Story: The opening scene starts with a furious fight situation in Kargil. Indian Soldiers has been attacked by the terrorist and must be rescued. Jhanvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena runs towards her chopper in slow motion to carry out the mission. The narrative moves to the past when she was a young small child travelling on a plane with her brother, desperate to see the outside world from the window. But her brother doesn’ allow her as he was sleeping and then air hostess takes her to the cockpit, which leaves her awestruck and decided to become a pilot.
She grows up with his dream to become a pilot and cleared her matriculation exam with 94% but also scared to tell their family about her dream. She tells her brother about her decision who replies with a joke and says “Girls don’t become pilots,”. Gujan Saxen’s father (Pankaj Tripathi) replies, “Whether its a man or a woman flying the plane, they’re both called pilots”. The only person who stands all the time with her and believes in her more than anybody in the world. And continues to do so until her daughter accomplished the dream to be a pilot.
With the support of her father and hard work, she becomes an Indian Air Force Officer. But the battle is half won and has a long way to go. She has been selected in the battalion unit, She faces several challenges at her workplace but Gujan fights back. Either by creating a changing room for herself when there isn’t one or by raising her voice in a room full of men, telling them that respecting her will not harm their ego.
Plot: Janhvi Kapoor able to justify the role but at some point, the anger on her face can’t be expressed. The tears of rejection and get selected for the Air force can be easily noticed. Her new fresh character of an officer is mesmerizing. Pankaj Tripathi is simply best and classic. He is calm and a supportive father who never differentiates between his son and his daughter. His presence and dialogue delivery will bring a smile on your face. He is an actor who never seems to be acting.
The film was made to show Gunjan Saxena journey, from becoming a pilot to break the mentality of Typical stereotype people who believes that a female can’t become a successful pilot. You will not be able to see warzone style action like URI- The Surgical Strike but it doesn’ mean that the feeling of patriotism is absent in the film.
A perfect pick to watch it with your family member and also if you have been feeling lost and needs a motivation to achieve goals. Directed by Sharan Sharma and produced by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios. Netflix acquired the distribution rights and was premiered on 12 August 2020 on Netflix.