Janhvi Kapoor is being lauded for her performance in her latest Netflix release, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. But looks like the revered Indian Air Force (IAF) is not very happy with the way Karan Johar and Dharma Productions have shaped up the film. Here’s what has happened.
In a letter written to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Netflix, the Indian Air Force has made their displeasure loud and clear. The IAF has said that while Karan Johar had claimed to represent the IAF in true light, there is a lot of unnecessary negative portrayal of IAF officers.
The letter that has been sent by the IAF in context to the Janhvi Kapoor starrer reads, “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.
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.
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. The summary of the scenes/ dialogues of the script, which are considered objectionable due to the presentation of incorrect gender bias, is annexed.
It is pertinent to highlight that the Production House was informed about the objectionable portion of the movie and was advised to delete/modify the same. However, the Production house has not deleted the scenes but had proposed a Media plan in the run up to the release and inserting a disclaimer in the Movie. This HQ considers that anmere Media plan and Disclaimer would not be adequate to prevent the presentation of incorrect facts about the IAF.”
(Inputs from ANI)
Meanwhile, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl features Janhvi Kapoor playing the titular role of Indian Air Force’s first ever woman pilot who went to war. The film also features Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar Singh and Manav Vij in pivotal roles.
The film released on the streaming giant Netflix today.