Neerja Bhanot, AC (Punjabi: ਨੀਰਜਾ ਭਨੋਟ; Hindi: नीरजा भनोत; 7 September 1963 – 5 September 1986), was a purser for Pan Am, based in Mumbai, India, who was shot and killed while saving hundreds of passengers on board a Pan Am plane which terrorists had hijacked – Pan Am Flight 73 – on 5 September 1986. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra. Born in a Punjabi family in Chandigarh, she was brought up in Mumbai. Neerja Bhanot had a successful modelling career, simultaneously working as purser at Pan Am. Her life and heroism inspired a biopic in the form of Ram Madhvani’s Neerja .