Neerja Bhanot ~ The Fantastico Heroine Of Hijack


Opportunities to prove yourself might not come every day but those who are real heroes, don't go looking for it. They strike and give examples of the greatest bravery and fearlessness when the situation calls for it.

Neerja Bhanot, a 22 year old part time model, was just another fun loving flight attendant for Pan Am from a middle class family in Mumbai until she died the most heroic death, shielding children from terrorists' bullets and saving several other lives.

Neerja was a senior flight attendant for the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73 which was hijacked by four armed men on 5 September 1986.

I once read a fact on Twitter that a human mind is programmed to respond to three things naturally - Food, sex and fear. Fear is universal and every living being is afraid of death, it's just that each one's level of fear differs from the other. But there are some heroes who go out of the ordinary and prove to be the best examples of bravery and fearlessness.

Neerja Bhanot was a woman who was fearless. She was so bold and daring in her conduct that she is remembered as one of the most fearless women of all time.

Bhanot helped many passengers escape by letting them out of the emergency door of the plane. She could have saved her own life by jumping out first when she opened the emergency door but as amazing that she was, she decided not to do so.

She lost her life in the most heroic way anyone would have thought of. Neerja Bhanot was shot when she tried shielding three children from the bullets of the murderers.

She saved 359 lives of people from the US, Pakistan and India who were on board the hijacked plane. She was recognized for her fearless and brave nature around the whole world and was honored by India, Pakistan and the USA after her heroic death.

She is famed as "the heroine of hijack" and is the youngest receiver of one of India's most prestigious awards - The Ashok Chakra Award.

We need more people like her. If everyone out there develops qualities like her than we can surely fight the rising terrorism. Today is the day to get inspired by her life and if not something big, do whatever you can. Terror needs a full stop and 'there's no need to be afraid of coward murderers' is the lesson which Neerja taught us.

Thanks to Bollywood, the new generation and people who didn't know her will recognize Neerja the fantastico legend now. Sonam Kapoor is starring as Neerja Bhanot in the film 'Neerja' alongside other actors Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravjiani and Uday Chopra, playing different roles. The trailer of the film which is scheduled to release on the 19th of February 2016, received a lot of critical acclaim and was praised by many.
Sonam Kapoor
I am including the film's official trailer here for you to get a jist of the story of Neerja Bhanot's extraordinary courage and bravery. I simply loved this trailer!
This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

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  1. Wow! Beautifully written! I'd read about her a long time ago. Thanks for refreshing the memory. She was indeed a brave girl!


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