'Neerja' mints over Rs. 22 crore in the opening weekend


Feb,22 2016 15:23 41 IST

Ram Madhvani's Neerja, which stars actress Sonam Kapoor as Neerja Bhanot, the air hostess who sacrificed her life while saving passengers on board hijacked Pan Am flight 73, has received an overwhelming response at the box office. The biographical thriller has collected Rs.22.01 crore in its opening weekend.

Screengrab from Neerja. YouTube

Screengrab from Neerja. YouTube

Neerja, which released on February 19, witnessed an impressive growth over the weekend due to positive word of mouth. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweets

The film revolves around the Libya backed Abu Nidal Organisation's hijacking of Pan Am flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan in September 1986, specifically focusing on flight attendant Neerja Bhanot who ensured the failure of the hijacking by preventing the plane from getting off the ground.

With a strong weekend response, the film is expected to dominate the box office in the coming days too, says trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

Neerja is flying high. . Day-wise growth in biz clearly indicates it has won hearts and conquered the box office. Sunday biz was terrific,” Adarsh posted on Twitter on Monday.

“With an impressive weekend total on hand, Neerja is expected to dominate on weekdays too...

Neerja is a shining example of a brilliant film backed by well planned and executed distribution strategy and superb marketing,” he added.

Produced by Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged, the film also features Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravjiani and Yogendra Tiku.

Published Date: Feb 22, 2016 15:23 PM | Updated Date: Feb 22, 2016 15:39 PM