Star solid: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar Singh
Director: Sharan Sharma
Score: Two stars (out of 5)
All the pieces else in Gunjan Saxena appears in any other case alright – an inspiring story of a younger lady chasing a seemingly inconceivable dream, an endearing father-daughter relationship to heat the cockles of your coronary heart, and creditable performances by the star solid. However why has it tarred the Indian Air Drive to be a extremely misogynistic place on the pretext of cinematic liberties?
Ideally, Karan Johar’s Gunjan Saxena ought to have been an ideal feel-good movie, a riveting work of cinematic artwork primarily based on a unprecedented story of a gritty lady who breaks the glass ceiling to have the ability to dwell her childhood dream on a turf historically overrun by males.
In any case, it’s — or no less than it’s deemed to be — a biopic of a former flight lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, the primary lady fight pilot of the Indian Air Drive whose heroic sorties made her a hero throughout the 1999 Kargil battle towards Pakistan. However the movie falls wanting expectations, largely due to Bollywood’s all-too-familiar proclivity to make use of the ‘cinematic licence’ to make a large number of an inspiring actual life story.
A Lucknow lady Gunjan Saxena, performed by Janhvi Kapoor, aspires to turn into a industrial pilot for the sheer pleasure of flying an plane, not for any patriotic feelings. Inspired by her father, portrayed by a superb Pankaj Tripathi, she chases her dream till she makes it to the Indian Air Drive regardless of dealing with all odds in a patriarchal society. Her military man brother (Angad Bedi) tries to speak her out of becoming a member of a service “not protected for ladies” however she sticks her neck out.
The narrative progresses nicely until Gunjan reaches the air base for her coaching. That’s the place Bollywood’s hoary predilection for stereotypes with cardboard characters comes into full or foul play. That isn’t shocking, although. Barring an occasional Chetan Anand‘s Haqeeqat (1964) or J.P. Dutta’s Border (1997), Hindi cinema has not often finished justice to the films primarily based on the armed forces as far as correct presentation is worried. On this movie, too, the director Sharan Sharma and the writers Nikhil Malhotra and Sharran Kumar) appear to have conveniently forgotten the contribution of the Indian Air Drive in shaping the future of Gunjan and in serving to her attain the place no different lady had gone earlier than. If one goes by the movie’s model, the IAF had discovered her promising sufficient to let go of the important eligibility criterion of top in order to facilitate her entry within the power.
And but, the Air Drive base has been depicted within the movie as if it had been a boys-only faculty hostel the place youngsters ogle at Pamela Anderson’s posters, sway to the beats of Choli ke peeche kya hai, crack sexist jokes and wish solely males who can arm-wrestle with each other, or, of their phrases, “solely those that can shed blood, not tears” to hitch their ranks Worse, there is no such thing as a rest room and a change room for the ladies on the air base. And they’re speaking right here concerning the late 1990s!
True, there’s a customary disclaimer initially that it’s a fictional account, and that artistic cinematic freedom has been taken whereas adapting this story. But when in any respect it’s a fictional account, why has it been publicised as a biopic of Gunjan Saxena? Why was it not known as Gurpreet Saxena or one thing like that?
The issue with Bollywood is that it needs to have one of the best of each worlds. They wish to money in on the recognition of a preferred determine by making a biopic but additionally interpolate fictional masala to make it a commercially overcooked undertaking. That leaves the viewers in a repair on the subject of distinguishing the actual fact from the fiction in such movies. Going by what’s proven in Gunjan Saxena, the viewers has each cause to consider that the poor woman pilot had no place to vary her uniform within the sprawling air base, the place all her male colleagues seemed on at her predicament with misogynistic glee on their faces. Come on, Bollywood, IAF deserves higher than this Gunjan Saxena!
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