ThatBhaumikGirl Reviews Gunjan Saxena – Ep5

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Here’s my movie review for Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl, streaming on Netflix India, directed by Sharan Sharma, starring Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi & Ayesha Raza. This movie has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, and that’s really sad because the movie is not bad at all. I went in without any expectations and was pleasantly surprised. 

The movie Gunjan Saxena is inspired by the real-life story of Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena of the Indian Air Force. First & foremost, this is a story of determination & ambition. The character of this amazing woman is the stuff of superheroes. I felt like this was more an origin story, the likes of Captain Marvel, than a biopic.

You can listen to my full review for this movie on my podcast below. 

ThatBhaumikGirl Movie Review Podcast Gunjan Saxena- The Kargil Girl – Ep5

ThatBhaumikGirl Rates Gunjan Saxena

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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2 thoughts on “ThatBhaumikGirl Reviews Gunjan Saxena – Ep5

  1. A good review. The reason behind the low IMDb rating has been aptly pin pointed. However, being a defence kid myself, I would want to point out that the way ‘Gunjan’s’ character was treated by her colleagues was overly exaggerated to such a point that it is showing the forces in a bad light. Probably another reason why many people are not liking it.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to it, Alisha! I appreciate your feedback as well! I also agree with you about the exaggeration, which was clearly a decision on creative team’s part, and hopefully far from reality. Having said that, I feel there are a lot of people who have deemed it offensive without even watching the movie. That explains the ratings as well. As for it being offensive to the IAF, I, for one, didn’t watch it as the IAF being thrown under the bus, but more as the fact that it was aiming at a larger issue at hand – sexism. There are several male-dominant jobs even now, where women aren’t given their due respect. For example, female doctors are still referred to as “sisters” by many patients (especially males) in India. I can vouch for this because it’s happened with me innumerable times, first-hand. So the way I saw this movie wasn’t as the actions of one particular organization, but as a systemic national problem on a whole. Sexism is a big issue, and that’s what I chose to see it as.


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