The Indian Air Force (IAF) has voiced its concerns over the final cut of Karan Johar’s ‘Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl’ branding it “misleading”.
In an open letter, IAF said that Johar had promised authenticity but the film portrays the IAF in a negative light.
The full letter read:
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.
Major Gaurav Arya also tweeted:
It is also filled with lies.
Women officers are treated with utmost respect in IAF.
Please don’t malign the Armed Forces just because you want to sell your film.
— Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) (@majorgauravarya) August 12, 2020
‘Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl’ is available on Netflix.