Celebrities like Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai and Ayushmann Khurrana have applauded Sonam Kapoor-starrer “Neerja”, saying that the actress has not only given “inspiring” performance but has also brought Neerja Bhanot back to life.

The film, directed by Ram Madhvani, tells the real life story of Neerja Bhanot, an air hostess who lost her life while saving others on a hijacked plane.
Sonam features in the lead role, while Shabana Azmi essays her mother’s role.

The film had a special screening for Bollywood celebrities on Monday night and they later took to Twitter to appreciate the film.

While actor Aamir Khan shared that he found the film very “inspirational”, filmmaker Karan Johar found Sonam’s performance in the film as her “best yet”.

Here is what the celebrities tweeted:

Karan Johar: Sonam kapoor records her best yet with a moving portrayal of Neerja, her understated nuanced work lingers long after.

Subhash Ghai: Watched ‘Neerja’. Super film, super emotions, super Sonam, super Shabana. Congrats director Ram, writers… producers

Ayushmann Khurrana: Knowing the Bhanots personally makes ‘Neerja’ even more touching. Sonam Kapoor makes a dash to the awards. Salute to Madhvani and Atul Kasbekar (producer of the film).

Twinkle Khanna: A film that applauds an incredible young woman Neerja. Shabana Azmi and Sonam Kapoor will make you cry in this tale of courage and conviction.

Amit Sadh: ‘Neerja’ a mind blowing film. I had tears! Sonam Kapoor makes Neerja Bhannot come alive onscreen. An absolute must watch!

Shilpa Shetty Kundra: Just watched ‘Neerja’. Riveting performances by Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and cast, Atul Kasbekar and Ram Madhvani take a bow. Must Watch.

Divya Dutta: Sonam Kapoor all the best lovely girl for ‘Neerja’. Looking forward to watching it!

Mika Singh: My best wishes to the beautiful Sonam Kapoor and very talented Shekhar Ravjiani for their upcoming movie ‘Neerja’.

Milap Zaveri: Take a bow Sonam Kapoor. You have brought Neerja Bhanot back to life! Her legacy and bravery breathes through your award winning performance!

The film is scheduled to release on February 19.