6 Indian Films Which Dealt With The Theme Of Plane Hijacking

6 Indian Films Which Dealt With The Theme Of Plane Hijacking

28 Mar 18 @ 5:47 PM | By Ravi

Making a film based on a plane hijack has never been easy for filmmakers in Bollywood because they may have to do without the essential romance, drama and songs which the audiences are so used to. Though they’ve been a handful of films that Bollywood and other regional languages have made on plane hijacking of which most of them have been inspired by true life incidents. A few films pre-release have landed in some or the other controversy which has worked as publicity and helped it to get more audiences. We look at some Indian films which dealt with the theme of plane hijacking.

  1. Neerja (2016)

    The most recent plane hijack movie in Bollywood has been Neerja directed by Ram Madhvani. Neerja is an untold story inspired by the life of late air hostess Neerja Bhanot who was gunned down by terrorists when Flight 73 was hijacked in Karachi in 1986. Sonam Kapoor plays the titular role in this action flick which joined the 50 crore club in the first half of 2016.

    Neerja (2016)
    Neerja (2016)
  2. Gaganam (Telugu - 2011)

    One of the top hijacking movies to come out in Tollywood which was based on the StarJet bound flight No. SK 957, from Chennai to Delhi where a group of terrorists hijack the plane in return of the release of their leader, Yusuf Khan. The passengers' only hope is Major Ravindra (Nagarjuna) from the National Security Guards who is trained to deal with a crisis like this.

    Gaganam (Telugu - 2011)
    Gaganam (Telugu - 2011)
  3. Kandahar (Malayalam - 2010)

    Kandahar was one of Malayalam cinema's best plane hijacking movies to come in recent times. The thriller directed by Major Ravi was based on the true hijacking incident of the Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999. The film saw Amitabh Bachchan making his Mollywood debut and Mohanlal playing the role of Major Mahadevan, belonging to the Jat Regiment who is assigned the task of rescuing the passengers and bringing the hijackers to the task.

    Kandahar (Malayalam - 2010)
    Kandahar (Malayalam - 2010)
  4. Hijack (2008)

    Based on the real life hijacking of IC 814 where terrorists hijack a plane from Delhi to Amritsar and is forced to land at Chandigarh airport where Shiney Ahuja, who works as a ground maintenance engineer, rescues his daughter and the passengers who are travelling in the flight.

     

    Hijack (2008)
    Hijack (2008)
  5. Zameen (2003)

    Debutant director Rohit Shetty’s action thriller film starring Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu in the lead roles also had a group of militants hijacking an Indian aircraft in return of their leader played by Mukesh Tiwari. The action flick though didn't perform as expectedly at the box-office but surely announced Rohit Shetty as a director to watch out for.

    Zameen (2003)
    Zameen (2003)
  6. Yeh Dil Aashiqana (2002)

    This romantic action flick directed by Kuku Kohli starring Karan Nath and Jividha Sharma also had a plane hijack as its backdrop. Though it wasn’t based on a true incident, the film and its climax dealt with terrorists hijacking a plane who demand the release of their leader in return for the hostages.

    Yeh Dil Aashiqana (2002)
    Yeh Dil Aashiqana (2002)
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