IMDb reveals the magic behind the characters of the recently released biopic Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, in an exclusive behind the scenes clip. This inspiring film, starring veteran Pankaj Tripathi and actress Janhvi Kapoor in pivotal roles is based on the first female Indian Air Force officer in combat during the 1999 Kargil conflict, directed by Sharan Sharma.
In a candid chat between Pankaj Tripathi, Jahnvi Kapoor and director Sharan Sharma, the trio shared their experiences during the making of this biopic.
Applauding the progressive nature of his character Anup Saxena, Pankaj Tripathi said, “In the late 80’s and early 90’s when patriarchy was so strong, in those days a father could be so progressive is something we still wish for in 2000s. The takeaway (for me) is that even today in our nation has girls like Gunjan Saxena who wish for wings so they can also fly.”
Janhvi Kapoor, sharing her experience of working with Pankaj Tripathi said, “It is so intimidating when you’re working with someone who is so prolific and a veteran in what they do. I eventually got really comfortable where I knew that I could make mistakes in front of him. He created a very secure environment for every actor on the set.”
Talking about the takeaways from this movie, director Sharan Sharma said, “Gunjan Saxena redefined the meaning of being strong. You don’t have to be outwardly aggressive to be strong. You need to stick to your own personality and inner strength. A kind of personality I personally connected to.”
Gunjan Saxena had a dream to fly. When asked about their dreams, Janhvi said, “Eat as much as I can and not put on weight.” Pankaj Tripathi added, “My dream is to bring love in my and others lives. To do farming after I retire.” And Sharan concluded, “Being able to make a film and many more in the future but on a light-hearted note, my big dream in life was to be a cricketer.”
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