“Gunjan Saxena”: Karan Johar in trouble for showing Indian Air Force in poor light

16th August 2020

16th August 2020

Rekha Sharma, chief at National Commission for Women (NCW) has asked the Dharma Production and makers of the film, “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl” to apologise and to stop featuring the movie on Netflix or any other medium.

The movie has become a matter of controversy and is receiving much criticism because the Indian Air Force (IAF) has claimed it shows them in poor light and have accused IAF of misogyny, gender bias, and harassment of women.

In the movie, the chief protagonist Gunjan Saxena is shown to be biased against by her fellow male Indian Air Force seniors besides other discrimination.

IAF had asked the Dharma Productions to delete or modify the dialogues and scenes in the movie that portrays a negative image of the IAF but no such action was taken.

After the release of the movie on Wednesday on Netflix, IAF has written a letter to Netflix, Central Board of Film Certification, and Karan Johar-owned Dharma Productions to stop the screening of the movie.

The movie is based on the journey of the first women IAF pilot, Gunjan Saxena, and describes her role in the Kargil war of 1999.

When NCW asked former IAF pilot Gunjan Saxena to clarify the allegations made by the movie on Indian Armed Forces. Gunjan made it clear that she was treated with respect in IAF by all the officers and always given equal opportunities.

Retired Wing Commander Namrita Chandi has written a letter to the filmmakers about the negative portrayal of IAF and Indian Armed Forces in the movie. In her letter, Namrita has rejected all the negative portrayals in the movie on the Indian Armed Forces. According to her, all the officers treat women with all due respect whether they are officers or not.

In her letter, published in Outlook magazine, Namrita Chandi wrote: “I have myself served as a helicopter pilot and I have never faced the kind of abuse and maltreatment as was portrayed in the movie. In fact, men in uniform are true gentlemen and professionals.” She described the movie as “monstrous.”

Gunjan Saxena cleared her entrance exam for IAF in 1994. At that time there were only a few women officers but now the number of women officers is rising in IAF. She clarified that she never felt any impartiality in her years of service.

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