Sonam Kapoor and Shabana Azmi Starrer "Neerja" Official Logo Release

By Sana Topiwala

Neerja (2016) Sonam Kapoor - Shabana Azmi Logo

Mumbai, December 15, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio) - On the fateful day of the 5th of Sept. of 1986, Pan Am Flight 73 took off from Mumbai, India landing safely on its first stopover at Karachi Jinnah International en route to JFK at New York City via Frankfurt, only to be hijacked on the tarmac by armed Palestinian gunmen with allegiance to Abu Nidal's Fatah terrorist organization.

Twenty of the three hundred and sixty passengers on the ill-fated plane were murdered. 23-year old air hostess Neerja Bhanot from India was killed bravely trying to save fellow passengers, earning her a posthumous Ashoka Chakra. The hijackers were apprehended and sentenced to death in Pakistan. Unfortunately, Pakistan later reduced the sentences to life in prison, disregarding explicit requests from India and the United States against such a conciliatory move by Pakistan with terrorists and murderers.

The forthcoming Fox Star India film "Neerja" chronicles the events. The official logo for the film was recently released. The trailer of the film will be screened before the eagerly anticipated Shahrukh Khan - Kajol starrer DIWLALE opening this weekend (which clashes with Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Ranvir Singh's Bajirao Mastaani).

The logo has a vintage look displaying the title of the film and has an airplane embedded in it - signifying the hijack incident of 1986.

Directed by Ram Madhvani, ‘Neerja’ is a Fox Star Studios presentation of a Bling Unplugged and Fox Star Studios production. The film starring actors Sonam Kapoor and Shabana Azmi in lead roles, and is set for a release date of 19th February 2016.