Janvhi Kapoor starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl released on August 12 on streaming-giant Netflix. The makers of the film decided to take an OTT route due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The much-awaited film of this year is garnering mixed reviews from the audience and also the critics.
However, ahead of the premiere of the Janhvi Kapoor starrer, the Indian Air Force (IAF) wrote to the Central Board of Film Certification to object the undue negative portrayal of the IAF in the movie. The letter sent to CBFC mentioned that Dharma Productions had assured to authentically represent IAF and make every effort to ensure it inspires the next generation of IAF officers.
Furthermore, after the trailer was released and the original clip was submitted for screening, and it was found that certain scenes and dialogs displayed IAF in a negative light. The letter obtained by the ANI News reads, “In the aim to glorify the screen character of ”Ex-Flt Lt Gunjan Saxena”, M/s Dharma Productions presented some situations that are misleading and portray an inappropriate work culture especially against women in the IAF.”
It also mentioned that the organization is gender neutral and has always offered male and female personnel equal opportunities. The letter also specifies that Dharma Productions was been told of the objectionable material.
They were informed of the objectionable part of the film and advised to delete/modify the same. The production house, however, did not delete the scenes but introduced a media plan in the run-up to the release and incorporated a disclaimer into the film
The plot of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is inspired by the real-life story of a young fearless officer who made it into the history by becoming the first Indian female Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil War. The brave-hearted woman was later bestowed with Shaurya Chakra.