Here Are 22 Vintage Ads Featuring Neerja Bhanot, The Model

Neerja Bhanot, the flight purser of Pan Am Flight 73, saved 360 passengers when the ill-fated flight was hijacked in September 1986. This week, Sonam Kapoor starrer,Neerja remembers the martyr who was the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra for her valiant service during the situation of great crisis. However, not many know that while pursuing her career as a purser, Neerja also did a bit of modelling for some brands and magazines

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Sonam Kapoor is all set to play the young, free-spirited and courageous flight purser, Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life on 5th September 1986 when the Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked by four armed men.

Neerja was recognized internationally as “the heroine of the hijack” and is the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra Award, India’s most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time.

The real story of Neerja

The cock-pit crew of the flight fled on the alert and being the senior most attendant on board, Neerja took the charge. The terrorists were on the lookout for Americans and knowing this, Bhanot and her crew cleverly hid the passports of all the American passengers. She fought for 17 hours straight and opened the emergency door for the passengers to escape when the attackers open fired. In a bid to save the lives of three childrens, Neerja was shot dead by the terrorists.

Sonam Kapoor starrer Neerja, which is set to release on 19th February traces the life and journey of the nation’s unsung hero. To celebrate the spirit of this brave-heart, the makers of the film have been giving insights about Neerja Bhanot on social media. Scroll down to read more!

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Neerja Bhanot also featured on a few magazine covers:

 

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She fought for 17 hours straight and opened the emergency door for the passengers to escape when the attackers open fired. In a bid to save the lives of three childrens, Neerja was shot dead by the terrorists.

 

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In 2004, the Indian Postal Service released a stamp commemorating her:

 

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Her loyalties to the passengers of the aircraft in distress will forever be a lasting tribute to the finest qualities of the human spirit”.

 

 

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Neerja Bhanot  is the youngest recipient of the Ashoka Chakra, India’s highest civilian award..

 

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A recording of an in-flight announcement made by the real Neerja Bhanot was recently released on YouTube by the makers of the movie.

 

 

After Her Death

 

With insurance money and an equal contribution from Pan Am for using the brand Pan Am in the title, her parents set up the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust. The trust presents two awards every year, one for a flight crew member, worldwide, who acts beyond the call of duty and another, the Neerja Bhanot Award, to an Indian woman who when faced with social injustice such as dowry or desertion perseveres and then helps other women in similar social distress. The award includes a sum of INR 1,50,000, a trophy and a citation.

 

 

 

Postal Stamp released by Indian Postal Service on October 8, 2004, commemorating Neerja Bhanot sacrifice and services to the nation.

 

Neerja’s brother Aneesh went to Washington DC in 2005 to receive the ‘Justice for Crimes Award’ awarded posthumously to her as part of the ‘Annual Crime Rights Week’ at a ceremony held at the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia. In 2006, she and the other Pan Am Flight 73 flight attendants and Pan Am’s flight director for Pakistan were awarded the Special Courage award by the United States Department of Justice.

 

A square called Neerja Bhanot Chowk is named after her in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar (East) suburb by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

 

The civil aviation ministry of India conferred an honor on Neerja Bhanot posthumously on 18 February 2010 in New Delhi on the occasion of the launch of the celebrations of the centenary of Indian aviation.

 

Awards

 

    • Ashoka Chakra, India

 

  • Flight Safety Foundation Heroism Award, USA

 

 

  • Justice for Crimes Award, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia

 

 

  • Special Courage award, United States Department of Justice.

 

 

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation Award, India

 

 

  • Tamgha-e-Insaaniyat (Awarded for showing incredible human kindness), Pakistan

 

 

  • Movie- Neerja is a 2016 Hindi biographical thriller drama film written by Saiwyn Quadras, and directed by Ram Madhvani starring Sonam Kapoor in titular role of “Head Purser” Neerja Bhanot

 

 

 

We’re so proud of you, Neerja.




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