Neerja Bhanot: Profile, Husband and Family




Very few people in India are aware of Late Neerja Bhanot. However, she is widely admired in the USA and many western countries. It is because of the fact that Neerja had saved many lives and in the process left this planet Earth.


Neerja Bhanot




Short Profile

Neerja was born on 7th September, 1963 in Chandigarh. She was a Hindu Brahmin by caste. She has done schooling from Chandigarh and later shifted to Mumbai for high education. Her parents used to call her LADO. They married her to person who was working in the gulf. Unfortunately, there were continuous demand for dowry. Her parents were unable to fulfill demands and hence Neerja was continuously pressurized and tortured. She decided to return India and started to live with her parents. During this time, she was selected as a flight attendant of Pan Am Airlines. Following is the story of her presence of mind and dedication towards her passengers. While saving many lives, she died on the same fateful day.



Brave Heart Neerja!

Four terrorists hijacked an airplane in Karachi on 5th September, 1986. This was Pan Am Flight 73 which was going to Frankfurt through New York. The target of terrorists was American citizens. Somehow, Neerja got to know about the intentions of those Islamic terrorists. She activated the hijack code through the intercom. This led to escape of cabin crew member.


When hijackers asked about American passengers, Neerja got to know that they are the main target. Hijackers asked her to collect passport of all passengers and see who among them are Americans. She concealed many passports. The drama continues for 17 hours, yes for such a long time Neerja Bhanot was single handedly talking with dreaded terrorists. After this, terrorists opened fire. She opened the emergency door and asked passengers to get out of the flight immediately. Lots of passengers died. Neerja became a shield of many passengers, including three children. Suddenly, a terrorist emptied entire AK 47 magazine on her. She fell on the ground, never to stand again. All terrorists were arrested by the Pakistani army and convicted for death. However, their capital punishment was converted to simple imprisonment for 14 – 20 years.


Indian Postage Stamp in honor of Neerja
Indian, American and Pakistani government gave due respect to the brave Indian woman. Indian Government also rewarded Ashok Chakra posthumously to her. This is the only occasion in the history of India when Ashok Chakra was awarded to a woman. Needless to say, she is also the youngest person to have been awarded with Ashok Chakra. Vajpayee government had also issued a postage stamp in the honor of the great Neerja Bhanot.




A Film on Neerja Bhanot

A film is announced on the life of Neerja Bhanot. Sonam Kapoor will play the leading role, while the biopic will be directed by Ram Madhvani.




33 comments:

  1. her life is a lesson of self realization that how much we are self centered

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  3. The movie "Neerja" let all of us know that there was a brave woman Neerja Bhanot. Thanks to the director and cast and makers of the movie who made the movie with all respects to Bhanot family and off course to Neerja too. I salute the bravery of Neerja and being an Indian I am proud to say that Neerja will always be Amar in all our hearts.

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  4. I would like to know about children saved by Neeraja.
    Where are they now? Did they remain in touch with the family?

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    1. one of them is a pilot in a major airlines.

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    2. and he says he owes every day of his life to her

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  5. Salute to Neerja who had no fear and saved the life of350 persons areal hero of India India should had proud on it

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  6. Is any one having any idea about where about of Neerja's husband

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  7. Is any one having any idea about where about of Neerja's husband

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  8. I think nirja belongs from himchal tribal community. That's why people fogot her bravery.

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  9. I think nirja belongs from himchal tribal community. That's why people fogot her bravery.

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    1. did you even read about her..she was from brahmin hindu family..so stop making lame statements here. Start asking for reservations here too. Idiotic creature

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  10. Neerja Bhanot ko meri traf se Salute

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  11. Neerja bhanot is best woman and I salute neerja bhanot.

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  12. Neerja bhanot is best woman and I salute neerja bhanot.

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  13. She is the inspiration for youth who destroy their lives and give up instead of facing and resolving.

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  14. She is the inspiration for youth who destroy their lives and give up instead of facing and resolving.

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  15. Apko meri tarafse dherosara pranam,,,aur apke maa baba aur bhioko ko sambadona hai.aap nation hero ho.god bless you mam.

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  16. Neerja Bhanot we Indians are proud of you

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    1. Neerja will be remembered as a inspiration

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  17. Great job done by great lady

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  18. Great job done by great lady

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  19. Neeraja ......u know how u r mother loves u she remembered u day and night.....my baby lado....love u....she knows that u r there next to the lord......

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  20. Neerja was superpatriot.As an indian we should be proud of her sacrifices for the country.I salute her from bottom of my heart and honored her for being such a great and enthusiastic job during the karachi plane hijacked took place in 1986.She spoiled her life for saving rest of the people life who were in the plane.She was fearless and stood always in difficulties with the people were in the plane.she saved the life of three children wihtout taking care of her life.She had really done such an extreme job for being a fabulous inspiration of many indian women.she was the source of inspiration for many indian as youngster.Her service memory will remain forever in the mind of indians. i am very thankful to her mother who gave birth to this unique personality.you are the best mother of the world you would proud of yourself for being prestigeous work of your doughter .

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  21. Neerja is the real heroine of the PanAm flight .......
    Salute you Neerja!!!

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  22. I am very proud of brave lady, who had saved umpteen number of people's live. I rever Neerja......Nandakumar, Advocate

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  23. Seer jhukta hai tery is bahaduri pur,Agar tou naa hoti tou vo 350 loog na hotey.
    Jai Hind Jai Neerja Bhanot.

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  24. where is that bastard husband of hers?i wish i could kick the bastard motherfucker to death.

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  25. I am so proud of you and salute you for this couragious act, you born to be a hero n would be born as great personality last forever.

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