A movie that inspired us: GUNJAN SAXENA: THE KARGIL GIRL

A movie that inspired us: GUNJAN SAXENA: THE KARGIL GIRL
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Directed by: Sharan Sharma

Produced by: Dharma Productions and Zee Studios

Starring: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi


Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil  Girl, is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language biographical film on one of the first Indian air-force pilots in combat, the story is set in Lucknow in 1984, where a little girl Gunjan shows her fascination towards air planes and in a childish fit declared that she will be a pilot one day. But her passion was not childish she was determined towards achieving her dreams, as a woman in that time she had to face the society and its limitations, but the inspiration still remains how she fought against all odds to reach her goals.



Prejudices surrounding women: This movie has portrayed the prejudices surrounding women a very realistic way as women have always been conceived to be submissive and silent and not be vocal about their desires, choices and to curb their wishes as women are supposed to only look after their families, even in the movie Gunjan was expected to learn housework and when she expressed her desire to become a pilot, she was gossiped about and tag lined ‘the spoilt girl.’ Women till date have been subjected to prejudices created by the society men and women equally, but Gunjan managed to be the first one to bring a change.

Feminism: Gunjan Saxena is shown to have a feminist father, who continually encourages her to pursue her dream of becoming a pilot, but is judged and disliked by the society and the rest of the family, then it was very rare to find a man who would support a woman’s independence, and the minority who did very belittled. All through he movie we could see that the air beneath Gunjan’s wings was her father, who is a true example of a feminist who supported his daughter in her attempt to be a pilot. He invested a great deal of time, money and energy into helping his daughter do what she likes, he even borrowed a loan against his house to fund her education and when she failed for the first time due to a physical requirement, he tirelessly worked towards overcoming it. Pankaj Tripathi has done a fabulous job portraying the feminist father.

Patriarchy: The Indian society is known to be patriarchal in nature since the oldest of times, women have been dependent on men, and men have dominated not just women but their entire families. It is basically how men always lead he family. Gunjan Saxena is shown to have a patriarchally dominant brother who believes being a combat pilot is not a girls job, and tries to dominate his way into prohibiting her from being a part of the war. Gunjan has been assigned the rescue duty in the Kargil war where her brother, an army office was present too, but his patriarchal influence and orthodox belief that men need to protect women lead him to say that “main humesha tumhein bachane paas nahin rahunga.” which leaves us thinking about how this kind of thinking even existed, it is one thing to appreciate how the character of her brother evolved by the end, and Gunjan also eventually proved herself.

But to conclude we must appreciate the fact that this movie even when being a biography touched many sociological perspectives including and not limited to gender discrimination and workplace discrimination, all these aspects have been portrayed very beautifully and in a very inspirational way to the all the young girls out there to pursue their dreams and all the social issues mentioned have been worked over showing great evolution. all actors have done spectacular work and the entire effort is commendable and highly inspiring.


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