In what could add to the trouble of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has written to the censor board complaining against its “undue negative portrayal” in the movie “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”.
The film directed by Sharan Sharma stars Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar, Manav Vij and Ayesha Raza Mishra. The movie is releasing on Netflix today.
IAF registers complaint
The IAF in its letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has stated that as per initial understanding, “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.”
However, when the trailer of the movie was released recently, it was observed that “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.”
The letter has been also sent to Netflix and Dharma Productions.
Contents of the letter
The letter written by the IAF and accessed by a news agency reads, “In the aim to glorify the screen character of ”Ex-Flt 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.”
Film based on first woman pilot in IAF who was part of Kargil war
The story of the Dharma Productions movie is based on the first Indian Air Force woman pilot who was part of the 1999 Kargil war.
Gunjan Saxena, who is one of the first female pilots to fly in combat, played an important role in rescuing injured soldiers during the Kargil War and was awarded the gallantry Shaurya Vir Award for displaying courage during the war.
IAF is gender-neutral
In the communication, the Air Force said that as a service, it has ensured “that the organisation is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity to both male and women personnel.”
IAF has also annexed the summary of the scenes and dialogues of the script, which are considered objectionable due to the presentation of incorrect gender bias with the letter.
Dharma Productions refused to delete objectionable portions
The IAF also stated in the letter that the Karan Johar-owned Dharma Productions 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 it proposed a media plan in the run-up to the release and insert a disclaimer in the movie.”
The Air Force stated that it feels that a mere media plan and disclaimer would not be adequate to prevent the presentation of incorrect facts about the IAF.
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