Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Jim Sarbh, Yogendru Tikku, Shekhar Ravjiani
Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged
Best Hindi Film, 64th National Film Awards, 2016
Neerja is a biopic and a cinematic representation of the dramatic events that unfolded on September 5th, 1986 when Pan Am Flight 73 from Bombay to New York was hijacked at its transit at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, by Palestinian extremists from Abu Nidal's terrorist outfit. This is the story of Neerja Bhanot, a 22 year old part time model, who was the head purser on the flight. This is a portrayal of Neerja's strength, courage and sacrifice and an attempt to bring before the world this lesser known Indian hero's story, so that she becomes an example and inspiration to young girls all over, for generations to come.