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IAF objects “negative portrayal” in ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’

Gunjan Saxena
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (Netflix)

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has written a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) against the “undue negative portrayal” in the movie ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’, released on Netflix OTT on Wednesday.

In a letter to the censor board, the IAF wrote, “concerns related to the movie’s portrayal of gender bias as an institutional work culture at the IAF.”

The IAF protested the portrayal of the work culture in the Air Force shown in a “negative light” and being discriminatory towards women officers. The IAF has also sent the letter to Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Netflix India.

The movie is a biopic of Flight lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, India’s first female Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil war.

An official statement read, “The Air Force has written a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) objecting to certain scenes in the movie wherein it has been portrayed in an undue negative light.”

“Before the release of the film, the IAF had requested Dharma Productions to modify or delete the objectionable scenes. However, it did not take any action,” the statement stated.

The letter written to the CBFC mentions, “IAF as a service has always ensured that the organization is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity to both male and women personnel.”

As per reports, Dharma Productions earlier informed Air Force that it would portray the organization in positivity which would inspire the next generation.

However, the letter says, “In the aim to glorify the screen character of ‘Ex-Flt Lt Gunjan Saxena’, Dharma Productions presented some situations that are misleading and portray an inappropriate work culture especially against women in the IAF.”

To prevent production houses distort the facts and show negativity in armed force-based movies, the defence ministry last month wrote to CBFC, Information technology ministry, and I&B ministry to advise production houses to obtain a “no objection” certificate from the ministry of defence before the telecast of any film, documentary, web series on the armed force theme.

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