The story of Neerja Bhanot, who died saving over 300 passengers in the ill-fated Pan Am flight that got hijacked in Karachi, has opened to massive appreciation and great reviews. Sonam Kapoor's and Shabana Azmi's performance is being lauded across the country, with many reviewers claiming that this is Sonam Kapoor's milestone performance.
Here's a few reviews for Sonam Kapoor's terrific 'Neerja' :
"...Neerja is a milestone in Sonam Kapoor's career. Not just because it's a good film, but because she carries it entirely on her shoulder. She looks earnest, scared, benevolent and bold, all at the same time. You should see her in the scene where a terrorist frisks her: She aces it with a panache seldom seen in Bollywood..." Hindustan Times
"In this shrill era of arrogant, aggressive nationalism, the qualities of genuine humanism that this spirited film celebrates deserve to be brought to the fore and embraced.Neerja not only places a woman at its centre, it also showcases the pluck of a flight attendant who makes no distinction between nationalities when her passengers face a grave threat.She goes out of her way to try and save everybody on board – Indians, Americans, Pakistanis and Brits – without any thought of the cost that she might have to pay. " NDTV
"There's something totally shattering about sending your happy, healthy child away and having to receive her or him back home in a coffin. A moment that can melt the hardest of hearts, particularly if it gets emotionally (though also a wee bit affectedly) essayed by an actor like Shabana Azmi." The Hindu
"Both Shabana Azmi and Tikku, as the parents hoping for the best and dreading the worst for their 'Laado' (Neerja's 'pet name'), are excellent. They shine a light on the tragically-cut-short life of their daughter, a true inspirational heroine whose deeds need more than a memorial. They need to be remembered" Indian Express
"...Madhvani creates a palpable sense of fear and foreboding in the scenes in which the armed terrorists take charge of the flight, often clashing among themselves. Using jerky handheld camerawork to establish urgency and claustrophobia in the narrow cabin, the filmmakers give us harrowing moments of tension and violence. Meanwhile, Neerja, summoning the strength that her father repeatedly pressed her to draw on, finds it within herself to stand up to the oppressors. Sonam Kapoor, her sing-song delivery only reiterating the character's young age, throws herself into the part, and aside from a few weak instances, successfully conveys Neerja's inner journey from fear to finding courage under fire. The actress has never been better..." Rajeev Masand
"Sonam's Neerja quietly seals a place in your heart. There are no theatrics; she's dignified, strong and real. Shabana as the bereaved mother makes her grief yours, her daughter's glory also yours. Yogendra Tiku lends able support and Khalil(theatre actor, Jim Sarbh) as the maniacal terrorist is terrific." Times of India