Gunjan Saxena the kargil girl controversy

IAF writes a letter to CBFC, Netflix over “negative portrayal” in “Gunjan Saxena”

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Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, the much-awaited Bollywood movie is streaming on Netflix. The film is inspired by Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, India’s first female Air Force officer to fly in a war zone during the Kargil War.

This is not a review of a film, but rather, it is about an issue that many would have seen during the trailer.

Letter to the CBFC by IAF

The Indian Airforce has written a letter to the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Netflix, and Dharma Productions objecting to its “undue negative” portrayal in the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, said a senior officer.

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The letter reads, “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.”

Moreover, the letter said, “In the aim to glorify the screen character of ‘Ex-Fit Lt Gunjan Saxena’, Dharma Productions presented some situations that are misleading and portray an inappropriate work culture especially against women in the IAF.”

The IAF has also attached a synopsis of the screenplay scenes and dialogues to the letter, which is considered objectionable due to the presentation of incorrect gender bias.

The Indian Airforce in the letter also mentioned that “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 letter also states that “Karan Johar’s company Dharma Productions was told about the objectionable part of the film and advised to remove/modify it. 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.”

Same controversy during the movie ‘Dangal

During the film Dangal starring Aamir Khan, the same incident happened when the portrayal of Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat’s coach in the film showed negative. 

It seems that Bollywood does not care about anyone’s real-life or dignity; they all want entertainment in the film, and if they take it to create someone’s false image, they might give it a shot.

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And Bollywood makes up for all this by doing a 10-second disclaimer at the beginning of the film, which makes them feel that after this, no person will have any trouble.

But maybe they forget that their two-hour movie is bigger than 10 seconds disclaimer, which people will keep in mind more thoroughly. And finally, the wisdom that is said by our elders, “What is seen, is sold.”

Written by Shrey Srivastava, a Journalism graduate from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. He writes for Politics, Education, and International affairs.

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