Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena to release on August 15 on Netflix
Though the movie was initially slated to release on Kargil Diwas, it had to be pushed due to post-production work.
Janhvi Kapoor’s biopic of air force pilot Gunjan Saxena, titled Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl will reportedly release on Independence Day on Netflix. The film which was initially slated to release on the big screen has now followed a host of other films that have taken the digital release route amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s as patriotic a story as it gets and everyone associated with the film feels that August 15 is the best date for the film release. The idea is to pay tribute to the Indian Air Force Pilot, Gunjan Saxena, the first female to go on combat. A theatrical trailer of the film is being prepared right now and will be unveiled within the next 10 days,” according to a report by Bollywood Hungama.
The report said the plan was to release the film on Kargil Diwas but post-production work pushed the movie to a later release. However, the team has reportedly planned to release the film’s first trailer on July 26 as a tribute to Kargil martyrs.
The film is based on the life and extraordinary achievements of Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena. Gunjan joined the IAF after completing her graduation from Hansraj College in New Delhi.
This isn’t just a film for me- it’s a journey that’s taught me to believe in myself. A journey I can’t wait to share with you all. About a girl who set out to do something simple, follow her dreams. #GunjanSaxena - #TheKargilGirl coming soon on Netflix. #GunjanSaxenaOnNetflix @dharmamovies @zeestudiosofficial @karanjohar @apoorva1972 @pankajtripathi @angadbedi @itsviineetkumar @manavvij @sharansharma @netflix_in @zeemusiccompany
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She and her colleague Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan were the first Indian women to fly Cheetah helicopters in combat to help evacuate injured soldiers during the Kargil War. They duo were required to fly very close to Pakistan-dominated territories in Kashmir to rescue Indian soldiers.
During the successful mission, Gunjan narrowly missed an attack but continued to focus on the task at hand. For her bravery, Gunjan was honoured with the Shaurya Chakra award, and was recognised as the ‘Kargil Girl’.
Gunjan had also taken to Instagram to appreciate the film's cast and crew. "Everybody at my age has a story to tell. Lucky few like me have Sharan and Janhvi to narrate my story. None of life journeys are a walk in park and mine was no different. But at times a one track mind on goal does help. During my tenure in IAF, whatever little I could achieve was with the help of men and women in blue uniform.
I sincerely hope everyone will enjoy the movie not because it is my story but more so because of the honest work of Sharan and his team," she wrote.
Read her complete message here:
Very rarely have old memories flashed in front of me in such a sweet manner as was experienced after watching my montage with voice over of @janhvikapoor. I guess it is the time for culmination of an enriching journey which started with @sharansharma three years back. And what a journey it has been with Sharan. I have always admired his honesty, sincerity and a sensitive compassion while portraying my life on big screen. Everybody at my age has a story to tell. Lucky few like me have Sharan and Janhvi to narrate my story. None of life journeys are a walk in park and mine was no different. But at times a one track mind on goal does help. During my tenure in IAF, whatever little I could achieve was with the help of men and women in blue uniform. I sincerely hope everyone will enjoy the movie not because it is my story but more so because of the honest work of Sharan and his team .. @sharansharma @janhvikapoor @dharmamovies @karanjohar #GunjanSaxenaOnNetflix
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Directed by Sharan Sharma, the film also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Viineet Kumar, Manav Vij and Ayesha Raza in pivotal roles.