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Neerja (2016)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Thriller | 19 February 2016 (USA)
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Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.


Ram Madhvani


Saiwyn Quadras (story and screenplay) (as Saiwyn Qadras), Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh (dialogue) (as Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla)
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Credited cast:
Sonam Kapoor ... Neerja Bhanot
Shabana Azmi ... Rama Bhanot
Yogendra Tiku Yogendra Tiku ... Harish Bhanot (as Yogendra Tikku)
Abrar Zahoor Abrar Zahoor ... Safarini
Jim Sarbh ... Khalil
Ali Baldiwala Ali Baldiwala ... Mansoor
Vikrant Singta Vikrant Singta ... Fahad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirti Adarkar Kirti Adarkar ... Passenger
Parthaa Akerkar Parthaa Akerkar ... Flight Passenger (as Parth Akerkar)
Hayder Ali Hayder Ali ... Passenger Munawar Masih
Arjun Aneja Arjun Aneja
Yugesh Anil Yugesh Anil ... Benett A
Bobby Arora Bobby Arora ... Sardar Family Friend
Rohit Assija Rohit Assija ... Mohammed Tariq
Sabreen Baker Sabreen Baker ... Nupoor Abrool passenger


Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear gave her courage.


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Hindi | English

Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$625,526, 21 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,535,234, 6 March 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The aircraft shown in the initial scenes is a more recent version of the Boeing 747 and not the one that was hijacked (Boeing 747-121). See more »


Regular home drip coffee makers are visible in the Pan Am airplane galley. In real life, commercial aircraft have special (and very expensive) coffee makers built into their galley shelves, with special safety features such as a pull-down handle to secure the pot during take-off, landing and turbulence. See more »


Neerja Bhanot: Do your duty, come what may. Never tolerate any injustice and never compromise on self-respect.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, some stills of real Neerja Bhanot appear. See more »


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Aankhein Milayenge Darr Se
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Produced by Vishal Khurana
Performed by K. Mohan and Neha Bhasin
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A rare bollywood gem! Kudos to the Director
21 February 2016 | by vishalchilzSee all my reviews

It doesn't always happen in bollywood that a movie stays right on track till the very end. Usually, the ill-fitted humor or obtruded songs take the starch out of the story line. I found that problem with airlift!

But this movie is almost free from all such distractions and the director has been very disciplined. Shabana Aazmi has stolen the show with her immaculate acting. I was quite skeptical about Sonam Kapoor's acting capabilities in a movie backed by such a strong script, but thankfully no emotional scenes have been imposed on her and her aptness has been used very smartly by the director!

'Aisa Kyun Maa' song is quite emotional and beautifully spun into the fabric of the movie.

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