The much anticipated first look of Sonam Kapoor in 'Neerja Bhanot' biopic has been revealed! The actress plays the title role in this film.
Neerja Bhanot was a flight attendant of PanAm who lost her life while trying to save the lives of passengers from terrorists on board, who had hijacked the flight on 5th September, 1986. Later, posthumously, she was conferred with the prestigious Ashok Chakra Award.
Sonam took to the microblogging site, Twitter to reveal the look. She posted, "Hello everyone! This is me as Neerja! in our tribute to Neerja Bhanot. This is my most special film..thank you @foxstarhindi @blinglive."
She said, "There are times in an actor’s career when a very special role in a special motion picture comes your way. The biopic of Neerja Bhanot is one such. I feel honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to essay the role of India’s youngest Ashoka Chakra awardee." Director Ram Madhvani says, "Making Neerja is an emotional journey for all of us. I couldn't have asked for a better team than Fox Star, Bling Unplugged and Equinox. And Sonam is Neerja."
Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, says, "Neerja's story is one of courage, hope and incredible self-sacrifice. Fox Star Studios is proud to be bringing her story to life. No one but Sonam could have essayed her character and a visionary director like Ram Madhvani will certainly make a film that will touch the hearts of everyone."
Rucha Pathak, Head of Creative and Development, Fox Star Studios, adds, "When we heard the script of Neerja, we immediately knew we wanted to make the film. It's the kind of content that Fox Star instinctively believes in and wants to back. Captained by Ram Madhvani, and with Sonam Kapoor and Shabana Azmi, Neerja, we believe is a cracker of a film. "
Atul Kasbekar, producer, further adds, "When we asked people if they'd heard of Neerja Bhanot, most hadn't. For us then, at Bling Unplugged, a story of courage as exceptional as Neerja's simply deserved to be told. We just decided that we would our bit to ensure that India would remember one of its great heroines."
"Bling Unplugged is very proud to be telling the story of Neerja Bhanot. With Ram Madhvani helming the project, Sonam Kapoor as Neerja and Fox Star India backing, we hope to tell a story that can inspire us all for years to come," says Shanti Sivaram Maini, producer, Bling.
Directed by Ram Madhvani and produced by Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged, the story and screenplay of 'Neerja' has been penned by Saiwyn Quadras. Sanyukta Chawla Shaikh has written the dialogues. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi plays a pivotal role in the film alongside Sonam.