“I was under stress filming Neerja,” says Sonam Kapoor

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Actress Sonam Kapoor says she was under stress working in upcoming biopic Neerja, which is a story of a slain air hostess.

The Ram Madhvani helmed biopic is based on senior flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who saved 360 lives on a Pan Am flight that was hijacked in Karachi in 1986.

Bhanot became the youngest and first woman recipient of a prestigious Indian award, the Ashok Chakra Award, posthumously.

“It was not emotionally draining. It is important that this story is told. It is about this girl, the youngest civilian who got Ashoka Chakra. She was a normal girl…She did bit of modelling. She had the courage to save the world,” Sonam said.

The actress said she was stressed throughout the shooting in anticipation that whether she is doing justice with her role.

“I hope I have done justice to it. I was stressed throughout the film hoping I have done best job possible. I feel the reason why this film was made is to recognise
 everyone that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from.


“You have to be ordinary to do extraordinary things and everybody has that in them. You need to have courage to do things.”

The 30-year-old actress revealed that there are quite a few similarities between her and Neerja.

“My values with family, relationships, sensitivity, strong sense of ethics…I think the sense of right and wrong, young people need to see these values and have courage to do right things. This ordinary girl did extraordinary. It is not about me, director and producer but about Neerja.” she said.

Neerja is a biopic drama on the life Neerja Bhanot played by Sonam Kapoor, directed by Ram Madhvani, produced by Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged. It is the courageous story of a 23 year old girl – an air hostess – who lost her life while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5th September 1986.

Check out the official trailer of Neerja, out in UK cinemas on 19th February 2016:

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