The real-life Gunjan Saxena has now responded to the row around her biopic saying that she is trying to clarify after “some people have tried to distort the basic founding values of my existence and identity.”
In her reply to Retired Wing Commander Namrita Chandi’s letter, Gunjan wrote on NDTV, “Let me inform readers with utmost truthfulness and honesty that even though cinematic freedom was exercised in my biopic by the filmmakers, what they did not miss or exaggerate was me, Gunjan Saxena. I admit without contradiction say that I have even more of an iron will than was portrayed in the movie.”
Gunjan Saxena went on to write that it “was disheartening to see a group of people trying to harm the hard-earned reputation with nonsensical rants,” as she mentioned the many firsts to her name.
She also took a dig at an article that claimed that she was not the first woman pilot in the Kargil War and that the film is ‘Selling lies’. “Now, for all of you reading this absurd propaganda over the “peddling of lies”, there is a humble truth. The author, claiming to protect the image of the IAF for whatever personal interests or hidden agenda, is questioning the very truthfulness of the Air Force’s stand in 1999 after the Kargil war.”
She also responded to a journalist’s critique of the film. “It is creative license, which is certainly not with. But the movie intended to inspire people to follow their dreams with hope, the way I chased mine. The entire storyline was based on my journey, how my dreams became a reality.”