'Neerja' makers want the film to be tax-free

Mumbai: Since its release on February 19, "Neerja" has received an overwhelming response in its opening weekend. Now, director Ram Madhvani says that he would like the film to be tax free. "We would very much like that the film be made tax free so that stories like 'Neerja' can reach to maximum people and more people can remember her," Madhvani said.  Photographer-producer Atul Kasbekar reiterated Madhvani's statement.  "Neerja will definitely get tax-free but please understand that the procedure is followed state-wise. It's not that one application will work for all states. And whether it will be tax-free or not, the decision is taken only after some time of film release," Kasbekar said. "Neerja" is a biopic on the life of Neerja Bhanot who sacrificed her life while saving passengers on board hijacked Pan Am flight 73. Actress Sonam Kapoor has essayed the role of Neerja.  Talking about her stance on whether the film should be made tax-free, Sonam said: "I just want people to watch the film. And with that intention, I feel Neerja is going to be tax-free soon." “Neerja” also features Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravjiani and Yogendra Tiku.