The Indian Air Force has complained that the recently released Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl portrays the branch in a negative way, but why?
Netflix’s latest biopic, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is an incredibly inspiring story and a brilliant movie that I would highly recommend watching yourself.
However, it appears that not everyone has enjoyed the high-flying film as much as I did, with the Indian Air Force lodging a formal complaint against the Netflix movie.
What is Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl about?
The movie is a biopic of Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, who was the first female pilot to fly combat scenarios for the Indian Air Force.
Ms Saxena played a vital role during the 1999 Kargil War, airlifting over 900 troops from the conflict zones in Cheetah helicopters.
She received the Shaurya Chakra for her role in the war, a military decoration awarded for distinguished valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice.
Indian Air Force makes formal complaint…
In response to the Netflix movie, the Indian Air Force has written to the Central Board of Film Certification and complained that the branch has been negatively portrayed.
“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.” – Indian Air Force.
The IAF claims that in order to “glorify the screen character of ‘Ex-Fit Lt Gunjan Saxena”, the production team had misled certain situations to “portray an inappropriate work culture especially against women.”
The armed forced branch states that they have “ensured that the organisation is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity to both male and women personnel”.
At the time of writing, it is unclear what, if any, actions will be taken by Netflix or the production team in response to these claims.
However, we highly doubt that any particular scenes would be filmed again, more likely is that a disclaimer will be added to the start of the movie.