Uh-oh. It’s not looking too hot here for Netflix. Gunjan Saxena, being one of the most prominent names after its film, has been criticized because of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and the streaming giant.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl has been controversial ever since the release of the trailer of distorted events centered around the life of retired the Indian Air Force (IAF) officer and the 1999 battle with Pakistan.
Now, the controversies first arose when watchers of the film noticed a handful of factual errors. During the trailer, it showed rampant sexism in the IAF being that the Service is one of the first to ever to give roles to women in the defense scene.
It was so negatively received that the IAF actually wrote to the Central Board of Film Certification about the “undue negative portrayal” of the Netflix film.
“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,” the IAF’s letter to the CBFC read.
With this, multiple military personnel, both serving and those retired, criticized the film openly.
So much for a “fitting tribute to every ‘Bharat Ki Beti’ who dares to dream big and fly high in the sky,” am I right? Now the movie has been hailed to be a “national embarrassment.”
As for fact-checking, retired Wing Commander I.K Khanna wrote an article about the first batch of seven women pilots arriving in the Air Force Station and Yelahanka, Bangalore, in July 1994. Meaning, Gunjan Saxena didn’t become the first woman pilot to join the IAF in 1999. Considering that the movie already portrayed Saxena to become the first woman pilot, Flight Lieutenant in Srividya Rajan said she was assigned to Udhampur base, and that she’s the first woman to fly in Kargil.