The Dhadak actress especially thanked the real-life Gunjan Saxena and director Sharan Sharma for the fulfilling experience.
Janhvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena, in a still from the film
As the Janhvi Kapoor-Pankaj Tripathi-starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl turned 1 today, a nostalgic Janhvi Kapoor took to her Instagram handle to pour her heart out about her experience related to the film. Her post, which crossed over a million likes shortly after being shared, was a heartfelt thank you to director Sharan Sharma (Sharry). She thanked him for recognising and revealing the importance of the story and what it seeks to convey. Janhvi also penned that no words could adequately describe what the journey of working on the film did to her. "I could have never even dreamt of a creative process that felt so pure and enriching," she wrote.
While expressing her gratitude to every member of the team, she also singled out the pioneering pilot officer Gunjan Saxena. Revealing her takeaway from the film, she said it was ‘privy to her (Gunjan's) spirit and her rare sincerity’.
See her post here:
Backed by Zee Studios and Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is a biopic on the life and rise of Gunjan Saxena as the pilot officer. It is also about her inspiring real-life story to emerge as the first woman combat aviator of the Indian Air Force to fly into a war zone for a rescue operation during the 1999 Kargil War. For her brave-hearted rescue mission of flying the injured Indian soldiers from the Kargil War back to safety in the army camp, Saxena was honoured with the gallantry Shaurya Vir Award.
The film was released directly on Netflix in August last year. Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar Singh and Manav Vij were also seen in important roles in the film that had its television premiere on Zee Cinema.
While the film garnered mixed reviews, Pankaj Tripathi’s role as Gunjan’s father, who is steadfast in his love and solid support for his daughter’s ambitions throughout, was appreciated. The film that also highlighted the day-to-day, systemic sexism that Saxena had to overcome in her journey, is based on the well-received, best-selling autobiography The Kargil girl by Kiran Nirvan.
Back in 2020, in an interview to the Indian Express, Janhvi had mentioned how the film had helped majorly in developing her confidence as an actor and an individual. “Through this film, I’ve understood myself better as an actor,” she had said.
On August 12 2020, when the film released on Netflix, Janhvi Kapoor had shared a picture of her first meeting with the real-life IAF pilot Gunjan Saxena. She captioned the picture on Instagram as ‘First meeting.’
The actress who made her debut in Hindi cinema in 2018 with Shashank Khaitan’s Dhadak, was questioned about nepotism once again, before the release of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. She responded to Hindustan Times saying that while she was aware of her privilege, she was also confident about the film and her performance in it.