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Contrary to popular belief that the story of Neerja Bhanot’s bravery was forgotten till it was made into a film by Ram Madhvani, the 23-year-old flight attendant’s story was immortalised years ago in a television series called Heroes.
The story of Neerja was aired in an Independence Day episode some years ago. And before Sonam Kapoor, there was another actress who essayed the same role, albeit without so much media coverage or publicity.
The actress who played Neerja’s role was reality television star Karishma Tanna, reported an article in Miss Malini.
Tanna is now more popular for her appearances in reality television and her relationship with actor and model Upen Patel, who proposed to her in the middle of an ongoing reality dance competition.
Listen to Neerja Bhanot’s last flight announcement
Real hero: The Neerja story
A 23-year-old girl from Mumbai became the youngest ever recipient of the Ashoka Chakra for bravery when she lost her life saving hundreds of passengers on board the hijacked Panam Flight 73 in Karachi in 1986. Thirty years later, the story of airhostess Neerja Bhanot and her incredible courage remains an inspiring lesson, and one that has spawned a new Bollywood film starring Sonam Kapoor.IBN Live
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