Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor who will next be seen in “Dolly Ki Doli,” is gearing up for something more serious and concrete. Joining the list of Farhan Aktar (“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”) and Priyanka Chopra (“Mary Kom”), Sonam might soon be seen in a biopic on the life of Neerja Bhanot.
According to the reports, the film will be directed by Ram Madhwani and written by Saiwyn Quadras of “Mary Kom” fame. Neerja Bhanot was the senior 23-year-old flight purser on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by four heavily armed terrorists after it landed at Karachi at 5 am from Mumbai on September 5, 1986.
After 17 hours of being trapped, the hijackers opened fire and set off explosives. Bhanot opened the emergency door and helped a number of passengers escape. She could have been the first to jump out when she opened the door but she decided not and was shot while shielding three children from a hail of bullets.
Bhanot was recognised internationally as "the heroine of the hijack" and is the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra Award, India's most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time.