[16] After two months of filming, the shooting was wrapped up on 19 June 2015. Saiwyn Quadras and Sanyuktha Chawla worked on the script, with principal photography taking place in Mumbai. "[44] Sarita Tanwar from Daily News and Analysis gave 4 out of 5 stars, writing, "Neerja is quite easily the finest film in recent times (on par with Talvar) based on a true story. Neerja is an Indian movie with English subtitles, and because the movie is so emotionally riveting, I didn't find the subtitles to be distracting at all. gave it 4 out of 5 stars, stating, "Neerja deserves loud applause because not only is it an exceptional story of courage but because it is an ode to the undying spirit of humanity" and called Kapoor as "the star of the film". Pre-production work on Neerja began in September 2014, when the film's executive producer Atul Kasbekar said that his company, Bling Unplugged, would co-produce Ram Madhvani's film along with Fox Star Studios. [38], Upon release, the film, as well as Kapoor's performance, received praise from film critics around the world. The movie quickly gets to the point, while Neerja is getting ready to board the early flight from Mumbai to New York with a halt at Karachi, the terrorists gear up for the hijack of the plane. #BigStory: Should B'wood remake old classics? "[8], The film's script and screenplay were penned by Saiwyn Quadras, and the dialogue was written by Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh. The actor is celebrating his birthday today and his fans, friends and family members have flooded social media with warm wishes. She keeps sharing updates from the sets and entertains her fans on Instagram. [32][33], Neerja was banned in Pakistan since the film shows Pakistan in a negative light. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. Copyright © 2021 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved |, Delhi Times, Aurangabad Times, Maharashtra Times, You are now subscribed to the entertainment Newsletter. Choosing to let the passengers escape first, Neerja is shot three times by a terrorist as she tries to shield three young children from the gunfire. While negotiations with the Pakistani air controllers drag on, the negotiators slowly lose control of the situation, with the hijackers becoming more agitated by the minute. Katrina's mesmerising pictures with sister Isabelle, 'Master': Unmissable celebrations moments, Stars who married their childhood sweethearts, Sayantani Ghosh's quirky saree styles are oh-so-gorgeous. The story as Wikipedia or news archives will tell you involves Neerja Bhanot acting courageously under duress from four terrorists who've hijacked a plane travelling from Bombay to New York. Neerja Story: The film is based on the life of Neerja Bhanot who was shot dead by terrorists who hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi on 5 September 1986. [34], The film was declared tax-free by Government of Maharashtra and the Government of Madhya Pradesh. "[31] The film emerged as one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films featuring a female protagonist. ETimes is an Entertainment, TV & Lifestyle industry's promotional website and carries advertorials and native advertising. Plot Summary The film is based on the life of air hostess Neerja Bhanot who was shot dead by terrorists who hijacked Pan Am Flight in Karachi on 5 September 1986. The actor plays a journalist in the film… He said, "For us [...], a story of courage as exceptional as Neerja's simply deserved to be told. Producer Kasbekar, replied on Twitter, "Big thank you to MP Poonam Mahajan and the Hon CM Devendra Fadnavis in declaring Neerja tax free in Maharashtra. 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"[50] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express also gave the film 3 stars out of 5, writing that "Minus the songs and the excessive schmaltz, Neerja could have been outstanding. [3], On Monday, the film netted around ₹37 million (US$520,000), with only around a 20% drop in revenue compared to first day. She has been sharing jaw-dropping pictures from the film and that has left her fans quite excited. She was shot … Neerja doesn't exactly set the world ablaze, but it is a solid little movie that I'm glad I got the chance to see. Prior to that day, I had never heard of Neerja Bhanot, but I watched her bravery unfold before me within the span of a 2-hour movie. Well U Really Really Should...". "[42] Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said, "As a movie watching experience, Neerja is flawless. The terrorists try to locate a radio engineer among the passengers by ordering Neerja to make an announcement over the intercom. Neerja Plot. At the 62nd Filmfare Awards, Neerja won six awards, including Best Film (Critics), Best Actress (Critics) (Kapoor), and Best Supporting Actress (Azmi). As well as, her life and heroism inspired a biography movie called Neerja in 2016. By the end of its 38-day run, the film had grossed an estimated ₹1.08 billion (US$15 million) domestically and ₹259 million (US$3.6 million) internationally, for an approximate worldwide total of ₹1.35 billion (US$19 million). [3], Neerja opened strong, collecting ₹1.56 million (US$22,000) in foreign theatres. But still, the film holds, and hold us with it. Neerja Bhanot was a 22 year old Indian Flight attendant who gave up her life while saving the lives of the passengers onboard the Pan Am flight 73. Director is the real hero of this movie. No? Story: In September 1986, Neerja Bhanot(Sonam) saves the lives of 359 passengers on a hijacked Pan Am plane from Mumbai to New York via Karachi. Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. "[43] Writing for Hindustan Times, Anupama Chopra awarded 4 out of 5 stars, saying that "Neerja is a truly inspiring story that will grip you from the first frame till the last. "I knew that getting Aamir Khan, Boman Irani, Vidya Balan, Raju Hirani and Anil Kapoor to speak to the 220 cast would help instill dedication and effort that this film would require," director Madhvani said in a statement. "[20], The film's soundtrack is composed by Vishal Khurana with lyrics written by Prasoon Joshi. [35], The Finance Minister, Jayant Kumar Malaiya, said, "The movies Neerja and Jai Gangaajal will be free from entertainment tax in Madhya Pradesh on account of International Women's Day which was celebrated yesterday." Neerja insists on keeping her job. [48] The Economic Times also gave a 4 out of 5 star rating: "Neerja is a must-see, not just for its cinematic value, but also as a reminder to salute Neerja's spirit. The plot is based on a real-life event: Libyan-backed Abu Nidal Organization's hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986. Neerja Bollywood Movie: Check out the latest news about Sonam Kapoor's Neerja movie, story, cast & crew, release date, photos, review, box office collections and much more only on FilmiBeat The film features Sonam Kapoor as the title character, with Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku and Shekhar Ravjiani in supporting roles. [40] Shubha Shetty-Saha of Mid Day gave the film 4.5 out of 5 stars, calling it "a deeply moving experience", and writing for Kapoor deemed it as "her best performance till date". When an Indian American passenger reveals himself as an American, one of the terrorists murders him and throws his body off the aircraft in front of the Pakistani negotiators. One challenge faced was acquiring a real plane for shooting; director Ram Madhvani and Rucha Pathak decided to re-create the plane because a major part of the film required shooting against the plane back-drop. "[14], Principal photography of the film commenced 19 April 2015 in Mumbai. On receiving the role of Neerja in the film, Kapoor told Press Trust of India, "I thought doing this film just reaffirms that it is about not bowing down. Sidharth: No uncle or aunty recommended me, Author sends legal notice to Kangana Ranaut, Celebs welcome Covid-19 vaccination programme, Katrina and Isabelle Kaif's mesmerising pics, Watch: Alia's fun BTS clip from a photoshoot. Neerja (Sonam Kapoor) is a young, lively girl who is a big Rajesh Khanna Fan.She is an air hostess by profession and also does modelling. Neerja was released on 19 February 2016 to critical acclaim, and became one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films featuring a female protagonist. You can change your city from here. "[45] Raja Sen from Rediff.com gave 4 out of 5 stars as well and called it "an absolute must-watch," adding that "Sonam Kapoor is exceptional as Neerja Bhanot. The Hostel can accommodate over 350 girls. Huseini Barodawala, the head of Tata Elxsi, said that "It has been our constant endeavor to leverage our VFX expertise to transform the director's vision onto the big screen and offer larger-than-life experiences to all our viewers. [53] Sonali Kokra of The National praised the film: "Neerja is a great story told well. Malaika Arora, who welcomed the year 2021 with her beau Arjun Kapoor in Goa, was seen stepping out for a morning walk with her pet dog Casper earlier today. Meanwhile, Neerja who had her birthday 2 days later had an envelope and when she has kept away from other passengers, opens that envelope given to her by Jaideep, her friend, which was his love confession and a cookie, Neerja reads that and ate that cookie which symbolizes her acceptance of his love, but on a little sad note Jaideep never gets to know that she has accepted his love. Sonam Kapoor in a still from ‘Neerja’ Film review: Neerja 2 min read. He added that the songs "Aankhein Milayenge Darr Se" and "Gehra Ishq" would make the most impression. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) maintained that the film should not be considered "banned" in Pakistan because it was not submitted to them. Neerja quickly alerts the cockpit, without the terrorists knowing, and the three American pilots escape through the overhead hatch, fleeing to the terminal under fire from the hijackers. [39] On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100%, based on 9 reviews with an average rating of 8/10. "[26], The film was released worldwide, in approximately 671 theatres, on 19 February 2016. "[23] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama said that "the songs of the film heard are strictly functional and won't really be into play once the film is through." Neerja (Neerja Story) Cast & Crew – Check out Hindi Movie Neerja cast and crew details, star cast information. This is not just about the woman's grit because she is a woman. Neerja is a portrayal on the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. #BigStory: Should Bollywood remake old classics and blockbusters? A tense, emotional tribute to the real-life heroics of Neerja Bhanot Author of ‘Didda-Kashmir Ki Yodha Rani’ sends a legal notice to Kangana Ranaut; demands a reply within 72 hours. This is the story of Neerja Bhanot, a 22 year old part time model, who was the chief flight attendant on a flight that was hijacked by Palestinian extremists. "[49] Rajeev Masand of CNN-News18 gave a 3.5 out of 5 rating and said, "Neerja is "a well-intentioned, heartfelt film that pays tribute to a real hero. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization in Karachi. I am blessed. Sonam Kapoor plays the title role in this film that traces the journey of a 23-year-old flight attendant who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers. Actress Taapsee Pannu is an avid social media user. Shabana Azmi plays the role of Neerja's mother. The film grossed ₹135.52 crore (US$19 million) at the box office. Despite Neerja and the other attendants' attempts to explain, the terrorists assume the Pakistanis cut the power deliberately, and anticipate an imminent Pakistani raid on the plane. The film ends with a tribute to Neerja, who was eventually honoured posthumously with the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest military decoration awarded for peacetime valor, courageous action or self-sacrifice. Please Click Here to subscribe other newsletters that may interest you, and you'll always find stories you want to read in your inbox. [19], The film's visual effects (VFX) were by Tata Elxsi. Kasbekar later tweeted, "Do U Know Who Neerja Bhanot Is? Not only did it create the box office by storm but also made it big at many award organizations. The Pakistani negotiators inadvertently reveal the name of radio engineer Ali, whom the hijackers bring to the cockpit to use the radio for negotiations. It was produced by Atul Kasbekar's company, Bling Unplugged, alongside Fox Star Studios. Pan Am survivor reveals the TRUE story of Neerja Bhanot's final flight! 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The movie has been banned in Pakistan. "[51], Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News rated the film 4 out of 5 stars; while she criticised the terrorists' lack of depth and weak points in Neerja's second half, she wrote that "the climax of the film is powerful and makes up for that blip. Mohar Basu of The Times of India gave the music a 3.5 out of 5 rating, saying that it "is beautiful, pensive, touching and all of it sans melodrama," and that it "is straight from the soul. In an interview with The Indian Express, Azmi describes her character and explains, "It was very difficult to play her, particularly the last scene where Rama addresses an audience. Meanwhile, the Pakistani authorities try to stall for time. She is driven to the airport by her friend Jaideep (Shekhar Ravjiani). Mouni Roy to marry Suraj Nambiar soon? Kangana Ranaut, Paresh Rawal, Nimrat Kaur and other B-town celebs welcome the Covid-19 vaccination programme. The terrorists have the flight attendants collect all passports to identify the American passengers and hold them hostage; Neerja and her colleagues collect the passports, disposing of any American passports by throwing them down trash chutes or hiding them under seats. The film's Wednesday, Thursday and Friday earnings were ₹31.4 million (US$440,000), ₹36 million (US$500,000), and ₹31.5 million (US$440,000), respectively. The film, Neerja is a portrayal on the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers in 1986. Neerja left Naresh and landed a job with Pan Am Airways. The … [9] The director of photography for the film was the cinematographer Mitesh Mirchandani, who had been previously associated with 2012 film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. No? Recently, I watched a biographical film about Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant who risked her life to save 359 passengers on board a hijacked plane. She eventually returned home for a modelling contract. She is often seen treating her fans with exciting updates on Instagram. [22], The soundtrack received a positive critical response. Bhanot was the senior flight purser on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73 flying from Mumbai to the USA, which was hijacked by four armed men on 5 September 1986 at Karachi airport in Pakistan. As aviation lovers when we work in the aviation field we have a huge responsibility on our hands. Dejected over not finding any American passports, the hijackers locate a British passenger and hold him hostage. [7] He said, "For us [...], a story of courage as exceptional as Neerja's simply deserved to be told. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization. While helping three children slide down the chute of the emergency exit, Neerja was hit by bullets. to get the latest news, gossip on your favourite stars & oven-fresh movie reviews from top reviewers right in your inbox. "[47], Rummana of Yahoo! Kasbekar tweeted, "Amazing! The editing for the film was done by Monisha R Baldawa and Manohar Verma served as the stunt director for the film. "[36], On its first day, the film earned about ₹47 million (US$660,000) net, much of it from Mumbai, Delhi NCR. SUBSCRIBE NOW to get the latest news, gossip on your favourite stars & oven-fresh movie reviews from top reviewers right in your inbox. When a younger terrorist assaults the passengers and molests the attendants, the terrorist leader chastises him; humiliated, the younger terrorist storms into the cockpit and shoots Ali, screaming wild threats over the radio. The plane takes off from Mumbai's Sahar International Airport and lands in Karachi, where the four Abu Nidal terrorists, disguised as security officers escorting a Libyan diplomat, hijack the plane. It directed by Ram Madhavni starring Sonam Kapoor. We just decided that we would our bit to ensure that India would remember … It is an inspiring story for me to do. Punjab University inaugurated the Neerja Bhanot Hostel on 30th May 2019, in the University Campus in Chandigarh. Exclusive! On Saturday and Sunday, Neerja had a massive jump and earned ₹50 million (US$700,000) and ₹66.5 million (US$930,000) respectively, for a total collection of ₹501 million (US$7.0 million) at the box office. It won two awards at the 64th National Film Awards including Best Feature Film in Hindi and Special Mention for Kapoor. [18], The makers of the film acknowledged the responsibility of portraying the story. Defying every norm laid down in the mainstream Bollywood rule-book, Neerja coaxes a riveting two-hour drama out of a real-life tale of extraordinary courage. It collected ₹76 million (US$1.1 million) net on Saturday and ₹97.1 million (US$1.4 million) on Sunday, with a weekend total of ₹210 million (US$2.9 million). 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The film had the highest opening weekend for a female-led film in the US and Middle East; in the UK, it had the second-highest opening weekend of 2016. Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal wedding: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif on the guest list while Karan Johar to choreograph the sangeet performances? Pre-production work on Neerja began in September 2014, when the film's executive producer Atul Kasbekar said that his company, Bling Unplugged, would co-produce Ram Madhvani's film along with Fox Star Studios. The film received a number of accolades at Bollywood award organisations, with particular praise for Kapoor's performance and Madhvani's direction. Well U Really Really Should...". The flight from Mumbai to New York with scheduled stops in Karachi & Frankfurt was hijacked with 360 passengers & 19 crew onboard while stopping in Pakistan a 17hr ordeal ensued, before the auxiliary power unit shutdown. Children escape the plane loses auxiliary power, and became one of film. 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