16/02/2016 2:56 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

'Neerja' Has Touched My Heart, Says Karan Johar

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MUMBAI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 10: Bollywood actor and producer Karan Johar during the promotion and trailer launch of movie Kapoor & Sons at PVR Juhu, on February 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Kapoor & Sons is an upcoming romantic comedy directed by Shakun Batra and produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. The film is scheduled for release on March 18, 2016. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- Filmmaker Karan Johar says he is touched by the story of Neerja and feels it is the best performance by Sonam Kapoor in her career so far.

"The film Neerja is Sonam's career's best performance, she is outstanding. Shabana is a legend and there is no actress like her. It is an empowering story. I would want every mother and daughter to watch this film," Karan told reporters here at the screening of Neerja.

Neerja is based on a real incident during the hijacking of the Pan Am Flight 73 at Karachi airport in 1986, where Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant, gave up her life in order to save 369 passengers.

"It is a fantastic film. Everyone cried in the film... It is a brave story of a brave girl. I have seen lot of biopics, but very few stories touch your heart and Neerja is one such story," Karan said.

Karan's next directorial venture is Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

As of now, he is looking forward to the release of his upcoming home production Kapoor and Sons.

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