IAF objects its negative portrayal in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
IAF objects its negative portrayal in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.The highly-anticipated biopic ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’, based on an Indian Air Force pilot of the same name, released today on Netflix. According to the reports the IAF does not seem to be too happy with the way the forces have been portrayed in the movie.
The IAF has now written to the Central Board of Film Certification objecting to some scenes and complained against the “undue negative portrayal” of the force in the movie.
In its letter to the censor board, and to Netflix and Dharma Productions, the Air Force said that as per their initial understanding “Dharma Productions had agreed to represent the Indian Air Force with authenticity and make all efforts to ensure that the film helps to inspire the next generation of IAF officers”.
However, after the trailer of the movie released, the IAF observed that “certain scenes and dialogues in the movie and its trailer, which was forwarded to this office for viewing, have been found to portray the IAF in an undue negative light”.
“In the aim to glorify the screen character of ‘Ex-Fit 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,” the letter written read, according to news agency ANI.
The move revolves around Saxena, the first Indian Air Force woman pilot who took part in the 1999 Kargil War.
Saxena, one of the first female combat pilots of India, played an critical role in rescuing wounded soldiers during the war in 1999. For her exemplary courage, she was awarded the Shaurya Vir gallantry Award.
The Air Force said that as a service, “it has ensured that the organisation is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity to both male and women personnel”.