Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl movie review – Inspiring and engaging tale

Title: Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
Rating: 3.25/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Manav Vij
Director: Sharan Sharma
Streaming on: Netflix
Release Date: 12th August 2020


Gunjan Saxena (Janhvi Kapoor) dreams of becoming a pilot right from her childhood. As a girl, what were the difficulties she faced in achieving her goal and was she successful in it or not forms the story.


Janhvi Kapoor has done a good job. She has the right personality and carries the right tinge of innocence to convincingly fit into this role. Though some may feel that she could have been more expressive in emotionally charged scenes, she has done a pretty good job overall and this film will be a turning point for her. Pankaj Tripathi as her father is simply brilliant and it is a treat to watch him. His role is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully written father characters in recent times. Angad Bedi, Manav Vij and other supporting actors have all made their presence felt and all of them have scope to shine in at least one scene.


The camerawork is very good, especially during the Kargil war sequences. Music gels well into the flow of the film. There are 5 odd songs in the film and we hardly notice them come and go. Editing work deserves a special mention as the movie never dips in pace and remains steady and engaging throughout. Director Sharan Sharma has made a very impressive debut and definitely has the talent to go a long way.


The story of the film is based on the life of Gunjan Saxena, an Indian Air Force pilot who was part of the Kargil war. All major incidents leading up to her becoming a pilot and all main incidents which helped her gain confidence in her profession have been neatly written and executed. The screenplay is tightly fitted without a single extra scene or unwanted scene. Along with capturing the life of Gunjan Saxena, the movie also addresses topics like women empowerment, equal rights, gender discrimination, etc. The movie indirectly tries to convey that there are more enemies and issues to be dealt with in our own country rather than the enemies at the border. There are some scenes showing the men at Indian Air Force disrespecting the lady officer. Those scenes are surely not meant to insult the Indian Air Force but to point out how the outside world treats women who try to be as good as men in any field. All scenes between Janhvi and Pankaj Tripathi are beautifully written and are a major takeaway from this film. There are hardly any dull moments in the film. The movie is engaging throughout with good performances leading the way.  The emotional high moments in the film could have had more impact but that is not a major issue.

On a whole:

Gunjan Saxena is an inspiring tale about a brave young lady who served the nation. Go for it.

Rating: 3.25/5

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