Neerja Bhanot’s family sues makers of Sonam Kapoor-starrer biopic

The family of late airhostess Neerja-bhanot/' title='Neerja Bhanot' class='article_display_tag' data-id='neerja-bhanot' id='article_tag_data_neerja-bhanot' style='display: inline-block;'>Neerja Bhanot, on whose life Sonam Kapoor-starrer biopic ‘Neerja’ was made, are mulling legal action against its producers for or not honouring their commitment to share 10 per cent of the film’s profits with the Neerja Bhanot Trust and the family.

Neerja Bhanot's brother Aneesh Bhanot told IANS, "I will not comment on this issue at this stage. All I can tell you is that we will not tolerate injustice." He refused to divulge any further details about the case saying that the family lawyer will be able to provide the exact status.

The agency report citing sources stated that the Bhanot family is moving the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard and a legal notice has already been served on the makers of 'Neerja'.

Ram Madhvani-directed 2016 film ‘Neerja’ was critically acclaimed and was commercially successful earning an estimated amount of Rs 125 crore worldwide, besides bagging the National Award for Best Hindi Feature Film, among several other awards. Sonam Kapoor, who played the role of Neerja Bhanot, also got a special mention by the jury at the 64th National Film Awards in April this year.

The movie was co-produced by renowned fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar along with Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged.

‘Neerja’ is based on the life of 23-year-old Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant with Pan Am airlines, who sacrificed her life to save the 300-odd passengers on board the New York bound Pan Am flight 73 from terrorists who hijacked it on September 5, 1986 at Karachi airport in Pakistan. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra Award, India's most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time. Pakistan also bestowed the prestigious Tamgha-e-Insaaniyat Award to her for showing incredible human kindness during the hijack. She also posthumously received multiple awards for her courage from the United States government.