‘Gunjan Saxena’: Indian Air Force objects to its negative portrayal in this Janhvi Kapoor starrer; writes to CBFC & Netflix

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has objected to its ‘negative portrayal’ in Dharma Productions recently released film ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’. IAF has already sent letters to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Netflix and Karan Johar‘s Dharma Productions.

The IAF has raised objections to its ‘undue negative portrayal’ and being shown as discriminatory towards women officers. Read on know what all concerns they have raised.

According to an ANI report, the Indian Air Force as per their initial understanding has stated in its letter, “Dharma Productions had agreed to represent Indian Air Force (IAF) with authenticity and make all efforts to ensure that the film helps to inspire the next generation of IAF officers.”

Certain scenes and dialogues in the movie and its trailer, which was forwarded to this office for viewing, have been found to portray the IAF in an undue negative light, ” IAF observed this post the trailer release of the film. “In the aim to glorify the screen character of ‘Ex-Fit Lt Gunjan Saxena’, M/s Dharma Productions presented some situations that are misleading and portray an inappropriate work culture especially against women in the IAF,” their letter further stated.

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IAF even claimed that their organisation is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity to both male and women personnel. They further stated that they had informed Dharma productions about the objectionable portions and had advised to delete or modify the same however the production house merely inserted a disclaimer in the movie which according to IAF won’t be adequate.

Earlier the Defence Ministery had written to the Information Technology ministry and ministry of Information and Broadcasting to advise production houses to obtain “No Objection” certificate from ahead of the telecast of any film, documentary or web series based on the Indian Army theme.

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