Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor along with the team of upcoming movie ‘Neerja’ have taken it upon themselves to tell the tale of Neerja Bhanot. A 23-year air hostesses, Neerja saved the lives of 360 passengers on September 5th, 1986.
Star Sonam notes that she felt a "little more responsible towards the film as it is based on a real person." As part of her prep, Sonam met Neerja's family in Chandigarh.
Sonam Kapoor speaks about an emotional moment when Neerja's mother Rama Bhanot said Sonam reminded her of her late daughter - but that the real Neerja was 'prettier.' Shabana Azmi plays the role of Rama Bhanot.
Star Sonam also says that the supporting cast, which also includes composer-actor Shekhar Ravjiani, allowed her to deliver a more nuanced performance
She added, "If they wouldn't have been this brilliant, I would've been mediocre as well."
Actress Sonam also says that the legacy of Neerja Bhanot meant that she couldn't let the family down. They did not care whether their daughter was a hero or not.
Sonam added Bhanot family just wanted her to be alive. I just couldn't have let her family down. So, I needed to be very true to the character