"(Producer) Atul Kasbekar initially spoke with the family. Before us, different people have asked them the rights to make a film on Neerja. For some strange reason, they have said no to them, they said yes to us. That I think you should ask the family why they showed trust in us, or why they had faith in us," said Madhvani.

Popular photographer Kasbekar, who makes his debut as a producer with the film, was the brain behind getting Madhvani onto the project.

"My friend Atul Kasbekar approached me first, he asked me if I knew Neerja. Actually I'm one of the few people who didn't know Neerja but knew about her. I knew the incidents on the flight and was aware that she had received the Ashok Chakra”, Madhvani said.

“Atul said that he had this concept and asked if I would make a film on it.. I immediately said yes because this is a story that needs to be told to everyone”, he added.

"Sonam Kapoor was involved earlier on a conceptual basis, still there is always a fear when the final script is ready with dialogues, the actress might like it or not like it. So we were very happy when she said yes," added the director.

'Neerja' is releasing on February 19.


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