Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl Reviews (Top Critics)

Glamsham.com
By Vishal Verma (3.5/5)

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is a woman empowerment cinema at its charmingly populist best. Janhvi Kapoor upgrades herself as an actress while Pankaj Tripathi excels as the father that every child wants.

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Mid-Day
By Mayank Shekhar (3.5/5)

Wait, is this the first desi film (ever) centred on the female lead, while there is no allusion, let alone presence of a male love-interest (or 'significant other', as they call it) - all through? Statisticians, who keep score - and there should be such folk for cinema as there are in sport - should know better. I mean, there is a moment where the young heroine, as it were, mentions something to the effect of wanting to get married.

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Rediff.com
By Sukanya Verma (3.5/5)

It is as though there's an unwritten rule that a woman must constantly prove her dreams are worthy of chasing to the world. And if she somehow emerges victorious, it warrants recognition more because she is a woman than she was brave. Gender and guts are mutually exclusive through the prism of glaring hypocrisy.

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Filmcompanion.in
By Anupama Chopra

The phrase "the sky is the limit" was perhaps created for Gunjan Saxena, India's first female Air Force pilot to go into combat duty. She was only 24 when she put her life on the line in the Kargil War, carrying out over 40 missions. But her battle started much earlier, when as a little girl, she decided that she wanted to fly. She fought with her family, with Air Force officers who couldn't wrap their heads around a female pilot, with patriarchy so deeply entrenched in the system that there weren't even separate bathrooms for women.

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BollywoodHungama.com
By Bollywood Hungama (3/5)

GUNJAN SAXENA - THE KARGIL GIRL is about the tough journey of India's first female combat aviator. The year is 1984. Gunjan Saxena (Riva Arora), who is around 9 years old, is travelling with her family in an aeroplane. She gets a chance to enter the cockpit and experience the magic of flying an aircraft. She decides immediately that she wants to be a pilot. In 1989, Gunjan (Janhvi Kapoor) passes her Class 10 exams with flying colours.

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FilmFare
By Devesh Sharma (3.5/5)

Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena is an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer. She joined the IAF in 1994, is a 1999 Kargil War veteran and the first woman Shaurya Chakra awardee. One of her main roles during the Kargil War was to evacuate the wounded from Kargil, transport supplies and assist in surveillance. Gunjan's father and brother both served in the Indian army. The present film is a fictional account of her achievements.

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Firstpost.com
By Anna M.M. Vetticad (4/5)

In a defining scene in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, young Ms Saxena sits discussing her career plans with her father. "Dad, the Air Force needs cadets who are patriots, but I just want to fly planes. In a bid to fulfill my dream, am I being a traitor to the country?"

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DNA
By Aishwarya Vasudevan (3/5)

There is a scene in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl where Janhvi Kapoor's character asks her onscreen father (Pankaj Tripathi) that is she being a traitor to the country in the name of her dreams as she just wanted to fly planes. She says 'The Air Force needs pilots who are patriots.' Her loving father asks her to show her sincerity towards her job and she will automatically become a patriot.

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The Times Of India
By Renuka Vyavahare (4/5)

The film chronicles the incredible real life story, struggles and gender based discrimination faced by former Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena (played by Janhvi Kapoor). Known as the 'Kargil Girl', Gunjan was honoured with the Shaurya Vir award for displaying exemplary courage during the Kargil war in 1999.

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Hindustan Times
By Rohan Naahar

Janhvi Kapoor plays the ultimate outsider in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, a biopic of the Indian Air Force's first female combat pilot, out on Netflix on Wednesday. It isn't as slickly made as Uri: The Surgical Strike, but refreshingly, neither are its politics as problematic.

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Ndtv.com
By Saibal Chatterjee (3.5/5)

Two wars unfold in Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl. The one on the India-Pakistan border leads the film to its climax; the other rages on the gender divide frontline practically all the way through. Both push the titular heroine to the brink as she fights to find her feet in a male preserve. But she hangs in there, propelled by her willpower and a father who helps her keep the headwinds at bay.

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Taran Adarsh
By Taran Adarsh (3.5/5)

One Word Review... Gunjan Saxena: INSPIRING. Big salute to #GunjanSaxena, her courageous story is an inspiration... Emotions high point... Stunning aerial photography... Director Sharan Sharma makes a confident debut... Recommended! #GunjanSaxenaReview

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2.5/5)

The story of the first Indian Air Force woman pilot who was part of the 1999 Kargil conflict is ready-made movie material, and a great hook: who is Gunjan Saxena, and what made her want to fly so bad that she braved concerted antagonism in a tough male-dominated field?

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