Will Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl be Janhvi Kapoor’s Highway? Seems so!

Produced by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios and directed by Sharan Sharma, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl releases on Netflix on August 12…

Will Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl be for Janhvi Kapoor what Highway was for Alia Bhatt? I certainly hope so. With Dhadak and Ghost Stories, Kapoor may have not proved to be the best actor there is, but she shows not only tremendous potential but also growth. Produced by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios and directed by Sharan Sharma, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is a biopic of Gunjan Saxena, the first female Indian Air Force pilot to serve in a combat zone.

The trailer begins with a young girl telling her father (Pankaj Tripathi) that she wants to become a pilot. He goes against his son (Angad Bedi), wife (Ayesha Raza) and even society to make sure that his daughter’s dreams are fulfilled. At work, Gunjan is always told that she is weak and reminded time and again that she is a woman, and hence unfit to be a pilot.

But the 1999 Kargil War changes things for her, and Saxena goes on to be respected at work and at home because along with Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan, she rescued soldiers during the Kargil War in 1999 and was honoured with the Shaurya Vir award.

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Janhvi Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi in stills from the film; Source: Netflix

Both Janhvi Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi promise good performances, and it seems, as pointed out earlier that this film will be Janhvi Kapoor’s big moment. This film does seem like Kapoor is all set to prove her worth and tell the world that she is not just another star kid.

Also starring Vineet Kumar Singh and Manav Vij, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl releases on Netflix on August 12.

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#BBSeenScene: Shakuntala Devi In Anu Menon’s (@directormenon) #ShakuntalaDevi, there is a defining moment for the relationship between mother (Shakuntala) and daughter (Anu), which remains with me as the emotional highlight of the film. Hindi films have generally ignored toxic relationships between mother and daughter. They always tend to focus on problematic fathers and sons (Baghban, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham), while women mostly show kinship. But are relationships between mother-daughter always a fairy tale? Anu Menon questions just that. Shakuntala Devi is an insecure mother. She often fears losing her daughter and hence makes her daughter travel with her wherever it is that she has to go. For the longest time, Anu doesn’t even go to school because Shakuntala fears losing her. That’s when Anu begins to dislike and even hate her mother. When in one scene, Anu asks Shakuntala why can’t she be a normal mother and why can’t they have a normal home, Devi has a moment of thought. She realises that in her hunger of earning name and fame and in her pursuit of running away from home, she (a) forgot what home meant and (b) didn’t realise that for all these years she has been depriving her daughter of a home (that’s how the film projects Devi, not our thoughts). In the next scene, Menon shows that Devi has bought a home for herself and her daughter. Devi no longer wants Anu to be confused as to what is home, which hotel is home. She wants Anu to feel at home in her own home, and also spend time with her daughter. Anu is born into legacy. Rather into a genius legacy, but what she searches for in life are the simple things and perhaps Devi failed to understand the same. This scene saw a change in her, and in their relationship as mother and daughter. But for how long can this genius live within the confines of domesticity? @balanvidya @sanyamalhotra_ Words @kunsahuja

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