The Reason Sonam Kapoor Chose To Do The Neerja Bhanot Biopic Is SO Touching!

Aayushi Bhargava , 08 Jun 2015
Sonam Kapoor and Neerja Bhanot
Sonam Kapoor and Neerja Bhanot

Sonam Kapoor has been shooting for two movies right now – Prem Ratan Dhan Payo with Salman Khan and Neerja Bhanot‘s biopic. The first look of the biopic has already come out and Sonam looks like the perfect pick for the movie.

In a recent exclusive interview with Bollywood Life, she was asked about the Bhanot story and her personal struggle while doing the role. The actress revealed that when she first heard the story, she was shocked and couldn’t believe it was real. Sonam mentioned that the first thing Neerja did was press a panic button to alert the pilots that an attack was happening, and thus helped prevent an attack like 9/11 from happening. Since she kept the pilots aware, the plane take off from the Karachi tarmac. She also added:

She was brutalised by some of the hijackers on the plane, but she held it together. She was in an abusive marriage for six months so when she was on that plane she told one of her colleagues, ‘I know how to stand up to bullies’ because she was bullied in her marriage. Her mother told me that she never brought up Neerja to be a soldier. I feel very bad for the family but I knew that this unreal sounding real-life story had to be told. It is the most insane story ever and every time I talk about it, I get goosebumps. There is something that comes over me when I am shooting. We have to memorise 16 hours worth of lines, I NEVER forget a line. Nobody on the set forgets anything; it’s like everybody is on auto-pilot.

Her story is so gripping! Now we know why Sonam chose to do a film like this one and we can’t wait to see how this will turn out. What about you guys?

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