After securing tax-free status, 'Neerja' makers now have their eyes on India's Oscars entry slot


Mar,02 2016 14:05:03 IST

Mumbai: The makers of Sonam Kapoor-starrer Neerja feel the film should be India's entry to the Academy Awards for 2017.

Screengrab from Neerja. IBN-Live

Screengrab from Neerja. IBN-Live

"I think this is the film that deserves to go...I think it will make India proud. So, I think Neerja has to be
India's entry to the Oscars (this year)," Fox Star Studio CEO, Vijay Singh, told reporters here last night.

Singh also revealed that they plan to release the film in different countries.

"Neerja has been a learning lesson for all of us. This is just the beginning...We want to release the film in lot of countries like Taiwan and others who don't look at Bollywood films. It is a long race," he added.

The Ram Madhvani directed film narrates the story of an ordinary 23-year-old girl, Neerja, a flight stewardesses,
who saved hundreds of passengers who were hijacked on a Pan Am flight. She, posthumously, went on to become the youngest recipient of country's highest gallantry award, Ashok Chakra.

The Studio thinks today it is the content-driven films that are liked by the audiences.

"I think with Neerja, we learn that we need to respect our audience. It is all about the story and script. Neerja shows that audience wants real good content," Singh said.

The biopic, which also had actors Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku and Jim Sarbh in lead roles, garnered good
response at the box office as well as from critics.


Updated Date: Mar 02, 2016 14:19 PM