Lock Down Review 9: Gunjan Saxena-The Kargil Girl
Janhvi Kapoor debuted the film industry with 'Dhadak'. She has chosen a film based on real-life for her second attempt. 'Gunjan Saxena' is the biopic of India's first female combat pilot of the same name. Janhvi put in a lot of effort to play the role of Gunjan Saxena and she has undergone pilot training for authenticity. Let us have a look at the review to find out the merits and demerits of the film.
Gunjan Saxena(Janhvi Kapoor) is born into an Army family in Lucknow. She loves flying and her dream is to become a pilot. Her father Anup Saxena(Pankaj Tripathi) supports the daughter's career choice but her mother, brother does not support her. Even after joining the IAF training academy, she has to face several challenges with male domination and other practical issues. How Gunjan conquered all those hurdles and how she is able to come out of the patriarchal mindset of the people around her forms the rest of the story.
Janhvi Kapoor has done a decent job as Gunjan Saxena. Pankaj Tripathi played the supportive father character very well. Angad Bedi has also has played his part well as an overprotective brother.
Director Sharan Sharma chose to present the film as the journey of a girl who realizes her dream with sheer determination against all odds rather than the heroics of Gunjan Saxena on the war field alone. He is successful in his attempt. The Kargil war episode is limited to a brief period. Cinematographer Manush Nandan's work is captivating. The background score of John Steward is good but the songs by Amit Trivedi are just passable.
Not So Effective Kargil Episode
Many people expect Gunjan Saxena as a war based film but it is not. It is the journey of a girl who goes after realizing her goal despite many challenges hurdles in her way. The director chose to focus more on the continuous struggle of Gunjan Saxena to prove herself an able pilot in comparison to the male colleagues. He addressed the point beautifully as she had to put double the efforts to prove herself. The Kargil episode is not so effective if we compare it with films like 'URI'. On the whole, the movie turns out to be a decent film that shows the difficult journey of Gunjan Saxena to succeed in a Man's world.