(DIYA TV) — Fashion diva Sonam Kapoor, known for playing “girl next door” roles, takes on a new challenge as a brave air-hostess in the upcoming film “Neerja.”

Directed by Ram Madhvani, the film is based on the real-life story of Neerja Bhanot, a 23 year old PAN AM senior flight attendant that risked her life to save the passengers on the ill-fated flight 73 that was hijacked while on the tarmac in Pakistan.

Neerja is an ordinary girl turned extraordinary, who showed immense bravery and courageousness in saving 380 lives that day. Although, she survived this bout with terrorists, she later passed away while saving three little children.

Sonam Kapoor truly brings Neerja to life.

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“LOVED IT! Sonam, what an incredible performance. Can’t remember the last time I cried this much. Congrats! STAND PROUD!”, said Hrithik Roshan in a tweet.

Reports also mention Sonam took very stringent measures of learning the real life character, interacting closely with Rama Bhanot (Neerja’s Mother) who was able to assist Sonam to live up to the real life Neerja’s character.  

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Harish Bhanot and Rama Bhanot characters were brilliantly played by Yogender Tikku and Shabana Azmi. Azmi shines throughout and mentions “Rama Bhanot is not just an other person to me but there was this instant connect to her. There is a wonderful arc in this characterization because starting from being a regular mother, she rises above to become that person who has faced an immense tragedy and her own personal loss is able to overcome it and embrace this incident of her daughter sacrificed her life to the nation,” she added.