By Arré Bench Jun. 09, 2020
During the Kargil War, Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena made history. She became the first Indian Air Force woman officer who went to war.
Two decades ago, when tensions over the Kargil war were close to their peak, two pilots were sent into the killing fields to carry out reconnaissance operations, and casualty evictions — having to brave both bullets and missiles seated in tiny Cheetah helicopters.
What made this particular operation iconic, however, was the fact that these two pilots also happened to be the first women Indian Air Force officers to be sent into a war zone.
Flight lieutenants Gunjan Saxena and Srividya Rajan scripted history in 1999, saving the lives of dozens of army men, while flying dangerously close to Pakistani positions.
On Tuesday, director Karan Johar announced that his next film was based on these missions, and the life of Saxena, who over the years came to be known as “Kargil Girl” will release on Netflix though we don’t have a date yet. The first posters of the film, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl were also shared by actor Jhanvi Kapoor, who will be playing the role of the pilot.