The name ‘Neerja Bhanot’ has been resonating around the internet since the announcement of Sonam Kapoor’movie, Neerja, which is based on the Pan Am Flight 73 Hijack in 1986. But the hero to whom the name belongs was immortalised 30 years ago, when she laid down her life to save those of 359 others who were trapped in the plane. In the wee hours September 5, 1986, Rama and Harish Bhanot watched their only daughter leave home to attend to her cabin-crew duty on Pan Am Flight 73. She was supposed to return on September 7, which was also her birthday.
Here are some vintage ads featuring Neerja Bhanot, the model:
Here you can watch the video of her advertisement-