The bio-pic on Neerja Bhanot entitled Neerja about the intrepid airhostess who gave up her own life while saving hundreds on board a Pan Am flight in Karachi in 1986, just got heftier.
While Sonam Kapoor was signed on to play Neerja from the very outset, Shabana Azmi has now been roped in to play Neerja’s mother. The mother-daughter scenes are expected to be the highlight and the dramatic core of the film.
Interestingly in 2014, Shabana Azmi while giving the 2013 Neerja Bhanot Award to Rashmi Anand, a victim of domestic abuse had said, “What would Neerja have been thinking of when she opened the door of the plane and, in spite of the bullets flying all round her and hand grenades exploding, she decided not to jump out and run away but instead do her duty and help the passengers escape?”
Shabana Azmi is a very close to Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor. Says Anil, “I’ve always idolized her. I had played a small part in Ek Baar Kaho where Shabana was the lead actress. It was a big thing for me. And now my daughter gets to share screen space with Shabana so early in her career.”