NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force (IAF) wrote to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) complaining against the portrayal of work culture in a negative light in the upcoming Janhvi Kapoor starrer 'Gunjan Saxena: Kargil Girl.'
In its letter to the censor board, and sent to Netflix and Dharma Production, IAF has stated that as per initial understanding, they expected a film that will inspire the next generation of IAF soldiers.
However, certain scenes and dialogues in the movie and its trailer, which was forwarded to this office for viewing, showed the work culture in IAF in a negative light, especially when it comes to their attitude towards women.
The film is based on the first Indian Air Force woman pilot Gunjan Saxena, who was part of the 1999 Kargil war.
The film shows male IAF officers mistreating Gunjan Saxena where she is continuously told that she is "weak." Gunjan also finds out that there are no toilets or changing rooms for women. Her senior tells her that it is because IAF and the military are not meant for women.
IAF said in its letter "that the organisation is gender neutral and has always provided an equal opportunity" for women.
They had objected to these scenes earlier, but Dharma Production did not delete them.
The film is also facing heat for having Janhvi Kapoor in the lead role amidst the intense debates surrounding nepotism and lack of opportunities for outsiders.