Neerja Bhanot, Ashoka Chakra was an Indian head purser who died while saving passengers on Pan Am Flight 73 which had been hijacked by terrorists during a stopover in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime gallantry, the Ashok Chakra Award, as well as several other accolades from the government of Pakistan and the United States. She was shot while helping passengers escape through the emergency exits. Her life and heroism inspired the biopic Neerja, which was released in 2016 and was directed by Ram Madhvani starring Sonam Kapoor.
|Born:||September 07, 1963, Chandigarh, Punjab, India|
|Died:||September 05, 1986, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Cause of death:||Gunshot wound|
|Known for:||Pan Am Flight 73|
|Parent(s):||Rama Bhanot, Harish Bhanot|
About Neerja Bhanot
Renowned purser and chief flight attendant who was killed in an attempt to save the lives of hundreds of passengers on the hijacked flight Pan Am Flight 73 in September of 1986. After her death she was awarded the Ashok Chakra for bravery.
It was while studying at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai that she was spotted by an agent and began a modeling career. Then, in 1985, she applied for a job as a flight attendant with Pan Am.
Her brother, Aneesha, published the coffee table book The Neerja I Knew as a tribute to her after her death.
She was born to Rama and Harish Bhanot, a journalist, and had two brothers Akhil and Aneesh. She had an arranged marriage in 1985 but the union dissolved within two months.
In 2016, actress Sonam Kapoor played her in the biographical thriller Neerja about her life.
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