NCW chief asks filmmakers of ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil girl’ to apologise and stop the screening of the movie

Even after being told by Indian Air Force to delete or modify objectionable scenes, Karan Johar’s Dharma productions has gone ahead without any cuts. This act shows that such type of movie makers care only about money and they can even insult Armed Forces for their monetary gains ! Now it is duty of all patriotic Indians to boycott all such movies and should also demand stringent action against all responsible people who insult our Armed Forces ! – Editor, Hindujagruti

Days after Indian Air Force (IAF) raised objections over untrue portrayal of gender bias in the film Gunjan Saxena, The Kargil Girl, National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma had urged the filmmakers to stop the screening of the Netflix feature film. The movie, based on the life of the ex-IAF officer who was a part of 1999 Kargil war, has been mired in controversy, ever since its release on the digital platform on Wednesday.

Replying to a news report highlighting the fact that the former IAF officer had equal opportunities to perform, Rekha Sharma tweeted, “If that is so, the filmmaker must apologise and discontinue the screening. Why showing something which is portraying our own forces in bad light especially when it’s not true.”

NCW chief had urged ‘real’ Gunjan Saxena to clarify on the controversy

Earlier, on Thursday, the NCW head had demanded clarity from the former IAF pilot on the allegations of ‘gender discrimination’ that has been emphasised in the movie. She wrote, “Being from Army background I can never imagine defence officers behaving like goons. Officer or not, women are always getting their due respect in forces.”

Gunjan Saxena says no gender bias experienced by her in the IAF

August 14, 2020

Gunjan Saxena(Source: India Today)

A day after the Indian Air Force wrote a letter against Netflix movie ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ for the “undue negative” portrayal of its work culture in the movie, the real life Gunjan Saxena has come forward and opened up about her experiences serving in the Indian Air Force as compared to what has been depicted in the film. Gunjan said that her superiors, colleagues and commanding officers all supported her in the Air Force.

The growing rate of women officers in the IAF is a testament to its strong values and ethos !

– Gunjan Saxena

Speaking to IANS, Saxena extolled the culture at the Indian Air Force, saying that it was the training and the strong ethos of the Indian Air Force which provided her with the courage to do all the extraordinarily courageous accomplishments she is associated with. She also added that it was just her, all the women officers from all branches of the Indian Armed Forces who have served or are still serving in the organisation are driven by the strong values and rich cultural ethos of the Air Force.

“Yes, as a commercial movie or as a work of fiction, the film has tried to capture my story. But what is beyond any doubt is that doors were opened and opportunities were given and that is also shown in the movie,” Saxena said, who cleared her entrance exam and joined the Indian Air Force in 1994.

Saxena says that there were no impartiality observed at the Indian Air Force and equal opportunities were granted to her and other officers to perform. She added that the rising rate of number of women officers in the Indian Air Force is a testament to the egalitarian policies of the organisation. “This shows that the Indian Air Force, which is a deeply respected institution in the country, has been so progressive and positive about bringing change in itself. So that’s how I would like to address this question,” Saxena said on the question about the gender discrimination faced by her during her initial years in the IAF.

Source : OpIndia

IAF objects to some scenes in ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’, writes to CBFC, Netflix

13 August 2020

Actress Janhvi Kapoor with Ex-Fit Lt. Gunjan Saxena

As per reports, Indian Air Force (IAF) has protested that the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl starring Janhvi Kapoor portrays the work culture in the Air Force in a “negative light” and being discriminatory towards women officers.

The movie is inspired by Flight lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, India’s first female Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone during the Kargil war. The movie is right now being streamed on Netflix.

IAF has written to Dharma Production, Netflix and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

“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,” said  IAF in a letter to CBFC.

Sources said that the letter mentions that as per initial understanding, Dharma Productions had agreed to represent air force with authenticity and make all efforts to ensure that the film helps to inspire the next generation of IAF Officers, said sources.

It said that certain scenes and dialogues in the movie and its trailer, which were forwarded to IAF 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’, Dharma Productions presented some situations that are misleading and portray an inappropriate work culture especially against women in the IAF,” said the letter.

It said that the production house was informed about the objectionable portion of the movie and was advised to delete or modify them. “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,” it said. IAF said that it considers that a mere media plan and disclaimer would not be adequate to prevent the presentation of incorrect facts about the IAF.

Last month, the defence ministry had written to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Information Technology ministry and ministry of Information and Broadcasting to advise production houses to obtain “no objection” certificate from ministry of defence before the telecast of any film, documentary, web series on the Indian army theme.

Defence ministry in a letter to CBFC said that producers may also be advised to ensure that any incident which distorts the image of the defence forces or hurts their sentiments may be prevented. “It has been brought to the notice of this ministry that some production houses making films on Army theme are using content which are distorting the image of the Indian army,” said the letter.

Bollywood’s contineous attemt to insult Indian Army

Bollywood is continuously insulting Hindu Dharma and showing the Indian Army in poor light. Previously,

  • Ekta Kapoor’s ALT Balaji’s webseries, X.X.X Uncensored shows a Lieutenant Colonel’s wife seducing her civilian doctor (saying that the husband is only interested in his drinks and spending time with fellow officers), dressing him up in her husband’s uniform and then spanking him in a role-play (where she addresses the doctor as her husband). She rips open the uniform shirt too.
  • Code M Web series on Amazon Prime shows the Indian Army in poor light. The Indian Army is shown to be indulging in nepotism, castism, corruption, murders and fake encounters targetting a particular community. Every episode maligns the whole institution of the Armed Forces.


HJS and all patriotic Indians demand that,

  • the movie should be banned and stringent action should be taken against producers, directors and actors of the movie
  • to set up a regulatory authority for Web Series (bring all online video streaming platforms under the ambit of a Central Certifying Authority)

Signature Campaign : Appeal to set up a regulatory authority for Web Series !


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