Chandigarh, February 3, 2020: The fifth session of Ru-Ba-Ru gave an impactful insight to the audience in the life of Aneesh Bhanot, social activist and Ashok Chakra awardee Neerja Bhanot’s brother, at the 15th Winter National Theatre Festival organized by Theatre for Theatre at Bal Bhawan, Chandigarh.
The session was conducted by Ojaswwee Sharma, Director, Rolling Frames Entertainment. He joked about carrying a question slip because Aneesh always has more to say than his questions combined can do. He talked about the book ‘The Inspiring Indian Personalities,’ authored by Aneesh, which has produced over 12 volumes of the series and has also carried a story on Sudesh Sharma, Director of TFT. The books aim at inspiring young hearts into doing work for the society. The editions are distributed free of cost in over 2500 schools and libraries across India.
The books also featured Shiv Kumar Sharma from Chandigarh who has immensely contributed in the higher education of visually challenged people. Being visually impaired himself, Shiv with the help of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik aids for the education of the visually challenged. He says that this work brings him mental satisfaction which is more important than anything in life.
Aneesh shared many trivia about the Bollywood biopic based on Neerja, whom he fondly addresses as Lado. He recalled the moment their mother met SonamKapoor and gave her blessings for the movie. According to him, his mom told Sonam that, “You may be beautiful but my daughter was the most beautiful person.”
He also discussed many anecdotes of bravery shown by Neerja, where she refused to be shut and spoke out her opinions. He said that many proposals for the biopic came but the heart of the family was never into it. However, on the condition that the family will approve the script and dignity of Neerja and flight members be maintained, the family agreed at last.
He said that Neerja always believed that life should be meaningful not long. He also mentioned about the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust, Chandigarh that was set up in honour of Neerja from the insurance amount provided by Pan Am.