This movie revolves around Gunjan Saxena, the daughter of an Indian Army officer, this sister of an Indian Army officer, and most importantly, an Indian Air Force officer, herself. She was the first Indian army officer (female) to be active in a war.
Credit where credit’s due, this movie certainly wastes no time here or there. The training sequence gets over in the duration of a song, there is no time spent in her life after the Kargil War (I am stuck in a dilemma about whether that should’ve been shown or not), and wastes no time dwelling on her love life.
This movie completes the goal it set out to achieve and achieves that only, not more, not less. It tackles gender discrimination in a workplace, specially one where a woman has been introduced for the first time. It talks about how difficult it was, for her to break the barriers set in other’s minds and seems to be a true story with slight dramatization of course.
I’m sorry if I sound a little weird here, but Pankaj Tripathi sir, I absolutely freaking love you. Yesterday, I said that your presence on the screen makes me smile, while talking about your most menacing role. You as a father, be it in Bareilly ki Barfi, or Gunjan Saxena, feels like a warm hug or a warm quilt on a cold winter night.
Coming to the character you play, of a father who believes in his daughter and is ready to stand against the world, even his own wife for her, is amazingly well executed. Every emotion, be it one of worry or extreme pride has been executed so well. every second you were present on the screen, I cherished it.
Jahnvi Kapoor, on the other hand is decent. I am not denying she didn’t try. She tried her level best and that is extremely evident in her acting. However, her dialogue delivery had a certain aspect which was constantly putting me off. The scenes where she had to express without speaking (certainly difficult) were done superbly well, though.
The side cast with the likes of Angad Bedi, as the brother who masks his insecurities and patriarchy under the mask of being an overbearing brother is very well played. Vineet Kumar Singh, who was amazingly brilliant in Mukkabaaz, has done a pretty good job as the embodiment of resistance to change. On the other hand, Manav Vij, as the understanding and caring Commanding Officer has also done an extremely good job. The side cast is the major hero of this movie.
I am not a great fan of music in biopics, but how can I ever say no to more of Amit Trivedi. He delivered beautifully, yet again and kudos for a job well done! (Sorry for hypocrisy)
Side note – is it weird how biopics majorly have good songs. Azhar, MS Dhoni, Gunjan Saxena and so many more. I stand against this trend, but for this trend. If that makes some sense.
DIRECTION & SCREENPLAY
There was nothing standout about these 2 aspects, except the war scenes. The last 20 minutes gripped me over so well, with amazing camera movements and well directed sequences, that it stayed with me for long.
However, at the same time, I really want to know how much of this was true and if this movie really justifies the tag of biopic.