IAF Writes To Censor Board Over Negative Portrayal In Janhvi Kapoor's Gunjan Saxena Biopic

Avya Sharma , 13 Aug 2020
Janhavi Kapoor ( Stll From Gunjan Saxena)
Janhavi Kapoor ( Still From Gunjan Saxena)

The Indian Air Force has issued a letter to the censor board complaining that they have been portrayed negatively in the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. The letter stated that according to the 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.

The letter by IAF, which was accessed by ANI, read—

As per initial understanding, M/s 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 trailer of the movie has been released recently on the OTT platform.

Talking about the trailer and certain scenes in the movie which was forwarded to the officials, the letter further read —

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. In the aim to glorify the screen character of Ex-Fit 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 Air Force further added that, as a service, it has made sure “that the organisation is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity to both male and women personnel.”

The letter also mentioned that the production house was earlier informed about the objectionable part of the films and were asked to either delete or modify the same. However, the scenes were not deleted. Instead, the organisation was proposed a media plan. The production house suggested a disclaimer in the film.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl starring Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi among others was premiered on Wednesday on Netflix.

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