Neerja - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
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A story that you must watch and the film is good too.



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28 reviewers have given Neerja an average rating of 4.6/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...It is a good thing this team chose to buck the trend, because Neerja Bhanot’s is a story worth telling and this film tells it really well. It is as if Ram Madhvani was there on that flight with Saiwyn, Sonam and the rest of them that day in 1986. It is as if Neerja’s soul resides in the film and whispers at us from the screen in those final moments. It is as if we too were there. For a filmmaker to stir up such a high degree of emotion while making no obvious attempt to manipulate us is an amazing achievement. Neerja is outstanding. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...In all, paying my respectable tribute to NEERJA BHANOT with a Big SALUTE, hope the real life story of this daring young martyr inspires the entire present generation going through a difficult phase of forced division in terms of patriotism. But then ending on a lighter, positive note, would like to share the few words said by Neerja’s real mother to Sonam when she went to meet the lady as the lead actress. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, NEERJA is a must watch ode to the youngest recipient of the highest civilian honour Ashok Chakra for displaying extraordinary courage and human kindness. It is a film that will make you stand up for what's genuinely Right without bothering about nationality, religion, sex, cast or colour of the skin. Most importantly as a movie watching experience, you'll be glued to the movie screen with tears and admiration welling up in your eyes. NEERJA is a movie that will make you a better person. Don't miss it! ... full review

Thumbs up by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...Neerja’s last words to her mother in the film is a famous Rajesh Khanna dialogue about Pushpa and her tears! Even though I hate them a lot, you just can’t leave the hall with dry eyes! Aamir, you have more company in the crying club. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The Rajesh Khanna line when Neeja’s body arrives in a coffin seems to hokey to be true. But, not to nitpick, the film leaves a lump in the throat and a sense of pride that an Indian girl could stand up to armed militants. Why did it take so long for Bollywood to pay tribute to Neerja Bhanot? ... full review

Thumbs up by deepali Arya, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Neerja is a heart felt biopic which will leave you speechless! ... full review

Thumbs up by Kritika Goel , Desi Martini ...If the film can be described in a sentence then, it is by far Sonam Kapoor’s best performance with a victorious woman’s story put together by a great director and told with utmost realism. ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ... Neerja is a very difficult movie to watch. You know the story, you know the end and right from the opening credits a sense of dread fills you. Her photos that are shown in the end show a lovely young woman with an infectious smile on the verge of starting her life. Your heart expands and contracts at the same time. A film that must be watched to honour a life not long but very, very large indeed. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Neerja is 2016’s best film so far and that makes it a must watch. But more importantly, in a country where heroes are easily forgotten, this one’s for Neerja Bhanot – the bravest and boldest 23-year-old you’ve ever known. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Neerja won't steal your heart or make you hate terrorists. It won't resort to highlighting the inefficiency of Indian and/or Pakistani governments. It doesn't over dramatize the story. It takes an emotional and mature stance about its subject. It makes you believe in the power of human beings. That ordinary people can make a difference if they try. That heroes need not be worshipped, but they need to be thanked. That just a little bit of kindness goes a long way. ... full review

Thumbs up by Josh, ...Neerja stops being a well-made but rather distant film about a hijack and a hero, and transforms into a souvenir you'll hold close to your heart. You now have to look at it from the mother's moist eyes. You'll have to register the indescribable difficulty of never being able to see her child again. But you'll also have to comprehend her steeling up to the responsibility her daughter's sacrifice entails for her - of staying strong and spreading the inspiration. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...NEERJA, the movie, celebrates one of our own. More importantly it celebrates humanity and service before self. A brave movie! A poignant tale! A movie worth going miles to see!... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Obviously then, Neerja doesn’t fit the simplistic notion of entertainment. It isn’t happy or funny. The second half is also less smooth with an unnecessary song interlude. But Neerja is a truly inspiring story that will grip you from the first frame till the last. Take a few hankies with you. This one is a genuine weeper. ... full review

Thumbs up by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...There are a few things, however, that don’t work. A badly placed song in the second half (even if only in the background) doesn’t serve well. Also you wish the film were tighter and crisper, particularly in the second half. The feeling that you’re being manipulated – rather than feeling genuinely invested in what’s going on – pops up a few times too. But these are minor complaints in what is evidently a well-intentioned, heartfelt film that pays tribute to a real hero. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sohani Singh, india today ...This is a heartbreaking watch, but never a mawkish one. As the end credits roll, audiences will fall for Neerja Bhanot's valour and also her charm. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today ...Vishal Khurana's music is pleasing to the ears. Jeete Hai Chal stays with one long after the film ends. The songs don't hamper the pace of the story. In all, drop everything else and go watch Neerja. This is a story that everyone needs to see. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Sonam Kapoor is very sincere throughout and is amazingly in control in most of the scenes. In what could be undoubtedly her best performance till date, Sonam manages to turn her 'weaknesses' to work for her in this film. Shabana Azmi is brilliant. As she tries convincing herself that nothing could happen to her daughter, as she gives a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter, as she looks at her daughter's body for the last time, Azmi makes sure you are left moist-eyed throughout.... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...As for the direction, Ram Madhwani, who comes back to film direction after the 2002 film Let's Talk, has done a commendable job. Madhwani has not focused only on the hijack drama, but has also offered glimpses of Neerja's personal life, which makes the narrative more relatable. The section of the film once the plane is hijacked is taut, thrilling and terrific and will keep you hooked to the screen. The narrative unfolds so superbly that you end up rooting for Neerja's life, despite the knowledge of her death. The realistic way the film has been shot and presented too works in its favour as there are no unnecessary scenes or over-the-top dialogues or cringe-worthy melodrama. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Sonam is of course the lynchpin. Even when pushed well out of her comfort zone, she is completely convincing and real as the bubbly youngster with nerves of steel. Shabana Azmi informs her role with subtle nuances that add startling layers to the characterisation. Yogendra Tiku, a competent actor who rarely gets the play he deserves in Hindi cinema, conveys the welled-up emotions of a father egging her daughter on to be in control of her own life.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Again it makes you wonder—what makes a hero sacrifice their own life for saving others? Where does so much love for humanity come from? Perhaps the film can give us some answers. Aside: This is one of the few films where the audience was moved enough to applaud together. Highly recommended! Read more at: full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Sonam's Neerja quietly seals a place in your heart. There are no theatrics; she's dignified, strong and real. Shabana as the bereaved mother makes her grief yours, her daughter's glory also yours. Yogendra Tiku lends able support and Khalil(theatre actor, Jim Sarbh) as the maniacal terrorist is terrific. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana, yahoo! India ...‘Neerja’ deserves loud applause because not only is it an exceptional story of courage but because it is an ode to the undying spirit of humanity. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pallavi Patra, ZEENEWS.COM ...Here's Sonam Kapoor's, for once in a long time, beautifully portrayed biopic of Neerja Bhanot. Board the flight, for it's safe, simply for Neerja – even if the plane goes down, you know you will remember this skinny, twenty-something undaunted air hostess for her never-ending commitment and kindness towards the passengers. ... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...The film has several close-ups of her and in the ones that are on board the flight she conveys nothing because there is nothing there. It’s just a pretty face with no emotions, no feelings. A slight worry, perhaps, about the mascara and lipstick. Ms Kapoor is lucky that Neerja Bhanot’s life is extremely powerful material. It’s an emotionally explosive story and we are moved by it even before we’ve entered the hall. She’ll ride on that emotion for a while... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuwan, Desi Martini ...Thankfully, good actors essaying these parts add to the charm of this lovely film. Only warning, keep them tissues handy when you go watch this one.... full review

So-So by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...If there’s one quibble I had with Neerja—apart from a couple of moments of sentimental overreach, like the song sequence which cross-cuts between Azmi in her home and mothers on the plane comforting their children—it’s in the way it presents the hijackers. It might be asking too much in a film about Bhanot to make her killers fleshed-out characters, but the film might have gained in depth had it at least revealed a little about the terrorists’ motivations and aims (Captain Phillips, for example, gives us a glimpse of the pirates’ lives). Without the context, the hijackers are just another bunch of crazed, bearded, armed men shouting in Arabic—a stereotype Indian cinema seems to fall back on as readily as Hollywood. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...the larger emotional swell and sentiment of the film makes one overlook things. You don’t even realise that it’s the selflessness and courage of real characters you actually end up applauding than the actors playing them. Go for it if you are in the mood for a good cry.... full review

So-So by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...I, for one, am glad that films are being made on our heroes, and in spite of its flaws, I hope Neerja is still widely seen, especially by the younger generation. But as more and more biopics come out in india, I also look forward to them hopefully raising the bar in terms of filmmaking as well. For now, I stand and salute Neerja Bhanot. I only wish I could do that to the film as well. ... full review