2016’s blockbuster, Neerja was indeed one of the most deserving films of the prestigious National Film Award! And, the moment when Fox Star Studios finally received the black lady for this nerve-gripping story, they were extremely humbled. Here’s what they had to say:
A humbled Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios said “It is a huge honor for Fox Star Studios to have got this incredible recognition from the National Awards picking ‘Neerja‘ as the Best Film! It’s hugely exciting & humbling that we are now the only Studio to have won two National Awards for Best Film (Jolly LLB 1 and now Neerja). This recognition gives us further confidence to back great stories and push the envelope on content. As a Studio, we are committed to creating content that not only entertains audiences but also makes us proud of our heritage & culture! ”
Also, Atul Kasbekar, the co-producer of the film, who was also deeply honored added “No one could have scripted this. The recognition that Neerja has got from everywhere is genuinely humbling. Ram Madhvani and I were clear that we’d be achingly honest in its making. Deeply grateful that Fox Star backed us with guts, supported our vision and made every effort to make Neerja happen. Special thanks to the Bhanot family for their trust and faith. We don’t know why they trusted a first-time producer n director but we are so grateful that you did’
Neerja stars Sonam Kapoor as Neerja Bhanot, the brave cabin crew member who, while saving the lives of the passengers on a hijacked plane, lost her own in 1986. She was 23 at the time.