The trailer of the much awaited biopic ‘Neerja’ has created a stir among the audience. Sonam Kapoor plays Neerja Bhanot who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the hijacked Pan Am flight 73 in 1986.

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In the wake of the film’s release, the daughter of one of the pilots on the plane, Nicole Thomas Fredrick has written an open letter to the makers and expressed her desire to watch the film.

Pilot's daughter pens down an emotional letter to the makers of Neerja
Pilot’s daughter pens down an emotional letter to the makers of Neerja

A touching letter penned by Nicole Thomas Fredrick, daughter of one of the pilots, reads:

“The film’s trailer brings out the intense emotions that were going on at that time. I remember everything that happened in those 48 hours and this stirred up a lot of feelings for me again. My father would only grant interviews as long as it was about the heroism of Neerja. Pilots were extensively trained to evacuate the aircraft for negotiating power. In 1986, terrorists didn’t know how to fly airplanes, so that was a bargaining tool to buy time. She did a lot to save the lives of Americans (specifically) and I will always remember that. I can’t wait to see the film. Hopefully, it will release where I live.”

Directed by Ram Madhvani, Neerja revisits the story of courage shown by the 23-year-old Mumbai based flight attendant who was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra for bravery — the youngest recipient to bag the honour.

Neerja that stars Sonam Kapoor, is directed by Ram Madhvani. The trailer of the film garnered immense support, love and appreciation from across audiences and the industry folks.

The film will hit theaters on 19th February 2016.

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