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Gunjan Saxena – Movie review

Gunjan Saxena Movie review

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil girl is the story of the real-life hero of Indian Airforce pilot Gunjan Saxena. We have seen lots of biopics and true or sugar coated, we do love it as a movie. It’s full of life lessons and motivation and can be a good emotional watch too. So before clicking directly the move let’s see a detailed review of the movie.


Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil girl

The movie is a biopic of Gunjan Saxena, 1st female pilot in combat. The story revolves around her struggles of being a female pilot in the Indian Air force. That how in early 80s it was hard for a woman to be seen as an Air force officer or even as a normal pilot.

The story of the movie Gunjan Saxena perfectly portrayed the beautiful relationship between father and daughter. The relationship between Gunjan Saxena and her father Anup Saxena is the perfect example of how father is a supporting pillar and goes far across the line to complete the dreams their children have.

Actually, the main focus of the movie has been the relationship the father and daughter shares, that how her father has always pushed her towards the new things she wants to try and the things she should try despite the ideas the other family members share. And how Gunjan’s father made her dream his own and did whatever he can and make her do the hard work required.

These beautiful moments that is shown can actually melt your heart. Every time I saw them onscreen, I actually wanted to get up then and there and go hug my dad. (But that would get weird.)

The movie also focuses on some critical issues like sexism in the Air force and how Gunjan Saxena suffered from Sexism being the 1st and only female pilot at the udhampur base. That how the century shared the same mentality of girls not being the first or even the second choice of being the part of an actual war.


Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil girl

Gunjan Saxena Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Ayesha Raza, Gulshan Pandey.

The movie is filled with talented actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Gulshan Pandey, and Ayesha Raza many more. But we would talk about some main focuses of the movie

  • Janhvi Kapoor

The acting of Janhvi Kapoor came as a surprise. She tried to do  Justice to the role of the Gunjan Saxena but sometimes expression wasn’t perfect at all but still, Janhvi Kapoor did an good job. Of course we could have expected a more powerful actress in this role. As at one point, where they showed her being overwhelmed and angry and not being able to control it and letting it all out, the scene could have been so much better with a little more power to the emotions and as well as the voice.

There are lot of points in the movie where you could have felt the struggles and emotions the character is going through but it feels like you are put at the edge and then you are pushed down right into the water. You just want to sympathize with the character but the actress does not make you feel the emotions you have to be feeling to connect with her, hence we do not connect to the story from that perspective the film wants us to.

But as we know, as a young star, this could be her trying to be versatile with her roles and wanting to improve as an actor. But for me, I think when you want to make a biopic of a war hero, you have to do justice. The way she carries herself, the voice she has, just doesn’t make you believe that she is actually an Air force officer.

  • Pankaj Tripathi

Talking about Pankaj Tripathi, he is a legend. Give him any role and he will keep us entertaining with his perfection. He kind of became the hero of the story, which yes, he is, but the main focus of the movie should be Gunjan saxena but eventually, you feel all the emotions the father is feeling but not the what gunjan is feeling.

And we get it, pankaj tripathi is greatness. Yes, that’s the word for him,”Greatness”. But when Janhvi kapoor and pankaj tripathi share screen you can actually see the difference from the screen itself. You can clearly see the acting difference. The simplicity Pankaj tripathi potrays, how effortlessly he just got into the father character, how strongly he adopted the role. (Which was expected by Janhvi kapoor as well, but again, no offense)

The supporting cast is also absolutely amazing whether it is Barbie Rajput or Ashish Bhatt. They were as amazing as an character should be. Even the soldiers were greatly casted. They carried themselves well the way they talk, everything was on point. You can actually simply believe that they are soldiers.


The movie is the directional debut of Saran Sharma still the direction is amazing. I enjoyed the direction of the movie especially at the scene where Gunjan does her sortie training and she has to prove she is a good pilot by simulating an emergency.

The big shots of the movie to the small simple shots of the movie are done with such a beauty. The war scenes, the in-air scenes, everything was on point. I wasn’t too sure about the filter of the movie, it made it look an official 90 movie, but I am not complaining, it was as good.

Final verdict:

The movie has a beautiful father-daughter relationship. Janhvi Kapoor’s expression in the emotional scenes were good whereas her bold voice and high pitched scenes weren’t convincing enough. Pankaj Tripathi as always left us speechless with his amazing acting skills and other supporting casts also did a fabulous job.

The editing and the direction of the movie is also so on point. You just could enjoy the tense of facing an emergency and the excitement of being in the air for the first time. Everything was really good.

Yes, the main character could have been better but, what can we do. The movie is good if you want to feel some emotions and beautiful relationship that can warm your heart. You can enjoy with your family for sure.

  • Ratings

Acting: 3.5/5

Background score: 4/5

Direction: 4/5

Overall rating: 7/10


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aadil varshani
Hi! I am Aadil Varshani, I am a 3rd year Cs student and Co-founder of Screeninsuits. Screeninsuits is my way of exploring something new and building something cool at the same time.


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