‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ review: Earthbound despite dreams of flight5 min read . Updated: 10 Aug 2020, 12:50 PM IST
Sharan Sharma’s polite, placid film stars Janhvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena, air force helicopter pilot and hero in the Kargil War
On the heels of Shakuntala Devi comes another literal-minded biopic. But where Anu Menon’s film muddied its emotional waters and switched around its timelines, Sharan Sharma’s Gunjan Saxena tells a simple and more or less linear story. After opening with Gunjan (Janhvi Kapoor) on her first mission during the 1999 Kargil War, the film loops back to the start and maps a straight line from her childhood dreams of becoming a commercial pilot to her joining the air force to being one of the first two Indian women to pilot a helicopter in combat. This uncomplicated approach seems to mirror the film’s view of its central character, who isn’t shown as exceptional, only exceptionally determined.