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MUMBAI: While the audiences are liking Sonam Kapoor’s portrayal of braveheart Pan Am flight attendant Neerja Bhanot in the biopic Neerja, one of Neerja’s crew colleagues who was present on the hijacked plane has criticised the film for `undeserved adulation’ for Neerja.
Pan Am flight 72 from Mumbai to New York via Karachi was hijacked by four Palestinians at Karachi airport on Sept 5, 1986. Neerja Bhanot, who was one of the flight attendants, was shot dead by terrorists while trying save the passengers. Twenty out of 360 passengers were also killed by the hijackers.
Nupoor Abrol, who was part of the flight crew of Pan Am flight 72, posted her comments on Facebook, saying, “Yes, truly a very difficult moment. But also a difficult moment for all those flight attendants to accept the movie for what it is unfairly propagating. Neerja was a wonderful person and I think even her soul today would cringe at taking this undeserved adulation. Not fair to the FA’s who have in reality faced their ordeal!”
Nupoor further said, “Oh no! I was incidental in that plot. It was Astrid, Sherene, Sunshine and off course Massey who were the real heroes of the day. I am glad today I can show my gratitude to them.’’
Neerja Bhanot was born in Chandigarh on Sept 7, 1962. Her father Harish Bhanot was a journalist with Hindustan Times and her mother Rama Bhanot was a housewife. She had her schooling at Sacred Heart School in Chandigarh.
Neerja was given India’s highest peace-time award of Ashok Chakra.