Gunjan Saxena: IAF writes to Censor Board over its negative portrayal in Janhvi Kapoor film


New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF), in a letter addressed to the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, and the streaming platform releasing the film, said that it finds certain scenes in the trailer of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl objectionable. The letter further adds, that while Karan Johar promised to “represent Indian Air Force with authenticity and make all efforts to ensure that the film helps to inspire the next generation of IAF officers”, the trailer tells a different story. The film, starring Jnahvi Kapoor in the lead, premieres today (August 12).

Here is the letter:

“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.”

The trailer of Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil girl was recently released. Directed by Sharan Sharma, the film sees Janhvi in the titular role of India’s first female Air Force officer to enter a warzone. Gunjan Saxena played a pivotal role during the Kargil War of 1999.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is produced under Karan Johar’s banner, Dharma Productions. The film’s shoot was wrapped up in December last year. However, since theatres remain shut due to the novel coronavirus crisis, the makers opted for a digital release.