Movie Review – Neerja
It’s been a great start for the films this year. With the depiction of two real life incidents on screen, content based biopics are on a high demand. The former being Airlift and now Neerja. An extraordinary story of the hero herself, Neerja and cinematic impression of the incidents that led her to lose her life amidst courage, strength and human endearment. It’s the story of a 22-year-old girl, Neerja Bhanot, a Pan Am chief purser who was gunned down by terrorists when an ill-fated flight in Karachi was hijacked in 1986. She lost her life saving a large no of passengers.
Director, Ram Madhvani skilfully illustrates the hijacking scene inside the plane. With all that hustling bustling and madness in the sequence for over 7 hours, the sequence swells the emotional touch contributing too much deeper depth of reality and required tension. Kudos to the actors for making the hijack sequence so authentic yet picturesque. The cinematic narration is engaging keeping the audience ensnared in its magic till the end. It does not lose its grip. The other departments like cinematography, production design, music etc are all up to par catapulting the movie to a greater realism.
All the characters are well crafted especially Neerja. Her epitome of poise, fearless, carefree attitude and spiritedness is something to admire of. Neerja’s fondness for the superstar, Rajesh Khanna are a delight to watch. The mother-daughter relationship has been beautifully shown in the film with so much of love and concern. The character helps to get an outpouring of emotions.
Sonam Kapoor delivers her career best performance thus far. She with very ease got into Neerja’s character. Sonam Kapoor plays her Neerja with an exceptional vulnerability and courage, in a way that is not known of her. Her looks also compel us to believe as Neerja. Another stand out performance is the actor who played Neerja’s mother, Shabana Azmi. She exquisitely emotes mother’s love for a daughter and her bonding with daughters. Shekhar Ravjiani manages to make an impression.
The film portrays the heroic substance of Neerja Bhanot amidst courage, fear and humanity. Neerja is 2016’s best film so far and also one of the best biopic made. The film brought me tears and a lump in my throat. Watch it enliven the boldness spirit within oneself like Neerja.