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KARGIL GIRL

  • Long before the first women fighter pilots were commissioned into the Indian Air Force, Flight Lieutenants Gunjan Saxena and Srividya Rajan scripted history when they ventured into a war zone, becoming the first Indian women in combat.
  • Inspired by the story, Bollywood is making a film on Gunjan Saxena’s journey. The film, titled “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl,”

BRAVEHEARTS

  • It’s a story that has been forgotten in the fanfare of India’s first women fighter pilots being commissioned into the Indian Air Force earlier this year.
  • India’s first women combat aviators went into a during the Kargil War. And while Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena and Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan never flew fighter jets, they did fly through an area where Pakistani soldiers fired bullets and missiles at virtually any Indian helicopter or aircraft that they could spot.
  • Their tiny Cheetah helicopter was unarmed and entirely defenceless against enemy fire. And yet, like so many of their male counterparts, the two young women soldiered on, flying dozens of sorties directly in harm’s way.

BRAVEHEARTS

  • Gunjan said as much when we interviewed her 17 years ago in Udhampur, “I mean this was a very new thing for the Air Force – to see women pilots working with them, flying with them every day. So they used to see us to see if we would be able to cope with the conditions and the stresses that you face.“
  • Gunjan tells us that missions where she evacuated injured Indian Army soldiers were her biggest motivation during Kargil. “I think it is the ultimate feeling that you can ever have as a helicopter pilot. That was one of our main roles there – casualty evacuation. I would say it’s a very satisfying feeling when you save a life because that is what you’re there for,” she said.

BRAVEHEARTS

  • Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena served as a short service commissioned officer and didn’t quite have the opportunities that women in Air Force have today. Her tenure ended after seven years, but women in the air force can now get a permanent commission.
  • “Gunjan Saxena, Lucknow ki ek chhoti si ladki, jiska ek bohot bada sapna tha – badi hoke pilot banne ka sapna. Lekin jo duniya ye sochti thi ki ladkiyan gaadiyan nahi chala pati, kya wo Gunjan ko plane udane deti? Us deewani ko duniya ki parvah nahi thi. Bas apne papa par bharosa tha, jo kehte plane ladka udaye ya ladki, usey pilot hi kehte hain.”

GUNJAN SAXENA

  • Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena served as a short service commissioned officer and didn’t quite have the opportunities that women in Air Force have today. Her tenure ended after seven years, but women in the air force can now get a permanent commission.
  • Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor is all set to bring the story of air force pilot Gunjan Saxena to the screen with her latest project, Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl. Directed by Sharan Sharma, the film stars Janhvi in the titular role and also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Viineet Kumar, Manav Vij and Ayesha Raza.


 

 

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