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Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl caused some controversy ahead of its release. First, the issue of nepotism related to the election of Janhvi Kapoor as part of the Kapoor dynasty, which has been sticking out since the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Second, about the depiction of sexism in the IAF (Indian Air Force) which is considered excessive. Even the original Saxena gossip acknowledged differences. But to think completely wrong is not quite right. Top Movie Site
Several informants stated that (at least in the past) there was discrimination, as well as some confusion regarding how to treat female soldiers. Outside of the IAF, the Indian navy only had female pilots in 2019, and the army aviation division has yet to open its doors. This means that although the accuracy surrounding the conditions of the IAF is debatable, sexism in the military space, which is synonymous with masculinity, is not making it up.
Once upon a time, Gunjan Saxena (Janhvi Kapoor), daughter of a retired military officer with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Anup Saxena (Pankaj Tripathi), dreams of becoming a pilot. Despite her father’s support, her mother (Ayesha Raza Mishra) strongly opposes, while her older brother, Anshuman (Angad Bedi), who is a member of the army, expressed disapproval. “I’m worried about Gunjan’s safety,” he told his father. Don’t we often hear sexism under the guise of such caring? In line with, “Women do not wear sexy clothes, it is dangerous, men can be seduced”.
The script by director Sharan Sharma with Nikhil Mehrotra summarizes various forms of sexism, from the subtle to the overt. The first half brings Gunjan struggling to break down family opposition. She finally managed to become the only woman accepted into the IAF. But the next challenge is much tougher, because Gunjan is faced with stigmas in the military unit. She was alienated from social life, was often late due to the absence of toilets and women’s changing rooms, and did not even have the opportunity to fly because the pilots were worried, “the woman was screaming in fear”. The question, “Who is really afraid?”.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl highlights the fragility of male masculinity, which is summed up perfectly by the protagonist’s punchy line to his boss: “The problem is not my weakness, but your fear. You’re afraid that if I become superior, everyone has to pay respect. That will be the end of your manhood. Throughout the film, you will often find similar quotable sentences. The sentences that are arranged so neatly by the two writers, without losing honesty.
But if this film carries empowerment, why does Gunjan often need men’s help to get out of trouble? I don’t see it as a “men savior” narrative, but a message to privileged holders so they don’t stand idly by. So that as Gunjan said to Anshuman, each individual must change first, so that the world may also change. It should be noted, Gunjan does not depend on it. If the world doesn’t give it a chance, it creates the opportunity itself, just like when it created an impromptu dressing room. However, there are doors that are impossible to enter in a world full of injustice. Here, it is the duty of Anup and Commander Gautam Sinha (Manav Vij) to open the door as privileged owners.
Making his directorial and writing debut, Sharan Sharma, who was previously assistant director Karan Johar, proved his ability to speak military-flavored emotional dramas. His air sequence, culminating in a mission in the Kargil War (1999), was executed fairly solidly. At least, managed to avoid the artificial impression.
As a scriptwriter with Nikhil, Sharan follows the signature winning formula of Bollywood, wherever the issues raised are sure to boil down to the family sphere. Gunjan fights not only for himself, for his father, and unconsciously, for all Indian women. These are women who “only” want to realize their dreams, then contribute to changing the face of the country.
The song lines contain uplifting arrangements and lyrics that are suitable for building a positive mood of hope, while Sharan shows off his ability to direct warm moments. Of course the ranks of players made a big contribution. Pankaj always reconciles, not only for Gunjan, but also for the audience. Meanwhile, Janhvi will make the audience sympathize and believe that he is Gunjan Saxena the talented pilot. Was the Janhvi election a form of nepotism? Most likely so. But does he deserve this role? Of course! Movie Review