The IAF has recently written a letter to the Censor Board against the negative portrayal of IAF in few scenes from the movie Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl. Says a senior officer.
The movie was released on Netflix last Wednesday. According to the IAF officials the letter raises," concerns related to the movie’s portrayal of gender bias as an institutional work culture”
The based on the true events and a real life hero Gunjan Saxena who had become the first female pilot during the Kargil War. The film is produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions.
In an interview with the CBFC a senior official said,"IAF as a service has always ensured that the organization is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity to both male and women personnel,"
Talking to the media the senior IAF official said," The IAF has written a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification objecting to some scenes in the movie, wherein it has been portrayed in undue negative light." A copy of the letter has also been send to Netflix he added.
Before the film's release certain scenes were asked for review by the IAF wherein Dharma Productions shown some situations in the movie that were misleading and portrayed a negative work culture at the IAF. "In the aim to glorify the screen character of 'Ex-Fit Lt Gunjan Saxena', Dharma Productions presented some situations that are misleading and portray an inappropriate work culture especially against women in the IAF," said the officer.
Upon review IAF had directed Dharma Production to censor those scenes which were found undone post release.
Writing to the Central Board of Film Certification and Information Technology Ministry and Ministry of information and broadcasting the Defense Ministry had asked film makers to obtain and NOC from Ministry of Defense before releasing the film on Army theme.
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