Whether it is the 90s or the current decade, women have, time and again, faced criticism, setbacks, and been subjected to a society that doubts their capabilities because of their gender. And like always, women have refused to let the “You can’t do it!” comments govern their strong will and silenced misogynistic naysayers, just like Janhvi Kapoor can be seen doing in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, whose trailer was recently released. The soon-to-be-released film will depict the inspiring journey of Gunjan Saxena, the first female Indian Air Force pilot to serve in a combat zone
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl‘s trailer begins with the high aspirations of young girl, Gunjan Saxena, who looks at planes with the dream of flying them one day. While her mother, her young brother, and the narrow-minded society asserts that a girl can never become a pilot, her father, played by Pankaj Tripathi, explains to her that “whether a woman or a man fly the plane, they are called pilots”.
The trailer progresses to an adult Gunjan Saxena (Janhvi Kapoor) declaring that she wants to become a pilot for Indian Air Force. What begins as derision from her brother soon progresses to insulting contempt from her peers at the Indian Air Force Academy as they look down upon her for being a woman daring to step into a male-dominated world. Before her, IAF had never commissioned female pilots- a fact she is reminded every step of the way.
Hurt but determined, she rallies on till her moment to shine comes- the 1999 Kargil War, which needed its best pilots, irrespective of their gender.
Directed and co-written by Sharan Sharma, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl will narrate the real-life story of Gunjan Saxena, who along with Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan, displayed exceptional bravery during the Kargil War and rescued many soldiers. She eventually went on to become the first woman to be awarded the Shaurya Chakra for her acute courage and resilience during the war.