Neerja Bhanot’s brothers happy with ‘Neerja’

Mumbai: The brothers of Neerja Bhanot — the flight attendant who sacrificed her life while saving passengers from terrorists on board a hijacked flight in 1986 — are said to be happy with the way “Neerja”, the forthcoming Bollywood biopic on their sister, has turned out.

Her brothers, Akhil and Aneesh, had even proudly presented the film’s trailer at an event in Mumbai. And they were also happy upon being shown some glimpses from the film, which stars Sonam Kapoor as Neerja Bhanot.

“The makers of ‘Neerja’ showed Akhil and Aneesh Bhanot glimpses of the film. The brothers were very happy with the end result and were of the opinion that all incidents have been portrayed in a realistic manner,” said a source associated with the makers of the movie.

“Neerja” tells their sister’s heroic tale of saving 359 passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 in September 1986.

During the pre-production phase of the film, the makers had received consent from Neerja’s family to proceed with the film. However, a condition was laid to honour her spirit.

Directed by Ram Madhvani and produced by Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged, “Neerja” will release on February 19.