18/02/2016 4:44 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Sonam Kapoor Feels Indian Women Are Heroes

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 15: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an exclusive shoot of Hindustan Times) Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor during an exclusive interview with HTCITY, as part of stars in the city series for the promotion of upcoming biographical film Neerja at HT Media Office on February 15, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Neerja is an upcoming 2016 Indian biographical film revolving around the factual hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan specifically focusing on flight attendant Neerja Bhanot. The film was produced by Atul Kasbekar under the banner of Fox Star Studios. This film shows how the young flight attendant fought for the lives of her passengers. The film is scheduled for release on February 19, 2016. (Photo by Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor feels women in both urban and rural areas across the country are the real heroes.

The 30-year-old Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) actress, known for voicing her opinion on gender issues, says women in India are brave and are empowering themselves.

"I feel that women today, here and in India's smaller cities, rural areas and everywhere, are our everyday heroes.

They are bold, brave, standing out and empowering themselves.

They are compassionate, giving and sensitive to the needs of others around," Sonam told reporters here.

She will be seen in Neerja a biopic of Neerja Bhanot, a Pan Am flight attendant who died saving passengers on a hijacked plane.

Sonam said Neerja represents the Indian women, who are ready to face any challenge with courage.

"Neerja as an empowered and brave young woman embodies the characteristics of women today... brave and ready with what life throws at you. This is what Neerja did under an extraordinary circumstance with a resolve and defiance that was parallel to none..."

She was speaking at the inauguration of FICI FLO Film Festival. The three-day event will showcase more than 40 films themed on women empowerment, gender equality and social change.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was present at the event, said movies should be used to spread awareness among people.

"People worldwide, specially in India, love, dream and idolise films. Our lives are impacted by what happens in films. Although one may say that films are based on imaginary stories but mostly they are a reflection of what has been happening in the society," he said.

Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao also attended the event.

Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani, hits theatres on Friday.

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