Gunjan Saxena reacts to allegations that his biopic “peddles lies”: “He is trying to tarnish a hard-earned reputation through senseless tirades”.
Gunjan Saxena reacted to the controversy surrounding his biopic “Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl” by stating that “a small group of people (are trying) to tarnish this hard-earned reputation through senseless tirades”.
The real Gunjan Saxena has responded to the controversy surrounding her biopic, Sharan Sharma’s Gunjan Saxena: Sharan Sharma’s Kargil’s Girl, saying that she is trying to set the record straight after “some people have tried to distort the basic values of my existence and identity.”
Janhvi Kapoor’s film is in the eye of the storm because the Indian Air Force (IAF) wrote a letter to the censorship office complaining about the “unduly negative” portrayal. Several IAF officers, including Flying Officer Sreevidya Rajan (retired), Gunjan’s classmate, said the facts were “distorted” by the filmmakers.
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Wing Commander (retired) Namrita Chandi had also accused the filmmakers of “peddling lies” in an open letter. She wrote: “Srividya Rajan was the first pilot to fly in Kargil, not Gunjan. Although I am sure Srividya is not complaining that this credit is being taken away from her.
The retired Flying Officer went on to write that “it was absolutely discouraging to see a small group of people trying to damage this hard-won reputation by meaningless diatribes”, while mentioning the many firsts in his name. The list includes the first place in the order of merit in basic and helicopter training, the first woman to fly in a combat zone, the first “BG” among female helicopter pilots and the first female officer to take the jungle and snow survival course.