There comes a film in lifetime which touch your soul, heart and everything. Neerja is that movie. Yes, Neerja is that much good. Kudos to makers of the film who have put up this brave effort of putting story of Neerja Bhanot in celluloid and then have fully succeeded in it. Neerja is a biopic on Neerja Bhanot who was in ill fated Pan Am Flight 73 in 5th September, 1986 which was hijacked and how she rescued the lives of hostages in that flight.
Story - The movie revolves around Abu Nidal Organization's hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan on 5 September 1986. Neerja Bhanot who was a flight attendant ensured the failure of the hijacking by preventing the plane from getting off the ground by informing the pilots. She also saved the lives of 359 hostages who are confined in the plane. For her bravery, the Government of India awarded Bhanot the Ashoka Chakra Award (India's highest gallantry award for bravery in the face of the enemy during peace time), and Neerja became its youngest recipient.
Performances - Sonam Kapoor is heart and soul of 'Neerja.' She delivers her career defining performance till date and yes it is her best. She looks every bit of Neerja. Awards are coming her way soon. Shabana Azmi is simply outstanding in Neerja's Mother role. She brings tears to eyes specially in the climax part. Rest all have done excellent job to their specific roles.
Direction by Ram Madhvani is excellent. He is the Captain of the Ship and he delivers with full throttle with his debut directorial. Welcome to Bollywood Sir! You are a magician!
Special mention to screenplay and scriptwriters. You did an outstanding job. Neerja is incomplete without you.
Verdict - Neerja is a CLASSIC! Its a must watch for all movie lovers. Not only film is an Epic, but one should know about the bravery of a 23 year old Neerja Bhanot. Salute to her bravery. We are simply proud of you! Standing Ovation!
Ratings - 5 Stars. It is a flawless film!