Mumbai: Sonam Kapoor, who plays braveheart flight attendant Neerja Bhanot in Ram Madhvani’s film, wants…
There are times when you watch a trailer and can feel the pain, the angst of the character right-away. Neerja fits into that bracket. Firstly, I must admit that although it’s really shameful, I didn’t have a clue about who Neerja Bhanot was until I heard a film was being made on her inspirational life. Now, Neerja’s life is not just inspirational. It’s aspirational too. A simple, ordinary girl from the by-lanes of Mumbai became the true embodiment of courage when she saved so many lives from being killed and tortured.
At a time when Bhanot could have saved her own life and jumped out of the plane, she stuck around only to be shot while protecting three kids. Sonam’s all set to step into her shoes and the actress is super-confident about the film. So are we. People still consider Ranjhanaa her best work till date. Will Neerja topple that? We have high hopes pinned from this one.
Neerja’s certainly going to be a game changer for Sonam and for a lot of other people in more ways than one. After having experimented with different kinds of films, this will be Sonam’s first biopic in the truest sense. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag had her playing Biro but that was just a miniscule cameo we’re talking about. Here, Sonam is shouldering an entire film on her own and the power-puff girl is on her way to hit a home-run.
Sharing screen space with stalwarts like Shabana Azmi made her a little worried. But in a good way. Sonam says, “Shabana aunty is the person who’s responsible for me to get into films. When I decided I want to act, my dad called her up and he asked her to speak to me. After a conversation, she told my dad that I should definitely be an actress.
Like I said, I didn’t know about Neerja. Now, I know her and I can also sense what she must have gone through in those 16 hours of her life. Am sure most of you didn’t know about her as well but will be ashamed to admit that in public. So go out and watch the film. After all, Neerja is not just a film that I want to watch. It is a film that needs to be watched. To commemorate and salute the courage, the bravado of the youngest woman to have received the Ashok Chakra. After all, that’s a bigger feat than crossing the Rs 100 or 200 crore mark for sure!