The true-life Gunjan Saxena has responded to the row round her biopic, Sharan Sharma’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Lady, saying that she is making an attempt to clear the mud after “some folks have tried to distort the fundamental founding values of my existence and identification”.
The Janhvi Kapoor movie has been within the eye of storm with the Indian Air Pressure (IAF) writing a letter to the Censor Board objecting to its “undue adverse” portrayal. Quite a few IAF officers, together with Gunjan’s coursemate, Flight Lieutenant Sreevidya Rajan (retd), have claimed that information are being ‘twisted’ by the filmmakers.
Retired Wing Commander Namrita Chandi, in an open letter, had additionally accused the filmmakers of “peddling lies.” She wrote, “Srividya Rajan was the primary woman pilot who flew to Kargil – not Gunjan. Although, I’m sure that Srividya has no complaints about this credit score being taken away from her.”
In her reply, Gunjan wrote on NDTV, “Let me inform readers with utmost conviction and honesty that regardless that cinematic liberties have been exercised in my biopic by the filmmakers, what they didn’t miss or exaggerate was me, the true Gunjan Saxena. I admit with out hesitation that I’ve much more of an iron will and resoluteness than was portrayed within the film.”
The retired flight lieutenant went on to jot down that it “was completely disheartening to see a small group of individuals making an attempt to dent this hard-earned repute with nonsensical rants,” as she talked about the various firsts to her title. The checklist included first within the order of advantage throughout fundamental and helicopter coaching, the primary lady to fly in a fight zone, the primary ‘BG’ amongst ladies helicopter pilots and the primary lady officer to endure the jungle and snow survival course.
She additionally took a dig at an article that claimed that she was not the primary lady pilot within the Kargil Warfare and that the movie is ‘peddling lies’. “Now, for all of you studying this absurd propaganda and ranting over the “peddling of lies”, there’s a humble submission. The creator, claiming to guard the picture of the IAF for no matter vested pursuits or hidden agenda, is questioning the very authenticity of the Air Pressure’s stand in 1999 after the Kargil battle.”
Speaking about the best way gender bias has been portrayed within the movie, Gunjan wrote, “After I joined there was no discrimination on the organizational degree. However sure, individually, no two persons are the identical and a few people adapt to alter higher than others. Because the bias isn’t at an organizational degree, the experiences of various lady officers could be completely different. To disclaim it utterly speaks of a feudal mindset and undermines the grit of girls Officers. I additionally combated the difficulties of prejudice and discrimination by the hands of some people for being a lady. However because it was by no means on the organisational degree, I acquired equal alternatives on a regular basis.”
She additionally responded to a senior journalist’s critique of the movie. “It’s artistic license, which is actually not with me however with the makers of the film. However the intention of the film was to encourage folks to chase their desires with hope and positivity, the best way I chased mine. The whole storyline was based mostly on the theme of my journey, how my desires turned actuality. As I perceive, the movie was by no means meant to be a documentary on the Kargil battle.”