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Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • The violence in Neerja is more brief and brutal than bloody and gory. Blood is occasionally seen briefly.
  • As this is a hijack drama, expect some moderate violence. Some children might find the build-up before the actual violence quite disturbing.
  • It is later shown that 359 out of the 379 people on the aircraft survived.


  • None.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The terrorists are seen smoking in a few scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Based on a real plane-hijacking incident that took place in Karachi, Pakistan in 1986, thi film centers on the head purser and lead flight attendant on board the Pan-Am flight when it was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists before its take-off from the Karachi airport. The film follows her through the harrowing experience and depicts her heroism in trying to save the lives of the passengers.
  • The film depicts the terrorists hijacking of the plane, their abrasive treatment of the hostages, and the panic and terror that ensues when the terrorists start shooting the passengers. While there are fatal shots, most of these are implied and depicted off-screen.
  • Overall, while there are no detailed depictions of violence, there is a sustained sense of threat that exists throughout the film.
  • Once the hijack sequence begins, the next one and a half hours are extremely intense, both in terms of the feeling of fear among the passengers, and the emotional suffering of Neerja's family, trying to know what is happening on board the aircraft. 379 people on board are under extreme peril throughout.
  • One of the terrorists has a violent temper, and it appears as if on many occassions, he might kill anybody just for the heck of it. The other terrorists seem more cautious and in control.
  • One passenger is executed with a shot at the back of his head. His old mother is shown breaking down and weeping. It is extremely sorrowful.
  • During the shooting spree in the end, a pregnant woman is shown dead, and her husband weeping with his face buried in her belly. The shot is brief, but is extremely sad.
  • Young children might find the intensity of the movie difficult to handle, especially due to the presence of three children on the aircraft whose lives are in peril, and the fact that this is a true story.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is shot point-blank and he drops off the door of the aircraft. The actual shot is not shown, however the buildup to the shot is quite intense, and you see his blood splashed on the face of the protagonist. The body of the victim is then shown from the top, with some blood on his head.
  • Another man is later shot dead from a close range. There is blood on the windscreen of the aircraft.
  • Towards the end of the hijacking drama, the violence suddenly shoots up. The terrorists believe the Army is storming the aircraft and the go on a shooting spree, randomly killing any passenger in their way. The intense screenplay and camerawork makes it quite disturbing. This sequence continues for about five minutes. During this sequence, we briefly see spurts of blood and people collapsing.
  • Neerja is shot dead while shielding three children from the terrorist's bullets.
  • A hand grenade explodes just as the Army enters the plane. It is presumed that the leader of the raiding team would have died.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Being angry that a radio engineer on the aircraft lied to him, the terrorists thrash him badly. He is thrown on the ground and stamped on his head.
  • The last fifteen minutes are likely to move the audience to tears, with Neerja's death, her family's grief, her mother's speech at a memorial function one year later. There is also a message from Neerja, passed on by one of the children she died saving. It is a popular quote from a Rajesh Khanna movie, and its relevance would make one cry.

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