Thursday, March 3, 2016

Neerja Bhanot was pretty - but why does this fact make her loss so much more tragic for the public?

So much of the talk among the general public about Neerja Bhanot [and Neerja the movie] focuses on how beautiful/good-looking/pretty Neerja Bhanot was. Most people who've watched the movie frequently say that while Sonam Kapoor has played a good role in the movie, she's nowhere as good-looking as the real Neerja Bhanot. Why this fixation with the beauty of the late airhostess? Whatever Neerja Bhanot did - assuming she really did as much as has been depicted in the movie - was courageous, but is her loss/sacrifice more tragic just because she happened to be very pretty? I don't think so. Would the public have been as much touched and moved had Neerja Bhanot been a fat, short, dark, elderly woman who didn't happen to be good-looking? I don't think so.

Reminds me of how the public and news media were both obsessed with the beauty of Sunanda Pushkar while reporting on her death/killing/murder.