Sonam honoured to be a part of biopic

MUMBAI: After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor has worked in another biopic Neerja. The actress says she feels honoured to be a part of films based on the “lives of Indian heroes”.

Kapoor played the love interest of Farhan Akhtar in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s 2013 film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which is inspired by the real life story of Indian athlete Milkha Singh.

And now she is essaying the titular role in Neerja, a biopic on Neerja Bhanot, a valiant Indian flight attendant who lost her own life but saved the lives of passengers during a hijacking.

“It is an honour to be a part of both these biopics which are based on the lives of heroes. Ironically, both Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Neerja are based on personalities from Chandigarh,” Kapoor said in a statement.

The Ram Madhvani-directorial features Kapoor as Neerja, a Pan Am chief purser who was gunned down by terrorists when Flight 73 was hijacked in Karachi in 1986. She saved a number of lives but lost her own. The film will release on February 19.