Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Biopic of India’s Female Pilot Revolves With Controversies

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Biopic of India’s Female Pilot Revolves With Controversies

Produced by Dharma Productions, Gunjan Saxena has become the major hotshot of controversies throughout India. As soon as the biopic released on an OTT platform, a few ex-IAF officers have come forward to clear the picture for the public. 

Many people from IAF have strongly condemned the wrong portraying of facts and conduct in IAF. They say right from the story to factual details of the real-life events have been distorted just for the sake of promoting the protagonist of the movie, Janhvi Kapoor. 

Recently, Sandhya Suri, one of the women officers who served in the warships said- “The story it seems has been distorted to promote one person, who is none other than Janhvi Kapoor,” Source: News 18. 

She continued and said- “As an officer, I refused to watch the film because its initial portrayal in the trailer was wrong as they projected Gunjan to be the first woman officer to fly in the Air Force, which is a wrong fact. Next, the way she has been shown ragged and abused projects the armed forces in a bad light. It never happens the way it has been shown,” Source: News 18. 

Surprisingly, Sreevidya Rajan, one of the ex-officers from IAF shared her brutal thoughts on the movie on her Facebook account- “Dharma productions latest movie,” Gunjan Saxena the Kargil girl” has attracted a lot of mixed views from our fellow officers and friends. As the only other lady officer posted at Udhampur along with Gunjan Saxena and having gone through the ups and downs of the journey, now I would like to put forward my views.” Source: Facebook.

“We are course mates and had undergone our training together in AFA and HTS. Both of us were posted to Udhampur in 1996, but in the movie, it was shown that she was the only lady pilot posted at the unit. Since the two of us were the first lady pilots to be posted to that helicopter unit, we were sceptical about our acceptance in the male-dominated niche area of flying. We were received with the usual preconceived notions and prejudices from a few colleagues. However, there were enough officers to support us.” Rajan added. Source: Facebook. 

She concluded her words with- “We probably were given this fame because of our gender, which I do not support. In defence services, there is no disparity between male or female. We are all officers in uniform.” Source: Facebook.

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