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Here's what celebrities, critics and fans are saying about Janhvi Kapoor's Netflix film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 13, 2020 5:42:43 pm
gunjan saxena janhvi kapoor stillsJanhvi Kapoor plays the title role of Gunjan Saxena in the Sharan Sharma directorial.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is finally streaming on Netflix. The film is inspired by the real-life story of Gunjan Saxena, India’s first female Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil War. It stars Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Viineet Kumar, Manav Vij and Ayesha Raza Mishra among others. Directed by Sharan Sharma, the biopic has jointly been produced by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios. The film’s trailer gave a glimpse of the gender discrimination which Gunjan had to face during her early days at the Indian Air Force, her dedication to become a pilot and the support of her father. In a video released by Netflix recently, the real Gunjan Saxena shared that she did not understand why someone wanted to do a biopic on her life. “I wasn’t really convinced as to why someone would want to do a movie on my life. You have lived your life so you don’t find it exciting. It’s exciting only when someone else looks at it,” she said.

In a PTI interview, Janhvi said she personally felt very close to the story as it talks about hope. “It is an important story and it should reach people. I think it is a story of hope. This story, meeting Gunjan ma’am and spending time with her has reinstated my belief in myself. I hope it impacts people the way it impacted me,” she said. The actor added that the father-daughter relationship shown in the film is its real heart and her dynamic with Pankaj Tripathi translated on the screen. “I got a chance to learn from him, to talk to him about his work and movies. I was very excited. Gunjan ji looks up to her father and idolizes him and that’s how I look up to Pankaj ji. Even on the sets, I would watch him perform and seek his guidance. Basically, we had a similar relationship off camera.”

Talking about the instance when Janhvi’s real father Boney Kapoor called him after watching Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Pankaj told PTI, “Boney ji sent me a message late in the night. He was very emotional after watching the film. He wrote, ‘You are a better father to Janhvi than me’. It touched me.”

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17:42 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Our verdict: Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is a mixed bag. What’s nice is the restraint, and lack of fuss with which the film is done. Trumpets don’t blast our ears every time there’s a sortie, even though Gunjan does get her backlit ‘Top Gun’ moment, as she strides out to the field from the hangar, uniformed and ready to go. The difficulty of being a lone female amongst a bunch of young men, bristling under the pressure of having to salute a woman, or having to watch their tongue, is all there. But staying away from high-pitch shouldn’t come off as lack of drama: even as the film follows its required beats, with Gunjan struggling against the standard ‘fauji’ what-are-women-doing-here misogyny, training and finally being able to take off, fighting off the enemy and rescuing injured colleagues, it stays a tad too sedate. We see Gunjan flying into peril, but our hearts are never in our mouths. Read more

17:28 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Angad Bedi to Neha Dhupia: Thank you for being my backbone

Angad Bedi wrote on his Twitter, "I saw your reaction while I sat next to you to watch it. The impact it had on you.. I silently knew we were on the right track. @NehaDhupia thank you for being my backbone.. I love you."

17:18 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Neha Dhupia in love with Angad bedi's role in Gunjan Saxena film

Neha shared a photo of husband Angad bedi from Gunjan Saxena biopic and wrote, "Lookin at you #anshumansaxena 😉 @angadbedi .. #gunjansaxena #thekargilgirl 👊... I loved every bit of it ... congrats @janhvikapoor @pankajtripathi @angadbedi @karanjohar @apoorva1972 @sharansharma @vineet_ksofficial @manavvij ❤️❤️❤️."

17:03 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Gunjan Saxena director Sharan Sharma: Relied on my instincts as first-time filmmaker

As a debutant filmmaker, Sharan Sharma believes he had the advantage of relying on his instincts and going by “only what felt right”. “The advantage of being a first-time filmmaker is that you don’t know too many things. You rely on your instincts. So whatever felt natural, we followed that. We did not design the tone. It came from Gunjan ma’am,” Sharma told PTI in a Zoom call. Read More

16:37 (IST)13 Aug 2020
It was a great experience working on this movie: Vineet Kumar Singh

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl actor Vineet Kumar Singh shared his look from the film and wrote, "It was a great experience working on this movie and now the journey is almost at an end. Over to you."

16:06 (IST)13 Aug 2020
'Jhanvi Kapoor was excellent'

@SharzTweets posted, "It inspires you. It will motivates you to achieve things even it is dealt with hardships. Brave tale of a girl who fought Kargil. #JhanviKapoor was excellent and she emoted too gud. Writing, direction excels. Pour some love to thisHeart suit #GunjanSaxena #GunjanSaxenaTheKargilGirl."

15:50 (IST)13 Aug 2020
'Felt so inspired'

Dr Nilesh Deore posted on his Twitter account, "Watching #kargilGirls wid my daughter.When #GunjanSaxena denied briefing. My 6 yrs old asked me why she is denied. I told that her teacher feels she is 'weak'. do u think so ?She said no way. Girls can do anything like boys ! Felt so inspired ! Our society has changed so much!"

15:15 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Sanjay Kapoor's daughter Shanaya enters Bollywood with Gunjan Saxena biopic

Sharing a photo, Sanjay Kapoor wrote, "I am so glad that Shanaya started her journey in this beautiful world of movies as an assistant director with you @sharansharma , You are an Extremely talented director and A super human being too , loved #gunjansaxena , looking forward to your next ! #gunjansaxena streaming now on #netflix"

15:00 (IST)13 Aug 2020
'Really really liked Gunjan Saxena'

@Harneetsin tweeted, "I really really liked #GunjanSaxena. Loved the quietness & restraint. Loved how it makes the right noise without being OTT. So much ठहराव in Jahnvi Kapoor’s performance. Pankaj Tripathi aces the EveryGirl’s Dad role. Great job Sharan Sharma, Team Dharma & Team #KargilGirl. "

14:31 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Janhvi Kapoor shares photo of Sridevi
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It is Sridevi's 57th birth anniversary. Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl actor Janhvi Kapoor shared a photo with the caption, "I love you mumma."

14:06 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Pankaj Tripathi: I have become a better human being after working in Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl

In a candid chat with, Pankaj Tripathi: some light on playing the progressive father Anup Saxena, working with Janhvi Kapoor and Boney Kapoor’s reaction after watching Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. He shared, "I saw the film in its rough cut. I wanted to watch it with the audience when it released. You become part of some stories thinking the audience will like it, while some you do because you like it even if you aren’t sure about the audience’s feedback. Gunjan Saxena was a story that I thought everyone would like. It’s a beautiful film written with simplicity and is also entertaining. I wish to see more fathers like Anup Saxena in our society. I have become a better human being after doing this role." Read more

13:37 (IST)13 Aug 2020
'Celebrate the story of a brave girl'

@The_Lazy_Man shared, "An inspiring story of #GunjanSaxena Those who are boycotting this movie, keep aside it for a moment & celebrate the story of a brave girl who has dream to touch the sky with glory & her father’s support to achieve it. #GunjanSaxenaTheKargilGirl #BharatKiBeti."

20:48 (IST)12 Aug 2020
'The father-daughter relationship seemed so real'

@Vishnuanumula1 shared, "#GunjanSaxenaTheKargilGirl is thoroughly inspiring and emotionally resonating. Jhanvi did justice to her role. The father-daughter relationship seemed so real because of @TripathiiPankaj sir's natural acting. I agree with @Imangadbedi bhai on pointless hatred. Recommended watch."

20:38 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Apurva Asrani slams trolls

Apurv Asrani shared via twitter, "You have every right to dislike or to not watch #GunjanSaxena. But to call Jahnvi Kapoor filthy names & to make fun of her performance in a film you haven't even seen, is downright cruel. You are witch-hunting an innocent 23 year old, who recently & tragically lost her mother."

20:27 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Watch the Story Behind Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

The real Gunjan Saxena, in a video shared by Netflix, talked about the experience of flying and shared that once you are in the pilot’s seat, 'the machine will not know whether a man is flying it, or a woman is flying it.'

20:18 (IST)12 Aug 2020
The Indian Air Force (IAF) writes to Censor Board

IAF has written a letter to the Censor Board objecting to its “undue negative” portrayal in the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, said a senior official. "The IAF has written a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) objecting to certain scenes in the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl wherein it has been portrayed in undue negative light,” he shared. Read more

20:01 (IST)12 Aug 2020
'Pankaj Tripathi is the magician'

"#GunjanSaxena on @NetflixIndia is an inspiring story well told. It takes off in low height never really soaring in the sky inspite of potential. @TripathiiPankaj though is the magician which saves it from crashing making it a good 1 time watch," tweeted @proneetD.

19:44 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Pankaj Tripathi on his role in Gunjan Saxena: I want the world to have more such fathers

"It’s a very important role in my career because the way I am or want to be as a father, the film represents that. ‘Mujhe gunda, mawali bana dete hai’ (I often get villainous roles). But playing Anup Saxena was close to what I am in real life with my daughter or aspire to be. I want the world to have more such fathers," Pankaj Tripathi told PTI in a Zoom interview. Read more

19:34 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Pankaj Tripathi plays a doting father in the Gunjan Saxena film

'Zameen- aasmaan ka farak sirf woh jaane jo aasmaan ko choone ki himmat dikhaye," wrote Pankaj Tripathi sharing a clip from Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.

19:19 (IST)12 Aug 2020
'Best work of 2020'

@neeljoshiii tweeted, "Speechless. Amazingly made movie, goosebumps throughout. You CAN NOT miss this movie. An amazing dialogue - Patriotism is not just by shouting Bharat mata ki jay, but by working sincerely in your field, for the country. Best work for 2020. #GunjanSaxena #GunjanSaxenaReview."

This is the first time in her short career that Janhvi Kapoor will be seen portraying a real-life character. Gunjan Saxena, the daughter of an army officer, was asked by the Indian Air Force to fly in Srinagar and rescue her contemporaries when the India-Pakistan war escalated in 1999. She was later honoured with the Shaurya Vir award by the Indian government for displaying exemplary courage during wartime. Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl was supposed to have a theatrical release on April 24 this year. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film has opted for a digital release.

Speaking on the depiction of patriotism in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and how the makers have majorly tried to stick with Gunjan's real life, Janhvi told PTI, "After talking to Sharan and meeting Gunjan ma’am, I also felt that though she is a national hero, she did not set out to be one. She just wanted to pursue her dream, and through that she did so much for the country and its daughters. Her agenda was simple and honest. That’s the lesson and the takeaway I hope people have from the film. There are ways of being patriotic. Everyone loves their country whether they shout it out or not. Working hard, silently and honestly is also a way to be patriotic."