Neejra: Most Interesting Facts about the film



In January 2015, it was reported that Sonam Kapoor had been selected to play the role of Neerja Bhanot the senior flight crew member, who became the youngest recipient of the bravery award, Ashok Chakra in her biopic. It was also reported that the biopic has been tentatively titled Neerja and will be directed by ad filmmaker Ram Madhvani and that Sonam Kapoor would start shooting for the film once she wrapped up the promotions of Dolly Ki Doli and completes the schedule of Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

Shabana Azmi was reported to play a very crucial role in the film alongside Sonam.
It was later revealed that Azmi would play Neerja’s mother.

Shekhar Ravjiani, one half of the Bollywood’s famous music directing duo Vishal–Shekhar consisting of Shekhar himself and Vishal Dadlani, was the last main character to be cast and it was reported in May 2015 that the musician will be making his acting debut playing Neerja Bhanot’s lover in the film. It was reported that though it won’t be a lengthy role, it will be a pivotal one for the film.




1. The film is based on true events that occurred in 1986 when a Pan Am flight was hijacked by some members of Abu Nidal organisation in Karachi, Pakistan.

2. Sonam Kapoor was the first choice for the film.

3. The film marks fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar’s debut as a film producer.

4. The cast and crew of the film took Rama Bhanot’s (Neerja’s mother) blessings before beginning with the shoot.

5. The aircraft on which the film was shot was built from inside by Aparna Sood who is the production designer for the film. It was built for the team, keeping in mind the reality of the situation. The bathrooms were functional, the taps had hot and cold water and the intercom also worked.