Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena is a must-watch for all the working women out there
Gunjan Saxena Movie Review
Director Sharan Sharma brings 2020’s Indian Hindi-language biographical film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl on 12 August 2020. The film is produced under Dharma Productions and Zee Studios. The film sees Janhvi Kapoor in the lead role of Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena, the first Indian female air-force pilot in combat, alongside Pankaj Tripathi and Angad Bedi in supporting roles.
The film is about Gunjan Saxena’s journey, and her contribution to the Kargil War. Gunjan Saxena’s valuable contribution to the war is known to all, which made her the first woman Shaurya Chakra-awardee. Principal photography of the movie began in February 2019 while the whole thing winded up in October. The movie was picked up for distribution by Netflix due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director: Sharan Sharma
Genre: Hindi Language Biographical Film
Release Date: 12 August 2020
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: Dharma Productions, Zee Studios
Starring: Janhvi Kapoor, Riva Arora, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi Aaryan Arora, Manav Vij, Vineet Kumar Singh, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Chandan K Anand
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Gunjan Saxena Movie Review
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, is all about the inspiring story of Gunjan Saxena, that is very clear from the title. But director Sharan Sharma succeeded in stating not only the story we expect, but the story that is hidden inside and needs to be explored. He also throws light on the overall story of Gunjan Saxena which includes her struggle of becoming the first Indian female air-force pilot.
The movie starts with the narration to the past in 1984, where a young Gunjan is on a plane with her brother. It is here that she sees a cockpit for the first time, and where she is told “Yahan baithne ke liye aapko pilot banana padega”. And so, the little girl decides to become a pilot. The movie is impressively elevated by a chunky screenplay, impressive direction and cinematography supported by powerful performances.
Talking about the characters, Janhvi Kapoor is convincing as the 24-year-old Gunjan. She is good if we talk about emotional sequences but what she lacks is while doing anger sequences. Overall we can see the real Gunjan Saxena eyes when she faces her first rejection and the tears of joy in her eyes when she gets selected for the Indian Air Force. There’s no doubt that Janhvi captures our attention whenever she is on the screen but some scenes need room for improvement.
On playing the role of Gunjan Saxena, Janhvi in one of her interviews said,
It is an important story and it should reach people. I think it is a story of hope. This story, meeting Gunjan ma’am and spending time with her, has reinstated my belief in myself. I hope it impacts people the way it impacted me.
Pankaj Tripathi is as always simply an endearing supportive father. His presence brings a delight on the screen and you cannot miss his every emotion. Angad Bedi, as Gunjan Saxena’s brother, is seen delivering an admirable and fabulous performance. While others, including Ayesha Raza Mishra as Janhvi’s mother, Manav Vij as the encouraging boss and Vineet Kumar Singh as a senior officer do full justice to their roles.
Nevertheless, the movie is the perfect pick for the ones who fight silent battles, every day. Again one should watch the movie if he/she needs to be redirected towards achieving their goals. Without refusing the movie is a must-watch for all the working women out there.
Director Sharan Sharma, in his directorial debut with this film, captures the original emotion that is rare for an Indian biographical film to show people.
Gunjan Saxena Movie Trailer