‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’: Meet the real life star Janhvi Kapoor

‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’
Janhvi Kapoor with Gunjan Saxena

Netflix’s Indian conflict drama ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ narrates the gritty, inspirational story of fearless Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, who grew to become the primary Indian feminine Air Force officer to fly within the Kargil War in 1999.

At the peak of the armed battle between India and Pakistan that passed off within the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere alongside the Line of Control (LOC), Pakistani troopers fired at any Indian Army helicopter or aircraft they may spot. 

The then-25-year-old flying officer, posted at Udhampur, Saxena grew to become the primary girl to enter the fight zone in Kargil. She wrote historical past with the pivotal function she performed within the conflict, altering the established order within the Indian Air Force. 

In 2016 in an interview with Indian information channel NDTV, Saxena mentioned she was one of many three flying officers who have been commissioned as India’s first three girls fighter pilots. Their mission was to evacuate injured Indian Army troopers caught within the conflict zone. She recounted the time from over 20 years in the past. “I think it is the ultimate feeling that you can ever have as a helicopter pilot. That was one of our main roles there — casualty evacuation. I would say it’s a very satisfying feeling when you save a life because that is what you’re there for,” she had mentioned.

In one other latest interview, she recalled the way it felt to learn about her function all these years in the past and the way it was a turning level in her life. “The moment I came to know that I was part of the operation when my flight commander told me that I’d be joining my colleagues in Srinagar… that is something I will always remember.”

Born into an Army household in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Saxena all the time knew she needed to fly excessive. But at a time when Indian girls weren’t even driving automobiles on the roads, how did Saxena go on to develop into the primary feminine fighter pilot? 

Directed by Sharan Sharma, Netflix’s ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ tells this very story of braveness and keenness. The biopic stars Janhvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena and portrays Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Manav Vij and Vineet Kumar Singh in pivotal roles.

One of the primary folks to play a job in pushing Saxena to comply with her goals was her father. Graduating from Hansraj College in Delhi, she cleared the doorway examination and joined the Indian Air Force in 1994. In the e-book ‘Kargil: Untold Stories From The War’ written by Rachna Bisht Rawat, the writer elaborates how Saxena flew Cheetah helicopter at heights near 18,000 ft to carry troops, carry supplies to the frontlines and evacuate greater than 900 casualties in addition to many fallen heroes.

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And whereas she is now retired after serving a tenure of seven years, she has set an instance for hundreds of feminine pilot aspirants. The Indian Air Force at the moment has greater than 1,600 girls officers. 

Gunjan Saxena launched on Netflix on August 12, 2020, to know extra:

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