Mumbai: The Indian Air Force (IAF) in writing to the Central Board of Film Certification complained against its “inappropriate negative portrayal” in the film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, which is scheduled to release on Netflix today.
In its letter to the Censor Board and sent to Netflix and Dharma Productions, the Airforce stated that as per initial understanding, “Dharma Productions had agreed to represent the Indian Air Force (IAF) with authenticity and All efforts were made to ensure that the film helps inspire the next generation of IAF officers. ”
However, when the trailer of the film was recently released, it was observed that “some of the scenes and dialogues of the film and its trailer, which were sent to this office for viewing, portrayed the Indian Air Force in an unfairly negative light. “
The letter, written by the Indian Air Force and accessed by ANI, read “To glorify the screen character of ‘Ex-Fit Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena’, M/S Dharma Productions presented certain situations which are misleading and have an inappropriate work culture. Especially against women in the Indian Air Force.”
The story of the Dharma Productions film is based on the first Indian Air Force female pilot who was part of the 1999 Kargil conflict.
The letter also states that Dharma Productions, owned by Karan Johar, was told about the objectionable part of the film and was advised to remove/modify it. Although the production house has not removed the scenes, it has proposed a media plan. Put a disclaimer in the run-up for release and in the film.
“In view of the above, the issue of grant of NOC for the release of the movie will be considered after deleting or suitably modifying the scenes in order to cater to the observations mentioned,” the Air Force stated.
Saxena, one of the first female pilots to fly in the war, was instrumental in rescuing wounded soldiers during the Kargil War in 1999 and was awarded the Bravery Shaurya Veer Award for her courage during the war.
(With ANI Inputs)