Bhanot, the senior most flight attendant on board a Pan Am Mumbai-New York flight, was shot dead by terrorists, who hijacked the flight at Karachi in 1986, in her courageous bid to save the lives of passengers.
She became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra.
“I thought doing this film just reaffirms that it is about not bowing down. She (Neerja) had won the Arjuna Award for bravery and is the youngest and only female to win it. I think it’s commendable. It
is an inspiring story for me to do. I am blessed,” Sonam told a media person.
The 30-year-old star chose to do the film because she felt young girls could imbibe the virtue of courage by watching the movie.
“The reason I chose to do this film is because I feel that girls need to have a lot of courage.
“I have lot of it when I speak about certain things and when I have to stand up for myself. There were times when many people were advising me not to speak up for something that I believe was wrong,” she said.
The Khoobsurat actor said that shooting of the biopic has been completed but it is quite early to reveal much about it.
Directed by Ram Madhvani, the film also has veteran actress Shabana Azmi.
Previously, the actor drew Twitterati’s ire when she called India a ‘3rd World nation’ because of “the intolerant misogynistic close minded few”, but the actress says nothing will ever stop her from expressing her thoughts on social media.
Known for being vocal about her opinions on social media, the actress says that it is important for not only celebrities but for commoners to express what they feel is right and do what they think is correct.
“Nothing will ever stop me from expressing what I think is right or wrong and I don’t think it should stop anybody whether they are celebrity or not,” the actor told a media person
“This is the very reason I do not bow down to <g data-gr-id="37">cyber bullying</g> or even from the media who gets too harsh with people for expressing their opinion or saying something. I think <g data-gr-id="38">its</g> important to always say what you feel is right and think what you think is right. I will never stop myself from doing that,” she added.
Earlier this month, the Khoobsurat star shared her disappointment with the meat ban as imposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai.
“Our country is going to remain a 3rd world nation because of the intolerant misogynistic close minded few,” she tweeted.