Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, is the story of India’s Kargil Girl, who made the whole nation proud with her brave, fearless contribution to the 1999 Kargil war and IAF
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl takes us through the hardships, dedication, and Gunjan Saxena’s perseverance to become a pilot, and how life took her to the Indian Air Force, to make the entire nation, especially womanhood proud.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is the autobiography of Gunjan Saxena and her valorous contribution in the 1999 Kargil War. The film deals with the inception of Gunjan’s dream, the hardships and obstacles she had to face, and how she became the capeless heroine of the 1999 Kargil War.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is a film to be proud of and that brings light on the heroic act of Gunjan Saxena. It kicks off intriguingly and maintains the arresting plot till the end. It opens to the scene where the soldiers are in need of backup and the only lady pilot, Gunjan Saxena, takes off to rescue the brave men of the country.
The scene fades out to her childhood when her dream to become a pilot takes off for the first time. It takes us through the inception of Gunjan Saxena’s dream, the debacles she got to face, and how after a long journey of constant hindrances, she finally proved herself and the entire womanhood.
The film is conspiring, moving, and filled with pride. More than Jhanvi, Pankaj Tripathi steals the limelight. Great direction, hair raising BGMs, and a captivating screenplay penned only to the point.
Story and Script
The writers Nikhil Mehrotra and Sharan Sharma have penned a fantastic screenplay. A biography is an opportunity to explore the dramatic, emotional sides of the person but here, the writers have only peeled off what is necessary and what they want to show. They have not tried to inspire anybody and have focussed only on bringing the legacy of Gunjan Saxena to the audience. It is appealing, tight, and doesn’t hook up anywhere, leaving the audience bored.
Directed by one of the writers himself, Sharan Sharma, his debut as a director is outstanding. The smooth, moving screenplay was helmed by him with great authenticity and maximum potential. Each scene was lifting and striking. The emotional scenes, the BGMs used, the dramatic action sequences, everything is blended in the right amount, to serve the audience. Great job Sharan Sharma.
Janhvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena was good but not great. Her fluctuating performance couldn’t bring life to the character. Partly good, but incomplete, Janhvi needs to work on her body language and intensity in the act. To perform such a character, based on real life, the actors must be able to grasp the person’s attitude better than the person himself, in order to reflect his or her mannerisms perfectly on screen.
Pankaj Tripathi is the show-stealer. He aces his performance as Anup Saxena (Gunjan Saxena’s father), giving a remarkable performance. He casts a spell on the viewers, totally taking away the film.
The rest of the cast all does a really neat job with their fine performance.
Manush Nandan’s cinematography is an uplifting aspect of this film. The emotional baggage of the film and goosebump moments, all were treated with an emotional connect. He has captured every moment in accordance with the mood of the scene. A brilliantly cinematographed film, with every moment, captured perfectly.
Music by Amit Trivedi is melodious and gratifying. Unlike most films, it does not just play its role as a film song but goes on with the flow of the narrative. Background score by John Stewart Eduri is stimulating and hair raising. It triumphantly touches the audience and has a vital role in the emotional potency of the film.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is a must-watch film for its fine making, proud story, and gripping screenplay, everything packed together for a perfect movie night.