Amid 'Gunjan Saxena' backlash, ex Army Officer tweets IAF's 1994 letter stating it won't induct women

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl starring Janhvi Kapoor is based on Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena who became the first Indian woman to fly in a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil War.
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Janhvi Kapoor starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl dropped last week on Netflix and has since then made noise on social media for a number of reasons. While some have lauded the film and called it thoroughly entertaining, the Indian Air Force wrote a letter to the Censor Board objecting to its "undue negative" portrayal in the movie. The film is based on Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena who became the first Indian woman to fly in a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil War. 

The film highlights how the IAF wasn't gender neutral back then and Saxena had to fight multiple odds to make her own place in a field which primarily recruited only men. Recently, a former Army Officer Captain Shweta Misra took to Twitter to share a glimpse of the letter she had received back in 1994 when the IAF wasn't inducting women into service. The letter reads, "The proposal to induct women in 04 SSC (ATC/FC) Course has not been approved." 

Sharing the letter, Misra tweeted, "#GunjanSaxena #GunjanSaxenaTheKargilGirl Remembering the day when I waited for a letter of joining instructions after clearing SSB and making in merit. Received letter that Air force not ready for women yet! @karanjohar @sharmarekha @adgpi @IAF_MCC @pradiprsagar @GunjanSaxenaTKG."

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Officer Gunjan Saxena recently said that she was lucky to have the support of commanding officers and supervisors in the Indian Air Force. "Whenever you are in any kind of environment, there are different kinds of individuals that make up that environment so when there is a major change happening, some of these individuals are ready to accept this change more readily than the others and some take more time to adjust to this change," she had said in a statement.  

ALSO READ: Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl Movie Review: Janhvi Kapoor pays an honest tribute despite turbulence

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Anonymous 3 months ago

When did Kangana ever troll Jhanvi for this film?

Anonymous 3 months ago

Kangana mother hosting Pooja for her safety. I appreciate it. Kangana trolls janvi for her movie and attacks her on nepotism. Now janvi lost her mom at young age and has to go through this harassment from kangana. Does anyone think of what Jhanvi must be going through before trolling her and on purpose giving negative comments. The so called public are blind. Kangana is evil.

Anonymous 3 months ago

It is very male territory ,there definitely would have been certain specimens who behaved like idiots out there. And Jhanvi surprisingly did well which I wasnt expecting.

Anonymous 3 months ago

There are a few scenes when I cried in this movie - particularly father daughter bonding ... reminded me of my dad

Anonymous 3 months ago

I watched this movie yesterday, and It is such a bad movie, overall everything, story telling, direction, acting expect Pankaj T nothing stands out, JK is a totally wrong choice for this character. She does not have those skills or energy to play this character, they needed some strong actress to illustrate this Character, they did not do any justice to Gunjan S, she must be an amazing personality to be a first woman pilot, movie was like any other KJO movies, flop and everything about bollywood kind of stupid movie. Sorry but they really did not show gunjan’s story properly.. Super flop direction.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Jhanvi you have done a good job in the movie,I was in tears and I am sure your Mum would have been so proud of you.Be careful of your Dad ,He might murder you if you are very successful with lots of money as he did to ur Mum.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Jhanvi,you have

Anonymous 3 months ago

Capt Shweta's letter to her from Air HQ does not indicate that the AF was not ready for women induction in 1994. It is just that for that particular course...No 4... induction of women was not approved.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Same thing, just political correct language

Anonymous 3 months ago

Watched this movie last night. Loved it. Jhanvi has an innocence in her that I loved. This movie was simple yet inspirational. Salute Gunjan sexena. Kargil girl

Anonymous 3 months ago

There is gender bias every where. Way back then it was bound to be more pronounced. Rather they should accept the fact and focus on how they have evolved wth time. It is a beautiful movie

Anonymous 3 months ago

Being an Ex IAF SSC officer, I say that discrimination shown in the movie was real. Looking back I cannot blame the male officers and airmen for their boorish attitude, because most of them came from up north, and had not met women equal to them. Even at the Academy, all us women cadets were either treated as sisters ( those who tied rakhi in their wrists and hence "protected") and the others ( mostly south indian girls) who were called "loose" coz they refused to accept the male cadets "protection". I hear from cadets now that thing have changed

Anonymous 3 months ago

Why complain to the Censor Board? They can’t do anything. The film is out there now. It’s better for them to make a statement about how they are proud of the progress they have made and will continue to make. Too much complaining and filing nonsense notices in India. Better to buck up and take control of the narrative.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Instead of denying it, they should own up to and highlight the progress and our inclusive IAF has become since then. It was such a good movie about tenacity and resilience. All countries of the world at one point in time didn't allow women into certain roles, even until this day. that's history and not something to be ashamed off, rather show how long they have come since those days. At least India has accepted women, many countries still haven't. This is a biopic and they won't blatantly lie to portray IAF in a bad light because the facts are verifiable.

Anonymous 3 months ago

our country has a habit of idolizing everything be it cricketers or army....pls note in this kal yug everything is not black or white but grey.

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