Controversy continues over actress Jahnavi Kapoor’s film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. Many allegations are being made about the facts shown in the film, even the Air Force has expressed objection to some facts shown in the film. Now retired wing commander IK Khanna has said that some facts shown in the film are wrong. Wing Commander (Ri) Khanna has put his side of the film in a column written for The Print. Let me tell you that IK Khanna is the officer who trained the first female batch of Bhartiu Air Force.
Khanna has written that he was one of the trainers of 1994 when the first batch of women pilots arrived at the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru to begin training in the Indian Air Force’s transport aircraft. He said that unlike what is shown in the film, all women pilots were treated equal and no one had to go to their room for clothes. Khanna said that discrimination on the basis of gender was prevalent in Indian society for centuries, but women have been a part of the defense service in many areas for many years.
Earlier, a female officer Flight Lieutenant (Seva.) Srividya Rajan had said that the screenplay of the film Gunjan Saxena has been completely fabricated on the basis of lies. Srividya has written a lengthy post on Facebook claiming that Gunjan Saxena was not the only female officer at the base during the Kargil War nor was she the first female officer to go for the operation. In this post, Srividya told that he and Gunjan were together during the training. The two were posted together in Udhampur in 1996, while the movie showed Gunjan was the only female pilot in the unit.
Earlier, retired wing commander Namrita Chandi also objected to the film portrayal of officers of the Indian Air Force. He himself testified that the female pilot who took the first flight from Kargil was Srividya, not Gunjan. Let me tell you that in the film Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl, Jahwani Kapoor plays the title role, while the film is produced by Karan Johar and directed by Sharan Sharma.