Sonam Kapoor’s first look as flight attendant in biopic
ox Star Studios released the first look, a comic book version, of Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor as late Neerja Bhanot, in a biopic based on Bhanot, reported India Today.
The film titled Neerja, to be directed by filmmaker Ram Madhvani, is based on the real life story of flight attendant Neerja Bhanot who lost her life while saving lives of passengers on Pan Am flight.
Neerja Bhanot was a 23-year-old senior flight attendant on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by four heavily armed terrorists after it landed at Karachi at 5 am from Mumbai on September 5, 1986.
After 17 hours of being trapped, the hijackers opened fire and set off explosives. Bhanot opened the emergency door and helped a number of passengers escape but was shot while shielding three children from a hail of bullets.
Bhanot was recognised internationally as “the heroine of the hijack” and is the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra Award, India’s most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time.