil said, “IIFA is an occasion for me when I can meet and interact with my family members. And when I talk about family members, I mean my entire film industry. This is the only award where everyone collectively travels and enjoys, I will always be grateful to IIFA for giving everyone the opportunity to meet with their fans”
Arunachalam Muruganantham’s earnestness to make menstrual hygiene accessible to every woman in the country led to the production of the first low-cost sanitary pad in 2004.
The quiet social revolution inspired Akshay Kumar-starrer, Pad Man, raising the curtain on a far-reaching invention.
When a man cycled around the streets of his hometown in a suburban South Indian city, wearing sanitary pads connected to an experimental ‘menstruation’ piston, he was castigated as a pervert. But he didn’t stop until he fashioned those low-cost pads for the less-privileged women of India at the end of a 10-year research – a quiet social revolution that is set to acquire a Bollywood finesse.
The multi-billion dollar sanitary pad industry pales before its, perhaps, only ‘country cousin’ – a successful business model that was born out of Arunachalam Muruganantham’s earnestness to make menstrual hygiene accessible to every woman in the country.
“My mission is to generate 1 million jobs and make India a 100 per cent sanitary napkin-use country, where now less than 12 per cent of women use pads,” Muruganantham told Swarajya.
His innovation, which is not just a gift for women but also a source of sustainable livelihood for struggling families, is transforming lives and has inspired an Akshay Kumar-starrer Pad Man that will hit the cinemas next month. The biopic will be the first Indian film to be screened at the Oxford Union, the illustrious debating society of England.
The man behind the movie is Muruganantham. Wearing titles such as ‘menstruation Muruganantham’ on his sleeves, the inventor was nudged into making affordable pads to help his new wife, but was ostracised for adopting ‘weird’ methods to test the functionality of his creation. But the lone inventor persevered to build an industry that stands out for its modest business fundamentals, yet monumental contribution to social entrepreneurship.
If Muruganantham was, perhaps, the first man in the world to wear sanitary pads, Akshay Kumar is likely the first lead actor to take the message of personal hygiene to the people through a movie, in which the blockbuster hero would not be seen flexing his muscles but padding up a pair of pink panties, and wearing it too, cycling through the lanes of his hometown on the first leg of his experiment to produce a low-cost pad.
On the sets of Pad Man
With the kind of mass appeal Akshay Kumar has, “what better way to get the message of observing personal hygiene to the people,” Murugananthan muses. He said how shy the actor appeared when he had to go about wearing the pad-lined clothing and gingerly checking for ‘bulges’. But the good-looking padman, sporting a neatly combed hairstyle, a pair of chappals and sober clothing, does just that, and with prowess, as a sneak peek of the movie revealed. He even manages to deliver several lines of mildly broken English on public platforms, sharing on silver screen Muruganantham’s popular, humour-flecked motivational talks to Fortune 500 and multinational companies, and TED audiences.
Among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, the inventor from the suburbs of Coimbatore city was driven to finding a solution when he was dismayed at seeing his wife resort to unhygienic methods to manage her period days as the family could not afford sanitary pads for its women.
“I saw my wife tip-toeing around with some rag in her hand, something which I wouldn’t use to clean my two-wheeler with,” said Muruganantham about the day the ‘affordable pad’ idea was probably conceived. “My first reaction was to rush to the store to buy sanitary pads, and when I returned with them bundled in a newspaper, my wife said that if we continue buying these pads, the milk has to be struck off the monthly budget list, and she didn’t favour that,” Muruganantham recalled.
It took a doting husband to persist with a simple cotton and cloth concept with the intention of thrusting pads, not diamonds into his wife’s palms, before it acquired an industrial dimension.
“My business model is simple. It helps produce world-class pads with a capital of Rs 2-3 lakh against a Rs 500-crore investment norm to run such an industry,” said Muruganantham, the 55-year-old proprietor of Jayashree Industries, whose achievements headlined several international publications.
A discreet supply chain sees the pads through to consumers. The pad costing Rs 2 and made of high-quality pine wood pulp is distributed through a grassroots method of door-to-door sales and retailing by word of mouth.
“We have set up 4,800 pad-making machines for individuals and groups in different parts of India with the help of about 1,000 volunteers, who joined the network by word of mouth.”
The machine, which can produce 1,500 pads a day, is simple to run and the raw material, available in paper stores, easy to source – in total, a business operation that is within the grasp and resources of India’s semi-skilled and unskilled millions.
Muruganantham’s lab where the first low-cost pad was produced.
But the road to invention was not easy. Muruganantham set about constructing the pad in 1994 and when it took shape in 2004, he needed volunteers to test it. “I first approached my wife and sisters, and then the medical college students, but they were reluctant and refused to help.”
Unfazed, Muruganantham adopted simple engineering, which took the place of the natural menstruation process, to test the absorption capacity of the pad but, however, through a seemingly bizarre method that forced his rattled wife to leave him, and the society to shun the ‘mad man’.
“I filled animal blood in a bag that was attached to a piston that would regularly pump blood onto the pads, which I wore.”
Bill Gates and Muruganantham
Muruganantham, who said he was certain his wife will return to him, which she did and is now a partner in the mission, was however happy to be left alone to carry out his research in his ‘lab’ – a little room in the backyard of his house, where the first low-cost pad would be produced off a machine that brought the inventor and Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates together in Seattle, US. The meeting caught the imagination of the media, which ran stories headlined, “Bill Gates spends one hour and 20 minutes with India’s rural innovator”. Muruganantham was impressed by the Gates’ eagerness to learn – to know all about the frugal formula of making sanitary pads.
“He was certain I could teach him something.”
Arunachalam Muruganantham receiving the Padmashri Award from the then president Pranab Mukherjee.
The potential of this creation to touch the lives of every woman in this country had Bollywood knocking on the Padmashri award winner’s doors. In his own words, “I was told a lady called Twinkle was insisting on talking to me, but I didn’t know her then, and the matter ended there.” It was a year-and-a-half later that he met Twinkle Khanna, Akshay Kumar’s wife, and who would become the producer of the film, in London. “She convinced me about her idea to make a movie on my life and I agreed to sell the rights for it,” he said.
He is clear about why he chose a Hindi over a Tamil make. “A Hindi movie would have a pan-India reach and I didn’t want to restrict this idea to a region.”
Playing Muruganandam warranted several visits by Akshay Kumar to his home in Coimbatore. “Akshay enjoyed meals of sambar-rice-pappad my wife Shanthi cooked,” he said, and over which the actor got under the skin of his character and soaked in the environment that gave birth to the revolutionary business idea. Muruganantham spent several days at many locations where Pad Man, also starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in leading roles, was shot, and assisted the crew.
“Akshay and I interacted for a year and a half,” said Muruganandam, who doesn’t know Hindi. With director R Balki, who is Tamil, helping with some crucial communication, the two exchanged ideas, experiences in English.
Twinkle’s maiden production venture, Pad Man, will be the success story of a social entrepreneur, who brushed aside patenting his product and threw open its production to anyone who wanted to earn that extra income to lead a decent life and the resources to send their children to school.
The business model is evolving, encompassing within its fold counselling for and information to women and their families, said Muruganantham. Manufactured by grassroots entrepreneurs, the pads are known by more than a 1,000 brand names and sold under a marketing strategy called d-tailing where sellers ‘detail’ its use and merits to women, who are otherwise exposed to the risks of serious infection. At the same time, it dispelled taboos associated with using pads helping adolescent girls to not only shake off the stigma and return to school but also find reassurance in the new-found self-esteem.
Muruganantham was 14 years old when his father died in an accident. “I wanted to support my mother, so left school,” said Muruganantham, who then started work at a welding workshop. “I learnt welding and was soon able to buy that workshop,” said Muruganantham, who was averse to ‘routine’ jobs and was driven “to do something different and innovative”.
His daughter Preethishree is in Class IV, and wants to be an inventor herself. “She does seem to understand all the fuss around me,” the father, who is preparing to watch the star-studded premiere of Pad Man, said with a smile.
“Big man strong man not making country strong…. woman strong, mother strong, sister strong, then country strong,” Akshay Kumar says with zest in the film, capturing the essence of an endeavour to empower women in one of the most exceptional ways.
It’s not easy to tell a story of a person you’ve never met, in a way that it almost makes the entire theatre applaud in unison. What ‘Neerja’ has done is definitely way beyond just moistening audience’ eyes. While we’ve read several reviews of this film that have made us believe why it shouldn’t be missed at all, we haven’t come across any story that talks about the impact that this film might have on a lot of people.
You’ll want to see more such stories. Stories that should be told, but aren’t heard so often.
Why did it take so long to come up with a film like this, or maybe like ‘No One Killed Jessica’ or‘Airlift’ or other movies revolving around unapologetic real-life incidents? Though it’s not the first time that such significant issues have been taken up by the commercial cinema; but in a day when four Bollywood films release; out of which three are simply shoddy romantic tales (‘Loveshudda’, Ishq Forever’ and ‘Direct Ishq’), it makes you question the content credibility of the film industry. What we want people to know, we should bring in the purview of the mainframe and not just rest them on the back pages of newspapers.
Next time you go for a biopic, you’ll have your expectations HIGH!
Can you imagine a biopic being delineated through just one day; a person’s last day alive to be precise? We couldn’t, until now. Directed by Ram Madhvani, this film makes all the right noises in all the correct ways. While most of the biopics turn out to be boring and just mere narratives of a person’s life, this one keeps you invested all throughout. No over-dramatization, no manipulation of real facts and figures for most part of it. It has indeed set the bar for creating biopics too high.
I vouch for Sonam Kapoor’s acting now (Well, almost!)
For all of us, who’ve doubted Sonam Kapoor’s acting abilities; this might be a subtle slap on our faces. The actress has definitely outdone herself in this film. In the beginning, you’ll see some false notes in her acting but as the movie progresses; she effortlessly makes you believe that she is, was Neerja. It’s not only her that delves deep into the character but it’s also the audience that starts feeling the emotions straight from the big screen. From playing a loving daughter to being the heroic savior; she managed every scene with élan. The actress definitely deserves all praises for this one.
It’s not just to get more faces that cabin crew is hired for, it’s definitely more than that. Much more.
They don’t just serve us food or coffee; they make sure we land safe even if they’ve put their lives at risk. Most of you’ll shy away if asked to confess your views about this profession; while some of you might like the glamour part, still others would find it demeaning to get into this field. This film might end up changing your opinions about this industry. Neerja Bhanot, a slain air-hostess who managed to save 359 lives on her first-day as head of the crew has raised the bars too high this time.
Want to know how an emotional subject should be treated in a film? Watch ‘Neerja’.
What happens when you cook a dish with every ingredient in just the right amount? It turns out finger-licking-delicious. This is exactly what’s ‘Neerja’ like. It is a fine play of script writing, execution, performance, editing and of course direction. With well-planned flashbacks and perfectly timed songs (except for one), it’s exactly the film that students should be shown while learning about film making.
NOTE:While Sonam Kapoor is the protagonist, the film wouldn’t have been able to strike the chords if not for its stellar star-cast. Shabana Azmi owns her character, owns the film. Yogendra Tiku makes for a perfect doting father. Shekhar Ravijiani unveils his acting side in an impressive way. The actors who played terrorists were convincing and just in the right mood throughout.
Three decades after a New York-bound Pan Am flight was hijacked in the Pakistani city of Karachi, a Bollywood film revisits the incident through the story of a 23-year-old Indian flight attendant named Neerja Bhanot who died while saving the lives of the 389 passengers onboard.
Releasing today, Neerja looks at Bhanot’s courageous role during the 16-hour siege of Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by four armed Palestinian men from the Abu Nidal Organization in the early hours of Sept. 6, 1986. The hijackers demanded that the aircraft fly to Cyprus, where they hoped to release Palestinian prisoners, but the plane never took off from the Karachi airport because the pilots and cockpit crew had escaped.
Bhanot, who was the senior flight purser, introduced herself to the terrorists as the crew in charge. She hid the passports of some passengers to prevent the terrorists from identifying their nationalities. She also helped several passengers escape through an emergency door, and died while shielding three children from gunfire. Around 20 passengers were killed in the hijacking.
Madhvani envisioned the film as a story of an ordinary young woman who found herself in an extraordinarily tense situation. “She came from an ordinary middle-class, but very protective family who pampered her with a lot of love. She loved laughter, life, music and Hindi films,” Kapoor told Mashable. “Yet, she was very idealistic. During those 16 hours, this ordinary girl used the best qualities in her to become this heroic leader.”
Madhvani and his team spent a considerable period of time researching not only the story of the hijacking, but also Bhanot’s personality. They made a timeline, met numerous survivors, studied Bhanot’s ads as a print model, her recordings, and spoke extensively to her family and friends to understand minute details like her taste in music and books. Kapoor says her month-long training as a flight attendant made her realise how passenger safety was such as a key part of Bhanot’s work.
Since the film was based on a real-life incident and person, Neerja’s team had the added responsibility of being accurate and sensitive to the survivors’ experiences. “The responsibility is huge when the survivors and her family are living with the trauma,” Madhvani told Mashable. “We wanted to capture some reality of what happened in the plane and to do justice to that feeling.”
It is also Kapoor’s first role based on a real-life personality. “All your homework is done, her personality is there, as opposed to a fictional character who exists only in your head,” Kapoor says. “Yet, you need to live up to her image and not let down the memory of her family. It’s a different process of capturing the person’s soul. It is daunting but strives you to be better”.
Stylistically too, the film was shot in a realist tone. “I want to be a humanist filmmaker. I am interested in emotional stories, in passing on a value system in the movies I make,” Madhvani says, adding that his cinematic influences include Mike Leigh and Asghar Farhadi. The Pan Am aircraft was meticulously recreated in the form of a set. “I embraced the challenge of capturing the energy of a claustrophobic space,” Madhvani adds.
Each of the sequences was shot according to a timeline, at the time that the event actually happened in 1986. Madhvani also kept filming as natural as possible using long takes and hand-held cameras, despite the challenge of working with a cast of 250 extras who were playing the passengers. “I don’t say action and cut,” Madhvani explains. “The word ‘action’ makes you tense, which is not necessary.”
The film’s beautiful scenes have already received praise, and owe their aesthetic sensibility to Madhvani’s background as an ad filmmaker. Neerja is his second feature film, made 14 years after his debut Let’s Talk. “Advertising teaches you what to say, how to say it, and what should the audience feel,” he says. “I want my films to become a part of a conversation and popular culture.”
A recurring theme of Neerja will be overcoming fear. “There is a certain value system that Neerja stood for, about facing your fears,” Madhvani explains. Accordingly, the Neerja team has also been running a social media campaign by inviting people to share their biggest fears. “She faced her fear and looked it in the eye,” Kapoor adds. “She is inspirational. She is my hero.”
Neerja releases on Feb. 19, 2016.
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‘Neerja’ is a biopic and a cinematic representation of the dramatic events that unfolded on September 5th, 1986 when Pan Am Flight 73 from Bombay to New York was hijacked in transit at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi by Palestinian extremists from Abu Nidal’s terrorist outfit. This is the story of NeerjaBhanot, a 22 year old part time model, who was the head purser on the flight. Neerja had escaped an abusive marriage at a very young age and as a life change, decided to become an air hostess, subsequently impressing everyone so much that they made her a purser. Throughout the horrifying situation, Neerja didn’t succumb to her fears and instead she fought her personal demons from the past and from the minute the plane was hijacked, through the terrifying 17 hours to the grueling end, she used her courage, wits and compassion to make sure that the passengers were protected, going as far as to hiding the passports of the American passengers. Through her swift thinking and brave actions, she managed to save the lives of 359 passengers and crew on board out of 379, all at the cost of her own life.
Neerja was hailed internationally as ‘the heroine of the hijack’ and posthumously became the youngest recipient of India’s highest civilian honour for bravery, the Ashoka Chakra and was bestowed the Flight Safety Foundation Heroism award by U.S.A, Tamgha –e- Insaaniyat (awarded for showing incredible human kindness) by Pakistan, Justice for Crimes Award by United States Attorney’s office for the district of Columbia, Special Courage Award by the U.S. government and the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry’s Award. This is a portrayal of Neerja’s strength, courage and sacrifice and an attempt to bring before the world this lesser known Indian hero’s story, so that she becomes an example and inspiration to young girls all over for generations to come. We salute NeerjaBhanot!
‘Neerja’ is produced by Fox Star Studios and co-produced by Bling Unplugged and has been directed by the celebrated ad film director Ram Madhvani. Sonam Kapoor is playing the role of the young brave heart and adding to the cast is veteran and internationally renowned actress, ShabanaAzmi, playing the role of Neerja’s mother.