Retired Wing Commander Namrita Chandi, who served in the Indian Air Force with Gunjan Saxena, has composed an open letter condemning the film’s portrayal of the IAF. Contrasting perspectives have developed on the issue of the film’s portrayal of sexism noticeable all-around airforce.
In her letter, distributed on Outlook, Namrita Chandi expressed, “I have myself served as a helicopter pilot and I have never faced the kind of abuse and maltreatment as was portrayed in the movie. In fact, men in uniform are true gentlemen and professionals,” She composed that she prepared together with Gunjan, and saw “each other under the most exceedingly terrible of conditions.” She composed that both her letter and the film, which she depicted as ‘enormous’, have little to do with Gunjan.
She accused Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, and its ‘penny awful’ authors for showing each and every individual who has served in the ‘proud blue uniform in very poor light’. While she concurred that at first, “there were early stage struggles like no changing rooms or women toilets,” at no time was she caused to feel awkward. Indeed, every so often a portion of her ‘brother officers’ would stand monitor outside while she changed.
Namrita additionally blamed the filmmakers for “peddling lies.” She expressed, “Srividya Rajan was the first woman pilot who went to Kargil – not Gunjan. However, I am sure that Srividya has no bad things to say about this credit being detracted from her.”
She finished with a message for actor Janhvi Kapoor, who played Gunjan in the film. “Lady, let me advice you, please, never again do a film of this kind if you are a proud Indian woman. Stop showcasing Indian professional women and men in such poor light.”
The IAF had complained to the Central Board of Film Certification and Dharma Productions about its ‘undue negative portrayal’ in the film, which delivered on Netflix on August 12.