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New Delhi: Recently released biopic, Neerja, starring Sonam Kapoor depicts the story of a fearless young woman with a promising modelling and flying career who lost her life while saving the passengers from the armed terrorists, is turning out to be an inspiration to the youth who were unaware of the happenings, said her brother.

“I have been flooded with phone calls, messages and Facebook posts from across the country and all over the world ever since ‘Neerja’ released. It is quite overwhelming. The film has been really well made and Neerja’s portrayal does full justice to her act of courage,” said Aneesh Bhanot, brother of the Pan-Am senior flight purser.

Neerja’s brothers, Akhil and Aneesh, have received praise from across the globe applauding her courageous act during the hijack.

“People who have seen the film in the United States, Australia and other countries are either calling up or sending messages about her act of courage and how so many of them have been moved after watching the movie. Many survivors of the hijacking have also been in touch,” Aneesh said.

In the United States, people who have gone to see the film have installed electric candles inside movie theatres, Aneesh pointed out.

House No. 3727 in Chandigarh’s Sector 46, the residence of Neerja’s brothers, is aptly named ‘Neerja Niwas’. They have proudly put a plaque outside the gate mentioning the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award for bravery, given to Neerja Bhanot in 1987.

Braveheart Neerja Bhanot who gave up her life two days before she would have turned 23, was the first women to receive Ashok Chakra.

She saved a large group of American children during the terrorist hijack of a Pan-Am flight at Karachi international airport in Pakistan on September 5, 1986.

“By bringing the story back to the youth, the film is doing great service to the community. Many youths didn’t even know her (Neerja) story. The film tells them that there is nothing to fear, even as a woman, from terrorists or anyone,” Aneesh said.

Aneesh, the younger brother, wished to watch the movie all by himself and quietly booked the tickets for the first show.

“I wanted to go and see this alone. I thought that (director Ram Madhvani) and his team have really done a very good job,” said Aneesh, who was in tears during the film.

His family members also went to see the show very first day. The film, released on Feb 19, left the Bhanot family with the memories of the Events of September 5-7, 1986.

Neerja, 23-year-old young women, was the senior flight purser of Pan-Am 73 (Bombay-Karachi-Frankfurt-New York) who got killed in the shootout following the hijack. Palestinian terrorists from the Abu Nidal group had entered the aircraft posing as Pakistani police personnel, carrying arms and hand grenades. 20 people dead and 150 injured after a bloodbath at the airport. There were around 200 Indian passengers on the flight, out of which 13 died while over 100 were injured.(IANS) (Image Courtesy: desimartini.com)

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The Idea of Sunny Leone’s Biopic “Karenjit Kaur” Came Over a Cup of Coffee: Hitendra Kapopara

Adult movies actress Sunny Leone's Biopic "Karenjit Kaur" was decided over a coffee, says Hitendra Kapopara

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Sunny Leone is happy being a mother of 3 kids. Flickr
Sunny Leone is happy being a mother of 3 kids. Flickr

Celebrity designer and stylist Hitendra Kapopara says he gave the idea of a biopic on Sunny Leone to the makers of “Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone” over a cup of coffee.

Interacting with media on Monday, Kapopara said he shared a close bond with Sunny Leone as he has worked with her in “Ek Paheli Leela”, “Jackpot”, “Mastizaade” and MTV’s reality show “Spiltsvilla”.

“Once my friend Shareen Kishore (founder of Namah Pictures who produced Sunny Leone’s biopic) and I were having a conversation over coffee and in that conversation, I was discussing Sunny’s life with her. While talking, I just pasted an idea of making a biopic on Sunny as she has an interesting layered life. Shareen just got so glued to the idea, that in no time, I introduced her to Daniel Weber (Sunny Leone’s Husband) and the rest is history,” he said.

“Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone” is being aired on Zee Five.

Asked about his experience working with Sunny Leone, Kapopara said,” It’s as fine as the sand particles in the best beach of the world. She is a family to me and so am I to her. While we work every day together, our professional boundaries remain intact. But when we are just chilling, travelling or are out somewhere, you should watch us have a gala time.”

The idea of "Karenjit Kaur"- Sunny Leone's Biopic was decided over a cup of coffee. Flickr
The idea of “Karenjit Kaur”- Sunny Leone’s Biopic was decided over a cup of coffee. Flickr

Kapopara, an alumni of NIFT, Ahemdabad has worked as celebrity designer in films like “Raaz”, “Nayi Padosan”, “Dil Bechara Pyaar Ka Maara”, “Mr Prime Minister”, “Ek Paheli Leela”, “The Flag”, “Mukti”, “Jackpot”, “Sona Spa” and “Mastizaade”.

Asked with which Hindi film celebrity he wants to work with, Kapopara said, “Rekha ji is one of those stars who can create ecstasy. I wish to design and style her once.”

Also Read: Sunny Leone Enjoys Being a Mother of Three Kids

Talking about his future plans, Kapopara said, “I have been planning to execute a brand label of my own and for that, I am already talking to a couple of investors so let’s see. I have also given a thought to production.”

Apart from Sunny Leone, Kapopara has done personal styling for Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Hrishita Bhatt, Riya Sen, Arbaaz Khan, Celine Jaitley, Nargis Fakhri, Daisy Shah, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Vir Das, Ritiesh Deshmukh, Elli Avram, Aahna Kumra, Himansh Kohli, Ashmit Patel and Gauahar Khan. (IANS)