Posted on August 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

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Ex-IAF Pilot: I was 1st lady to fly in Kargil, Gunjan Saxena factually wrong

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Janhvi Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi starrer Gunjan Saxena has been embroiled in controversy ever since it released on Netflix.

Gunjan Saxena
Gunjan Saxena

A few days ago, the Indian Air Force had written to the Censor Board objecting to its ‘undue negative’ portrayal in the film.

Now, Gunjan Saxena’s fellow pilot Sreevidya Rajan wrote a lengthy Facebook post.

Theroic climax Janhvi Kapoor starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl never actually happened.

Sreevidya Rajan with Gunjan was the only other lady officer posted at Uddhampur in 1996.

She wrote that as first lady pilots, they were skeptical about their acceptance.

“We were received with the usual preconceived notions and prejudices from a few colleagues. However, there were enough officers to support us,” she wrote.

She further explained that their flying began within a few days of their arrival.

It was never interrupted or cancelled for petty reasons as wrongly portrayed in the movie.

“We never faced any humiliating physical strength demonstrations as shown in the movie. We were never ill-treated or humiliated by our fellow officers,” she wrote.

Sreevidya Rajan further stated that Gunjan Saxena was not the only lady pilot to fly in Kargil operations, as shown in the movie.

“This is factually incorrect. We were posted together to Udhampur and when the Kargil conflict started, I was the first woman pilot to be sent along with the male counterparts in the first detachment of our unit which deployed at Srinagar. I flew missions in the conflict area even before Gunjan’s arrival at Srinagar. After a few days of operation, Gunjan Saxena came to Srinagar with the next set of crew,” she wrote.

The makers have shown as part of cinematic license.

She also wrote that Gunjan is a good friend. She believes the filmmakers have twisted facts given by Gunjan, simply for the sake of publicity.

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