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Neerja

Out Of Theatre
19 Feb, 2016 2 hrs 02 mins U
Sonam Kapoor, Shekhar Ravjiani, Shabana Azmi, Jim Sarbh, Yogendra Tiku
Sonam Kapoor, Shekhar Ravjiani, Shabana Azmi, Jim Sarbh, Yogendra Tiku
Ram Madhvani
Synopsis

This one raises a toast to the daunting spirit of India’s daughters; every one of us must salute Neerja.

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Story: In September 1986, Neerja Bhanot(Sonam) saves the lives of 359 passengers on a hijacked Pan Am plane from Mumbai to New York via Karachi. That she gets caught in the crossfire is a tragedy.

Review: Neerja is the youngest daughter and the only girl in a family that has two older brothers. She is addressed as Laddo(loved one) by her parents, Rama(Shabana) and journalist-father Harish(Yogendra Tiku). Her father's life lessons to her are, `don't let anyone kill your spirit.' Quite like her screen idol, Rajesh Khanna from the movie Anand, the spirited youngster, wants to live `a badi(big) life not a long one.' Though she's bone-tired between her modelling assignments, Neerja loves to fly. One fateful day, the plane is hijacked by Libyan terrorists when it makes a halt at Karachi. The spunky stewardess warns the pilots in the cockpit about the hijack. But, she stays back to shield the passengers.

The story of this Indian beti is well-known and yet director Ram Madhvani gives us welcome aided-recall with his deft story-telling. The in-flight drama between gun-`n'-grenade toting men and a plane-load of hapless victims, leaves you angry. The film makes you weep and mourn the ongoing acts of global terrorism. Between the strife, the director also allows you a look at Neerja's troubled marriage. Yes, she has her reasons for being the brave heart she is. Having fled from a disastrous alliance to a male chauvinist, Neerja has promised herself that if ever life gives her another opportunity, she will look adversity in the eye. But darn it, 23 is still no age to die.

Sonam's Neerja quietly seals a place in your heart. There are no theatrics; she's dignified, strong and real. Shabana as the bereaved mother makes her grief yours, her daughter's glory also yours. Yogendra Tiku lends able support and Khalil(theatre actor, Jim Sarbh) as the maniacal terrorist is terrific.

This one raises a toast to the daunting spirit of India's daughters; every one of us must salute Neerja.

In-depth Analysis
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
  • Direction
    4/5
  • Dialogues
    3/5
  • Story
    4/5
  • Music
    3/5
  • Visual appeal
    3.5/5
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Avg Users’ Rating 4.3/5 ( 584 users )
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Rajdeep Dutta
Awesome movie. I cried too much after watching this movie. Sonam did her excellent job. ❤
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Karthi S
VEry gud movie...Well Executed ...performed well by all...Sonam rocked....
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Praveen Kumar
Very good movie...superb performance by sonam
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