Retired Wing Commander IK Khanna, who says he trained the first batch of woman pilots in the Indian Air Force, has claimed that much of what was depicted in the Netflix film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, particularly about the IAF, is inaccurate.
There have been allegations against the producers for distorting facts since the movie has been delivered. Now another officer has took hit on Gunjan Saxena, saying, “It’s far from the truth.” Khanna further raises problems over the producers and questions them, asking whether the script was shared with anyone in the IAF. “If so, was it approved in its present form, and by whom? A film like this releasing when the IAF has moved on to induct women pilots in the fighter stream is bad timing and taste,” Khanna wrote in an article. He also censured the arm wrestling scene in the film.
Recalling the year 1994, when the IAF embraced it’s first set of woman pilots at Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Khanna said, “The station was planning to receive the women in the same way as it would have received a batch of trainee men. There were subtle changes made. No one had to run to their room to change, as shown in Gunjan Saxena.”
Earlier, Sandhya Suri, who was among the first woman officers to serve on a warship, had slammed Gunjan Saxena for being a promotion medium for Janhvi Kapoor. She said that the film does not depict the real nature of Gunjan.