Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl: NCW chief Rekha Sharma asks makers to ‘Discontinue’ screening of film

The Chief of the National Commission for Women, Rekha Sharma questions the discrimination against women in the forces and asks the film-makers to discontinue the screening of the film.

National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson,  Rekha Sharma, has recently stated that women are not discriminated in the armed forces. She went on questioning the portrayal of the Indian Air Force in actress Janhvi Kapoor’s latest film, ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’. Further, the NCW chief has also asked makers to “discontinue the screening” of the film, which was released on Netflix.

Rekha Sharma took to her official Twitter handle on Friday and wrote, “The real #GunjanSaxena must come out and clarify whether the gender discrimination shown in movie is for real? Being from Army background I can never imagine defence officers behaving like goons. Officer or not, women are always get their due respect in forces.” The film is based on the life of a former air force pilot Gunjan Saxena, who played an important role in the Kargil War.

She further tweeted with a screenshot of the real-life Gunjan Saxena’s statement that she did not face gender discrimination, Rekha wrote, “If that is so, the film maker must apologise and discontinue the screening. Why showing something which is portraying our own forces in bad light specially when it’s not true..”

In a Quint report Gunjan Saxena had quoted, “Indian Air Force is at the core and the heart of this film. It is the very training of the Indian Air Force and the strong ethos of the Indian Air Force, which really gave me the courage to do all those extraordinary things that I could. Yes, as a commercial movie or as a work of fiction, this film has creatively tried to capture my story or my journey. But what cannot be denied is that even in this film the doors did open and opportunities were given.”

In a social media post, Gunjan had said, “The Dreams do come true and lucky me, through the Indian Air Force not only did I realise my dream of flying but at the same time got the opportunity to serve the nation as well. This entire dream has now translated into a movie which just released on Netflix. The whole team behind the making of this film has worked every single day for the last three years to present my story to the world. I am so very proud of this film, and even more thrilled at the idea of sharing my story with the world. I hope this film will inspire people to dream and share their dreams with positivity and hope. I would like to thank everybody who has helped and motivated me through this journey of mine. Hope you all enjoy watching this film. Jai Hind!”

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