The trailer of 'Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl', based on the life of Gunjan Saxena, the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force, has been released. The film directed by Sharan Sharma, who has also co-written the script with Nikhil Mehrotra. The film has been produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions.
The film features Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi and Angad Bedi in lead roles. The makers of the film, described Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl as "an inspiring true story of a simple girl with big dreams who stood her ground to rule the skies."
Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena (1975 - present) is an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer and former helicopter pilot. She joined the IAF in 1994, is a 1999 Kargil War veteran and the first woman Shaurya Chakraawardee. She is the first of two women along with Srividya Rajan from the IAF to enter a war zone flying Cheetah helicopters. One of her main roles during the Kargil War was to evacuate the wounded from Kargil, transport supplies and assist in surveillance. She would go on to be part of operations to evacuate over 900 troops, both injured and dead, from Kargil. In 2004, after serving as a pilot for seven years, her career as a helicopter pilot ended; the concept of permanent commission for women was not there during her time.
The film will be available on Netflix from August 12.