Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’
Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Viineet Kumar, Manav Vij, Ayesha Raza Mishra
Director: Sharan Sharma
Duration: One hour 57 minutes
Where to Watch: Netflix
Critics’ Rating: 3.5 out of 5
‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl‘ Story:
Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena (Janhvi Kapoor) makes history in her journey from aspiring aviator to India’s first female combat pilot in the Kargil War.
‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl‘ Review:
There is a scene in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl where Janhvi Kapoor’s character asks her onscreen father (Pankaj Tripathi) that is she being a traitor to the country in the name of her dreams as she just wanted to fly planes. She says ‘The Air Force needs pilots who are patriots.’ Her loving father asks her to show her sincerity towards her job and she will automatically become a patriot. This scene has a deeper meaning and related in today’s times too. Back in the 90s when India was inching towards the 21st century, gender issues were prominent. Male or a female, pilots are called pilots only, not easy for many to understand.
Gunjan’s household has so many issues with a sunkissed feminist father, who is the wind beneath the wings of the young girl aspiring to touch the skies. Her father was an army man, son follows the steps and joins the army but how can daughter dream of that? This question is asked by her Dada played by Angad Bedi, who becomes the voice of the ‘log kya kahenge?’ world.
But the support of her father makes her give everyone a deaf ear until she becomes IAF Officer and enters the man’s world (miniature boy locker room) lead by Viineet Kumar Singh. It showed the harsh reality of gender equality making men fear of losing their respect. However, the captain of Udhampur Air Force Station played by Manav Vij doesn’t care about the gender unless Gunjan thinks it as an issue. She likes his strictness which made her become the top officer which is a hindrance to the rest of the team.