Gunjan Saxena accuses Jhanvi Kapoor’s biopic as “peddling lies”

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is a biopic by Jhanvi Kapoor. This ia a biopic of Gunjan Saxena, one of the first few Indian woman to fly in a combat zone.

The real-life Gunjan Saxena responds on her biopic, Sharan Sharma’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, saying that she is trying to clear the dust after. “some people have tried to distort the basic founding values of my existence and identity”.

Retired Wing Commander Namrita Chandi, in an open letter. had also accused the filmmakers of “peddling lies.” She wrote, “Srividya Rajan was the first lady pilot who flew to Kargil – not Gunjan. Though, I am certain that Srividya has no complaints about this credit being taken away from her.”

In her reply she writes, “Let me inform readers with utmost conviction and honesty that even though cinematic liberties were exercised in my biopic by the filmmakers, what they did not miss or exaggerate was me, the real Gunjan Saxena. I admit without hesitation that I have even more of an iron will and resoluteness than the film portray in the movie.”

Talking about the way gender bias in the film, Gunjan wrote, “When I joined there was no discrimination at the organizational level. But yes, individually, no two people are the same and some individuals adapt to change better than others. Since the bias is not at an organizational level, the experiences of different woman officers would be different. To deny it completely speaks of a feudal mindset and undermines the grit of women Officers. I also combated the difficulties of prejudice and discrimination at the hands of a few individuals for being a woman. But since it was never at the organisational level, I got equal opportunities all the time.”


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