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Neerja: The Story To Be Told
Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravjiani
Director: Ram Madhwani
Duration: 2 hours 1 minute
Neerja Bhanot’s acts of valour inspired director Madhwani to portray her deeds of unsung heroism on screen. Saiwyn Quadras' smart and engaging screenplay, Mitesh Mirchandani's oustanding cinematography and the story of Neerja’s troubled past juxtaposed with the drama is wrapped well.
Neerja is an air hostess of Pan AM flight 73. It is a New York bound flight which travels via Karachi. The tragic incident of 1986 where the 23 years old brave heart sacrificed her life in order to save 300 on board is put up with immense dedication. In Karachi international airport, their flight is being hijacked by a group of terrorists. Ram, with an honest approach narrated the story of the young lady’s presence of mind in a critical situation. The hijacking drama is well handled by Sonam Kapoor who is enacting the role of Neerja. Unlike her other films, here she herself tried to pull the story on her own and did some justice to her character. Shabana Azmi’s performance can never be questioned. She knows her part well; who is a superstitious mother, proud of her daughter but like any other mother, wants her to be safe. ‘Neerja’ is a must watch, and her story is such that it deserves to be celebrated.
Average Combined Ratings of All Critics: 4/5
NDTV : 4/5
She loves her calling so much that even when she is put to the sternest test, she sticks to its spirit, taking over the stewardship of the cabin in her capacity as head purser when armed terrorists barge into the plane at Karachi airport. It is only Neerja’s first flight as head purser, but she leads by example, alerting the pilots in the nick of time and thereby helping them get off the plane through an overhead cockpit hatch. Read More...
The biggest positive I can say about the film, and I would want to say right at the start itself, the film never lets down the spirit of Neerja Bhanot. While Bollywood biopics have the tendency to put masala in stories of real life personalities, Neerja thankfully avoids that! If Neerja was a hero in real life, Ram Madhvani is the real hero of the film. It is to his credit that he has made such a compelling drama that will keep you on the edge of your seats. The entire hijacking situation is so brilliantly shot that you feel that you are a part of the life threatening drama. Read More...
Sonam Kapoor has delivered the performance of a lifetime. The fact that Sonam has displayed astounding courage in real life at many an occasion by speaking about contentious subjects of national importance without bothering about the hate coming her way, she carries a certain credibility in this context that is very believable. What's laudable is her precision. She never overdoes. Most importantly she internalizes the courageous spirit of Neerja who had a sound head during inhuman circumstances. Read More...
Masala : 4/5
Speaking of edgy, I sat on the edge of my seat with my teeth coming handy as a nailcutter as the terrorists hijack the plane. Ram Madhavani directs it so well that it creates the required tension. The performances by the men who play hijackers is so convincing that you feel someone kicked you in the stomach when they beat around the passengers in the plane. Especially the guy who plays the hot-headed Khalil evokes fear with his eyes and reminds you of the Mahat M Ali who played the hijacker in Captain Phillips. Read More...
Koimoi : 3.5/5
Neerja Bhanot (Sonam Kapoor) is introduced to us as a huge Rajesh Khanna fan. She is an independent girl who juggles two careers of being an air hostess and a model with immense dedication. With a supportive family, who are proud of her, Neerja’s life is near perfect until her destiny takes a detour. On her first flight as the head purser, Neerja is faced with an untoward event. Flight Pan AM 73 which is a New York bound flight via Karachi is hijacked at Karachi international airport. Read More... ()