“Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”- A Woman Full of Passion And Stubbornness, Faces Challenges Boldly; The Sadness of Janhvi’s Eyes is Disturbing in the Film    I     Netflix

“Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”- A Woman Full of Passion And Stubbornness, Faces Challenges Boldly; The Sadness of Janhvi’s Eyes is Disturbing in the Film I Netflix

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The film is based on the incredible real-life of former Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena. The story highlights the gender discrimination between Gunjan Saxena’s (Jahnavi Kapoor) struggle and valor. Gunjan Saxena, popularly known as ‘Kargil Girl’, was awarded the Shaurya Veer Award in 1999 for showing exemplary courage during the Kargil War.

Image Credit: Gunjan Saxena/ Netflix

Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Manav Vij

Writer: Nikhil Mehrotra, Sharan Sharma

Director: Sharan Sharma

Music: John Stewart Eduri, Amit Trivedi

Streaming Platform: Netflix

Release date: 12 August 2020

Running time: 112 minutes

Genre: Biopic, Drama

Language: Hindi

After ‘Raat Akeli hai’ on Netflix, ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ has been released. This is the second film out of 17 new Netflix projects. Jahnavi Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi starer this film has been launched on the screen from the real life of Gunjan Saxena.

Biopics are in trend nowadays and after ‘Shakuntala Devi’, it is the turn of the film ‘Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl’ which is the story of India’s first Airforce pilot Gunjan. Who saved many lives in the 1999 Pakistan-India war. The special thing of the film is that, like the rest of the war-based films, the slogan of patriotism has not been chanted nor Gunjan’s love affair has been shown. So far, Karan Johar, who has made films on marriage, romance, youth, this time his company and team have tried very hard to make something different.

Image Credit: Gunjan Saxena/ Netflix

This movie made for theaters is released on Netflix. Without any drama and chili-spice, the film throws light on the story of Gunjan becoming a pilot and the problems she handles during this time. Talking about Hollywood, a lot of films have been made on the Airforce. In Hindi films, a lot of films have been made in the Army. Only select films have been made on the Airforce such as Hindustan Ki Kasam, Winner, Agnipankh, and Maus.

‘Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl ‘ reminds somewhat of Shashi Kapoor and Rekha’s 1982 film’ Vijeta ‘and Hrithik Roshan’s 2004 film’ Lakshya ‘. The film is not a sloganeering of the Kargil war, but the story of a woman officer’s success and how Gunjan succeeds by dealing with him without speech.

Story-Line: The story of the film begins with (Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl) Kargil War which directly reaches the class tenth results of Gunjan (Jahnavi Kapoor). The housemates are shocked to hear that Gunjan Saxena has to become a pilot, the brother, and the whole family cries for her to be a girl. But Gunjan does not lose courage. Then one day the opportunity opens up for a female pilot in the Indian Air Force and Gunjan Saxena arrives to try her luck. There, she faces difficulty to get approved because of her short height and weight. Gunjan crosses that barrier as well, but after that, there is no less challenging being a woman among men. In this way, the director has shown the life of Gunjan Saxena well and has not even tried to pull the film.

Image Credit: Gunjan Saxena/ Netflix

Review: In society, conservative ideas about boys and girls have been going on for centuries like a mountain. There are many fields in which it is already believed that men excel in them. When women step into those areas, they get many attempts to munch their wings. It is not uncommon for women that no matter how perfect they are, they have to face sexism. Women athletes are often asked which male athlete do they like? Are women able to perform amazingly in sports? This and all such things happen.

Gunjan Saxena, a resident of Lucknow, broke one such misconception in the 90s. She became a pilot in the Indian Air Force. She did this when feminism was not so dominant. For the first time in 2016, a female fighter pilot was commissioned in the Air Force. This did not happen before. This path was prepared by Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena and Srividya Ranjan. In 1999, former helicopter pilot Gunjan, at the age of 24, went on to become the first female combat warrior who flew with a cheetah helicopter above the war zone in Kargil. They were assigned tasks such as locating enemies’ bases, delivering food items, and medical evacuation.

Image Credit: Gunjan Saxena/ Netflix

Pankaj Tripathi plays Gunjan’s father in the film. The story of Gunjan, who belongs to the army family, is also worth seeing because there was never any discrimination in the family. Her dreams were always supported.

Gunjan had to fly a plane since childhood and she did it. The retired father of the army kept Gunjan equal to the son.

Story of war without words: This is the first film of director Sharan Sharma and he has served the story of the film in an interesting way. Sequences of aerial warfare are shown with much laziness. Moving away from the war sequences of ordinary films, the work of the Air Force is shown in a very deep but simple way in this film.

The acting of Jahnavi Kapoor’s eyes: Jahnavi Kapoor has acted in the film with her own eyes. If Sridevi were alive today, she would be proud of her daughter. Gunjan’s troubles, hesitation has let her manage to present a strong personality. Jahnavi has very little dialogue and she tells the story of the film only by speaking very little.

Image Credit: Gunjan Saxena/ Netflix

On-screen Father-daughter’s unique relationship: This film has managed to show the special relationship of a father and daughter on screen. Actor Pankaj Tripathi made Gunjan’s father and an army officer’s role memorable with his effortless acting. Like there is a scene where Gunjan has to lose weight to pass the Air Force exam and Pankaj i.e. Gunjan’s father makes actress Rekha his inspiration. When Gunjan comes home frustrated, instead of giving a lecture, he takes her to the kitchen and tells the price of the flour of life.

Film on ideology about women in defence Forces: Gunjan’s mother’s role did not emerge. At the same time, the ideology of not understanding Gunjan’s character, that is, Angad Bedi’s brother. Thinking shows why women could not succeed in defence forces. After finishing the fight of her house Gunjan reaches When Airforce Academy, Udhampur. She has to fight there for being a woman. But her dream gives her the strength to fight every difficulty.

Image Credit: Gunjan Saxena/ Netflix

 

Gunjan’s biographical sensitivity: You feel in the biography of Gunjan Saxena in the movie. Where in the film Shakuntala Devi, the story was turned into a gimmick. In Gunjan Saxena, the writer-director of the film has not let this sensitive part go anywhere. Actors Vineet Kumar Singh and Manav Vij have also done justice to their characters in Jahnavi’s journey to becoming an Air Force Officer.

The dialog of the films such as:

‘आंसू बहाने से अच्‍छा पसीना बहा लेते हैं’

&

‘जो मेहनत का साथ नहीं छोड़ते, किस्‍मत उनका साथ नहीं छोड़ती’

As the dialogue is from very basic, so could not leave much effect.

 

Songs in Film:

  • Bharat Ki Beti- Arjit Singh
  • Asmaan Di Pari- Jyoti Nooran
  • Dori Tutt Gaiyaan- Rekha Bhardwaj
  • Dhoom Dhadaka- Sukhwinder Singh
  • Rekha O Rekha- Nakash Aziz
  • Mann Ki Dori- Armaan Malik
Image Credit: Gunjan Saxena/ Netflix

Acting: Sharan Sharma has made his film debut as a director. He has sincerely portrayed gender inequality on the screen. He has used the discrimination against Gunjan in the Air Force not as exploitation, but as the beginning of a discussion. Although, the film also fills you with patriotism’s passion and pride. Jahnavi has done full justice to her character. She also fits into this role according to her age. Vineet Singh is in the role of Wing Commander. Angad Bedi and Vineet are on one side of the film and Jahnavi is on the other. Everyone has made it memorable.

Direction: In this nearly two-hour film, Sharan Sharma has shown us what he wants to show us. He does not make Gunjan venerable in the film, but rather brings out her valour. Kargil is an integral part of the story of the war film and meanwhile, the pilot’s training, the helicopter story, the battle scenes, the director have a lot to show and Sharan Sharma has done fantastic work in the 1 hr 52 minutes runtime. The film has the work of the American Ariel Coordinator Mark Wolf. Mark has previously done the same thing for series like Mission Impossible and Star Wars.

Image Credit: Gunjan Saxena/ Netflix

The focus of the entire team is on the training techniques of the Air Force Pilot. The portion of the SSB Selection Center is also interesting. Kargil is recycled in Georgia, where aerial shots are well taken. Manush Nandan, who has done camera work in films like ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’, has made the film beautiful. The film is very successful in keeping engaged in the last half hour. The beautiful relationship and learning of the father-daughter have also been put on the camera. Despite all this, the film remained a bit tight.

Rating:

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Utkarsh Thakur

A big salute 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️ to real life @GunjanSaxena and her courageous story of bring in change is an inspiring real life story while living her dream…she joined as first Pilot Officer in IAF and was part of Kargill war…

Debby

Nice piece!

Kraz

I was waiting for this film for so long. Your review was commendable. 👏

Ashish

Nicely reviewed seems to be a good movie

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Anthony Garland

A great review I must say.

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