Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl movie
Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Angad Bedi, Manav Vij
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, a biopic of the first female fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force, finally streamed on Netflix. The movie is inspired by the real-life story of Gunjan Saxena, the first female officer in the Indian Air Force to fly into a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil War.
The film is a biographical film of the first female officer in the Indian Air Force to serve in combat and did not emerge from the skies but from the barracks. Here, Gunjan (Janhvi Kapoor) must prove that he is as capable and courageous as any other man. Heads turn as Gunjan walks through the corridors of the air force base where she is stationed. The place is not built for women, there is not even a separate bathroom beyond your bedroom.
Gunjan’s flight commander, Dileep (Vineet Kumar Singh), warns his male companions to behave well in his presence because “Miss Badlav” is here. Dileep doesn’t mean it as a compliment.
Dileep is just the latest of Gunjan’s naysayers. Before wearing the colors of the air force, Gunjan has to overcome internal and external doubts. Detractors include his brother Anshuman (Angad Bedi), himself a soldier, and his mother Kirti (Ayesha Raza Mishra). But Gunjan’s father Anup (Pankaj Tripathi) is loving and forward-thinking.
Directed by Sharan Sharma, the biopic has been jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios. The script, by Sharan Sharma and Dangal co-writer Nikhil Mehrotra.
The film featured feminism as a topic of discussion rather than nationalism, which is basically the narrative of films with a warm undertone. Sharan showed the moments with great honesty and the harsh reality that Gunjan must have witnessed while making his mark as an IAF pilot.
Gunjan Saxena: Kargil Girl was supposed to have a theatrical release on April 24 of this year. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film has opted for an OTT release.