GUNJAN SAXENA: THE KARGIL GIRL [REVIEW]

Shruti Tharmia   August 14, 2020

Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) had tweeted: Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl on @netflix has some extremely negative portrayal of @IAF_MCC. It is also filled with lies. Women officers are treated with utmost respect in IAF. Please don’t malign the Armed Forces just because you want to sell your film.

“Jai Hind, Officer Saxena” says Major Anshuman (Angad Bedi) to his sister, IAF officer Gunjan Saxena (Janhvi Kapoor) in the climax of the film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. In just four words, Major Anshuman summarises the epic journey of Gunjan Saxena.

Gunjan Saxena biopic is currently released on Netflix on August 12 featuring Janhvi Kapoor as the leading lady. This is her second performance after Dhadak in 2018 and she did her best in this film. Co-produced by Dharma productions, Janhvi Kapoor did play her role honestly and gave a concrete performance as an Airforce pilot. Apart from Janhvi, Angad Bedi, Pankaj Mishra delivered their roles brilliantly.

However, the movie had some critics. Somewhere, it degrades the dignity of Indian Air Force and Officer Gunjan. IAF shoots letter to the censor board objecting to its ‘undue negativity portrayal’ in the movie.

Here are the reasons why: the movie is about IAF at least the salutes should have been proper. Indian defence does not make difference between male and female. In a scene, officer Gunjan is told by the male officer-‘Tumhe barabari ka mauka nahi dena’, while IAF never discriminated on the basis of gender in reality. In another scene, officer Gunjan asks for toilet but the male officer says, ’no Toilet for women as we don’t accept them’, while IAF provides best facility to women in reality! In another scene Officer Gunjan keeps getting targeted by male officer over her physical strength and gender, while in reality IAF denied and claimed no male officer can harass a female officer! Such are the drawbacks of the movie.

The makers didn’t reveal the budget yet but it would be around 35 to 40 crores. This film has earned a profitable return through online medium and it might have sold to 30 to 35 crores from the OTT platform.