The bio-pic on Neerja Bhanot entitled Neerja about the intrepid airhostess who gave up her own life while saving hundreds on board a Pan Am flight in Karachi in 1986, just got heftier.
While Sonam Kapoor was signed on to play Neerja from the very outset, Shabana Azmi has now been roped in to play Neerja's mother. The mother-daughter scenes are expected to be the highlight and the dramatic core of the film.
Shabana Azmi is a very close to Sonam's father Anil Kapoor. Says Anil, "I've always idolized her. I had played a small part in Ek Baar Kaho where Shabana was the lead actress. It was a big thing for me. And now my daughter gets to share screen space with Shabana so early in her career."