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Neerja (2016)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Thriller | 19 February 2016 (USA)
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Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.


Ram Madhvani


Saiwyn Quadras (story and screenplay) (as Saiwyn Qadras), Sanyukta Chawla Shaikh (dialogue) (as Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla)
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Credited cast:
Sonam Kapoor ... Neerja Bhanot
Shabana Azmi ... Rama Bhanot
Yogendra Tiku Yogendra Tiku ... Harish Bhanot (as Yogendra Tikku)
Abrar Zahoor Abrar Zahoor ... Safarini
Jim Sarbh ... Khalil
Ali Baldiwala Ali Baldiwala ... Mansoor
Vikrant Singta Vikrant Singta ... Fahad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirti Adarkar Kirti Adarkar ... Passenger
Parthaa Akerkar Parthaa Akerkar ... Flight Passenger (as Parth Akerkar)
Hayder Ali Hayder Ali ... Passenger Munawar Masih
Arjun Aneja Arjun Aneja
Yugesh Anil Yugesh Anil ... Benett A
Bobby Arora Bobby Arora ... Sardar Family Friend
Rohit Assija Rohit Assija ... Mohammed Tariq
Sabreen Baker Sabreen Baker ... Nupoor Abrool passenger


Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear gave her courage.


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Hindi | English

Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$625,526, 21 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,535,234, 6 March 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Atul Kasbekar's first film as producer. See more »


The main terrorist Safarini removes the suicide belt (with explosives tied on it) he places it on a seat's arm rest near the cockpit which is on the 2nd floor, but he takes it back from the seat on the 1st floor where all the passengers were placed and the whole high-jacking incident took place. See more »


Neerja Bhanot: Do your duty, come what may. Never tolerate any injustice and never compromise on self-respect.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, some stills of real Neerja Bhanot appear. See more »


Referenced in The Kapil Sharma Show: Shekhar & Vamps in Kapil Show (2016) See more »


Gehra Ishq
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Produced by Vishal Khurana
Performed by Shekhar Ravjiani
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Grand Salute to Neerja and her biopic!
20 February 2016 | by maulin5See all my reviews

Life has to be bigger not longer! The film, Neerja is a portrayal on the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization in Karachi. How she bravely handled the situation is what the film has been made on.

Director is the real hero of this movie. Ram Madhvani describes every part, every scene of the film very wonderfully. Along with the writers, he is not giving outside of the track and thus, this film is a gem of 2016! Shabana Azmi has done a fantabulous job in the character of Neerja's mother. Though, she has not much dialogues, but her expressions show her emotions, and they are very real that everyone was crying literally. When she gave a speech on Neerja in the end, I was not able to control my emotions. Tears were flowing continuously. She will be the winner of best supporting actress in the major award ceremony undoubtedly.

Sonam Kapoor has given career best performance. She could've been portrayed her well. But, whatever she has given is acceptable. Yogendra Tikku as Neerja's father and Shekhar as Neerja's friend are good and suitable. The man who portrayed Khalil, the angriest terrorist, has done a fantastic job. He looks like a pure terrorist. Others are good, too.

Music is given by Vishal Khurana and lyrics has been penned by Prasoon Joshi. All the songs are listenable again and again. Background score is also suitable and helps to build the terror as well as the excitement.

Connection with Rajesh Khanna, Neerja's past describing her marriage issue, her father's advises, her handling of the passengers, her smartness of not taking the U.S. citizens' passports, her calmness, her love letter written by her lover, her love towards her duty, her sacrifice - everything is just so perfect. I'm no getting over from it. This is probably one of the best films of this year.

I salute you from the bottom of my heart to Neerja Bhanot, the actual one. She has been rewarded Ashok Chakra by the government of India. Though, Airlift was a good one, but, this deserves support from the audience. This is definitely better than Airlift. Please, it's my humble request to all that go and watch out the story of the brave girl, Neerja. Her mother told that Neerja was prettier than Sonam. Yes, the photographs in the end credits give the approval to this statement. A girl, aged 23, lost her life while saving the passengers during her job. Watch it and think that where we reached till now! Massive respect!

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