Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who essayed the role of the twenty-three-year-old brave heart, Neerja Bhanot on the silver screen in the 2016 biopic, has shared a warm post on social media as the film completes four years since its release. The film highlighted the life and the incident that took the young flight attendant’s life, who suffered the terrorists’ bullets while trying to save passengers from a hijacked plane and passed away on September 5, 1986.
Sonam took to social media and shared a series of pictures with her fans. From sharing her look from the film, Neerja, to sharing a photo of real-life Neerja Bhanot and then one with Neerja’s mother. Another picture which Sonam shared is a text that reads, ‘Neerja Bhanot has become an inspiration to one and all since the dramatic events of the Pan Am Flight 73 – Bombay to New York unfolded in 1986. She died shielding three children from a hail of gunfire. Her bravery will forever be a lasting tribute to the finest qualities of the human spirit.’
Along with the picture, Sonam wrote, “Portraying a young girl from Bombay who saved the lives of the 359 passengers on-board Pan AM Flight 73 was not only challenging but also a great honour. As the movie completes its 4th anniversary, I would want people to recall how fear gave courage to the young Neerja Bhanot. She was the true icon of bravery, strength and sacrifice for our country. She continues to be an inspiration to everyone. #4YearsOfNeerja @atulkasbekar #ShabanaAzmi #RamMadhvani @jimsarbhforreal @shekharravjiani #Saiwyn #BlingGlobal @foxstarhindi @sayunkytha.” (sic)
Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani, was based on the real-life story of flight attendant Neerja Bhanot who saved the lives of 359 passengers on board the Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked in Pakistan. Braveheart Neerja Bhanot gave up her life two days before she would have turned 23, to save a large group of American children during a terrorist hijack of the Pan-Am flight at Karachi international airport in Pakistan on September 5, 1986.