Three weeks into the trailer being released and makers of Neerja have been flooded with scores of mails from abroad.
Two hundred-odd survivors of the 1986 hijacked Pan Am flight have expressed gratitude to the makers for coming up with a biopic on their hero, senior flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life to save theirs.
Neerja helped 359 of the total 379 people on board the illfated aircraft to escape before falling to the terrorists’ bullets.
A touching letter penned by Nicole Thomas Fredrick, daughter of one of the pilots, reads: “The film’s trailer brings out the intense emotions that were going on at that time. I remember everything that happened in those 48 hours and this stirred up a lot of feelings for me again. My father would only grant interviews as long as it was about the heroism of Neerja. Pilots were extensively trained to evacuate the aircraft for negotiating power. In 1986, terrorists didn’t know how to fly airplanes, so that was a bargaining tool to buy time. She did a lot to save the lives of Americans (specifically) and I will always remember that. I can’t wait to see the film. Hopefully, it will release where I live.”
Directed by Ram Madhvani, Neerja revisits the story of courage shown by the 23-year-old Mumbai based flight attendant who was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra for bravery — the youngest recipient to bag the honour.
Neerja that stars Sonam Kapoor, is directed by Ram Madhvani. The trailer of the film garnered immense support, love and appreciation from across audiences and the industry folks.
The film will hit theaters on 19th February 2016.