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Neerja Bhanot Was A Team Leader, Not a Lone Heroine!

There's a new Bollywood movie out, 'Neerja'. It's heroine, played by Indian actor Sonam Kapoor, is Neerja Bhanot, an Indian Pan Am flight attendent who gave her life while executing her duties as a flight attendent on a flight which suffered an attempted hijack by Palestinian terrorists. Neerja Bhanot's grace under pressure and heroic behaviour, like alerting the flight crew of the hijack, thus enabling it to escape (and effectively disablimg the plane) and hiding the passports of US citizen passengers to save them from being singled out by the terrorists, has won her accolades and awards from three countries, Pakistan, USA and India. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I am told by my son, who has, that the story totally focusses on the story from Neerja's point of view.  It shows her grit and determination, going back to her modelling career and joining the airlines after her arranged marriage collapsed. Although she was only 23, her heroism is undoubted a…