IAF Writes To Censor Board Over “Negative Portrayal” In “Gunjan Saxena- The Kargil Girl”

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Jhanvi Kapoor plays the lead role. (Source: Twitter)
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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has written a letter to the Censor Board making an objection of showing “undue negative” portrayal in the Bollywood film “Gunjan Saxena- The Kargil Girl”. The movie began to stream on Netflix from Wednesday.

The film is based on the story of IAF officer Gunjan Saxena who became the first woman pilot to take part in the 1999 Kargil war. It has been produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

“The IAF has written a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) objecting to certain scenes in the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl wherein it has been portrayed in undue negative light,” the official said.

Here is the letter:
“As per initial understanding, M/s Dharma Productions had agreed to represent Indian Air Force (IAF) with authenticity and make all efforts to ensure that the film helps to inspire the next generation of IAF Officers. The trailer of the movie has been released recently on the OTT platform.

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.

IAF as a service has always ensured that the organisation is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity to both male and women personnel. The summary of the scenes/ dialogues of the script, which are considered objectionable due to the presentation of incorrect gender bias, is annexed.

It is pertinent to highlight that the Production House was informed about the objectionable portion of the movie and was advised to delete/modify the same. However, the Production house has not deleted the scenes but had proposed a Media plan in the run up to the release and inserting a disclaimer in the Movie. This HQ considers that anmere Media plan and Disclaimer would not be adequate to prevent the presentation of incorrect facts about the IAF.

Major Gaurav Arya also took to Twitter to highlight the same. His tweet read, “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl on @netflix has some extremely negative portrayal of @IAF_MCC. It is also filled with lies. Women officers are treated with utmost respect in IAF. Please don’t malign the Armed Forces just because you want to sell your film.”

The film made under Dharma Productions is already facing heat on social media. The fans haven’t really appreciated the Jhanvi Kapoor’s acting who plays the lead role.

Pankaj Tripathi has played Jhanvi’s father’s role and his acting has been getting a lot of praise.

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