Neerja (2016)

Hindi Biography
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Total Reviews: 81
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Review Summary: Neerja is a well-made, well acted, heartfelt tribute to the namesake's bravery. A rare genuine tribute to a real life hero!

Average Critic Rating: (3.74)
Cast: Sonam Kapoor , Shekhar Ravjiani , Shabana Azmi
Director: Ram Madhvani
Release Date: 19 Feb 2016
Est. Budget: 25.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 68.0 CR

Plot: Neerja is an upcoming 2016 Indian biographical film directed by Ram Madhvani starring Sonam Kapoor in titular role and Shabana Azmi and Shekhar Ravjiani in supporting roles. The film was produced by Atul Kasbekar under the banner of Fox Star Studios. The film revolves around the factual hijacking of Pan Read more

Neerja - Top Reviews

Sonam Kapoor is exceptional as Neerja Bhanot
Raja Sen, Rediff
So on an overall basis, ‘Neerja’ is one of India’s finest hijack based film presented in total thrilling and emotional manner. The heroic sacrifice of this young girl redefines the word hero and in her case this hero(ine)ic chapter is definitely worth a compulsory watch.
Divya Solgama, Cine Markets
It does not go overboard on attacking the lachrymal glands. But when it does, it is bang on.
The subject, the performances, and Madhvani’s restrained direction are strong enough to ensure that few will leave theatres dry-eyed. Eat your heart out, Karan Johar — this is how it’s done.
Suprateek Chatterjee, Huffington Post
Director Ram Madhvani has given the slain Indian airhostess a befitting Bollywood tribute
Sneha May Francis, Emirates 24X7
A well-intentioned, heartfelt film that pays tribute to a real hero
Rajeev Masand, IBN Live
As gripping as it is poignant!
Sonia Chopra, Sify
'Neerja', won't steal your heart or make you hate terrorists, it takes an emotional and mature stance about its subject
Rachit Gupta, Filmfare
Neerja movie review: Sonam Kapoor makes us believe she is, was, Neerja
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Sonam Kapoor plays Neerja like she cares and that is all the role needs
Sukanya Verma, REDIFF
Even as I am writing this review, I still have a lump in my throat. Such is the power of humanity, kindness and good cinema
Don’t forget to carry a handkerchief; you’re going to need one
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand
This one is a genuine weeper
Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times

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Neerja - All Reviews

A story well worth telling, this is Sonam Kapoor's best performance to date
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‘Neerja’ is an Absolute Winner
Stutee Ghosh, The Quint
The flaws are few and the high points are many. “Neerja” is the best film we’ve seen this year.
Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters India
Sonam Kapoor shines in this fearless portrayal of a 'hero' lesser known
Pallavi Patra, Zee News
Do yourself a favour — watch this masterpiece on the big screen
Tanuj Garg, Tribune
Go for it if you are in the mood for a good cry
A gripping tale of exceptional courage
Rakesh Jha, India TV News
This one raises a toast to the daunting spirit of India's daughters; every one of us must salute Neerja
Meena Iyer, Times of India
Overall, Neerja is bound to engage you emotionally owing to the nature of its subject and its adept treatment.
Great Andhra
Overall, Neerja is bound to engage you emotionally owing to the nature of its subject and its adept treatment.
A short, terse album that consists of compositions that befit the narrative and are yet likeable
Rafat, Glam Sham
Composer Vishal Khurana delivers two winning tunes in what can be called his first mainstream project
Vipin, Music Aloud
We know Neerja Bhanot’s story, but are curious nevertheless to see how it unfolds on the silver screen.
This happened in 1986, the pre-internet era, when the news was gleaned via newspapers and emails had yet to replace the handwritten letter
Amodini, Planet Bollywood
On the whole, not everyday do we come across a film like Neerja. The narration, performances, emotions and overall thrilling moments makes this film a must and should watch for every one.
Neha Prashar Gupta, Bollywood3
A compelling watch this movie brings to you the true meaning of courage.
Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini
I walked out with moist eyes and a lump in my throat, and that’s saying a lot.
Lokesh Dharmani, Masala
In the end, ‘Neerja’ has turned out to be one of the most touching films from Bollywood in recent times. Don’t forget to take your handkerchiefs along – this one is a real tear-jerker
Do yourself a favour and don't miss this inspiring tale of courage, strength and selflessness – it's a film that massively raises the bar for the rest of the year
Jay Mamtora, Bolly Brit
यादगार बायोपिक है 'नीरजा
Narendra Saini, Aaj Tak
good casting and tight plot makes this a good watch
Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini
Must Watch! Teach every girl to be as brave as any other guy!
Desi Spy
Sonam Kapoor’s film on the brave heart air hostess is thrilling so far!
Since 'Neerja', doesn't quite rely on music, the songs heard here are strictly functional
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama
If you've never sampled the mainstream output of the world's biggest movie industry, this is an excellent place to start
Peter Calder, NZ Herald
A Soaring Tribute To A Real-Life Hero
Udita Jhunjhunwala, Business of Cinema
This movie will move you and make your heart go for brave Neerja. The film has many intense and emotional moments.
Fit N Hit
Director Ram Madhvani spins an engaging film about extraordinary bravery and honour
‘Neerja’ is a tender salute to a 23-year-old woman’s valour
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
The actor Sonam Kapoor has arrived. She might not be top notch yet but just like Neerja, she will give every role a tough fight!
Pink Villa
To focus more on the emotional side in climax, the director rushed out the script, but as that emotion worked out well, Neerja is still watchable.
Aravind, Andhra & Telangana Wishesh
In the nutshell, ‘Neerja’ is a befitting tribute to brave heart air-hostess Neerja Bhanot.
An emotionally gripping must-watch!
Economic Times
Sonam Kapoor Shines In The Best Film Of 2016 So Far
Deepanjana Pal, Scoop Whoop
A career-best portrayal by Sonam Kapoor captures a true hero's grit
Sarita A Tanwar, DNA India
Magnificent Movie With Terrific Performances
Priyanka Prasad, Filmi Beat
Watch it for inspiring true story and good performances
Box Office Capsule
Neerja is a heart-felt biopic that rises above ordinary with a great direction and stellar performances
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
There was a time when our filmmakers used to shy away from making official biopics due to various personal and legal reasons attached to it. Though, there have been numerous films which were highly inspired by real life characters, but with lots of cinematic liberties and modifications. Films such as 'Aandhi', 'Chak De India', 'Guru', ‘The Dirty Picture’, 'Tejaswani', 'Godmother', 'Dayavan', ‘Sarkar’, 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai', 'Company' and many such are perfect example of good films which were inspired from a real life character. Though there were few historical characters based films, but despite of that the genre failed to get the required momentum. But after the back to back arrival of 'Paan Singh Tomar' and 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' this genre finally found its way into the heart of Bollywood. The makers were no more worried about the controversies attached to such films and dared to go on their own ways. The latest to join such type of films is 'Neerja' which is based the real life happenings of Neerja Bhanot, the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra. The expectations level are sky high as the first promo seems interesting and has a star power of Sonam Kapoor (who is riding high after the super success of 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo') along with the brilliant actress Shabana Azmi.
India Glitz
Sonam Kapoor delivers her career-best performance in Ram Madhvani's film
Suhani Singh, India Today
Neerja has a lot going for it. The brilliant direction and the superb performances are its strongest points. This weekend, make it a point to catch this incredible film. Also, if you haven’t read up on Neerja Bhanot yet, don’t do so now, and let this film take you by surprise.
A story worth telling, this is Sonam Kapoor's best performance to date
Anna M.M. Vetticad, First Post
Sonam Kapoor carries off the demanding role with ease
Indian Express
Best tribute to India’s daughter by director Ram Madhvani
Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle
Sonam Kapoor brings Neerja Bhanot alive on screen
Ananya Bhattacharya, India Today
Ram Madhvani did an excellent job in infusing cinematic drama with realistic events
Sajid, Cinema Glitz
Sonam Kapoor’s terrific hijacking drama will leave you teary-eyed!
Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life
Neerja is best watched if in mood for a good cry
Neerja scales impressive heights
The Hindu Businessline
€˜Neerja'€™, is a touching and respectful tribute to a real life hero
Udita Jhunjhunwala, Business of Cinema
Neerja is Worth a Standing Ovation!
Janhvi Patel, iDiva
Neerja Will Change The Way You Look At Life
Swagata Dam, Miss Mailini
The film is beautifully made and keeps the drama alive in the first half and then loses steam in the second half and ends on a high emotional note.
Manisha Lakhe, Nowrunning
Bollywood’s BEST Hijacking Film Yet
Ambarish Ganesh, Indian Nerve
अच्छी बायोपिक का है इंतजार तो निराश नहीं करेगी 'नीरजा'
A tense, emotional tribute to the real-life heroics of Neerja Bhanot
Uday Bhatia, Live Mint
On the whole, NEERJA is a must watch ode to the youngest recipient of the highest civilian honour Ashok Chakra for displaying extraordinary courage and human kindness.
Bollywood Hungama
अदम्य साहस, और जज्बे की कहानी है 'नीरजा'
R J Alok, Aaj Tak
NEERJA is a poignant tale worth going miles to see!
Martin D'Souza, Glam Sham
'Neerja', is bound to engage you emotionally owing to the nature of its subject and its adept treatment
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Sonam Kapoor deserves kudos for career-best performance!
Prathamesh Jadhav, India.Com
Neerja has a lot going for it. The brilliant direction and the superb performances are its strongest points. This weekend, make it a point to catch this incredible film
Film Dhamaka
A near-flawless exploration of courage in the face of darkness
Rahul Desai, Catch News
Neerja Banot, We salute you
The film is a milestone in Sonam Kapoor’s career and she has effectively carried it on her shoulders
Hindustan Times
On the whole, Neerja is a surefire hit. It is a human drama which will move the audience to tears a number of times
Komal Nahta, KomalsReviews