Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor who is all set to step into the shoes of first female IAF officer Gunjan Saxena in her much-awaited biopic wished the original 'Kargil Girl' on her birthday on Saturday, August 31. The actress took to Instagram and shared a picture with Gunjan Saxena on Instagram where the former is dressed in the Indian Air Force uniform.
In the heartwarming post, Janhvi Kapoor thanked Gunjan Saxena for teaching her 'the true meaning of bravery, the importance of working hard and sincerely and for paving the way for millions of women in our country.' She further hailed the birthday girl as her 'inspiration and a hero' who helped her gain self-confidence.
"Happy Birthday Gunjan mam! Thank you for teaching me the true meaning of bravery, the importance of working hard and sincerely and for paving the way for millions of women in our country. You're an inspiration and a hero, without ever having tried to be. Your story has helped me believe in myself, and hopefully will help others too," Janhvi Kapoor wrote alongside the picture.
The upcoming venture titled 'Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl' will show Janhvi Kapoor essaying the lead role. The film is based on Gunjan Saxena's life, who is one of the first female pilots to fly in combat. She played an important role in rescuing injured soldiers during the Kargil War in 1999 and was awarded the gallantry Shaurya Vir Award for displaying courage during the war.
This is going to be the first time Janhvi Kapoor will be portraying a real-life person following her debut in 'Dhadak'. Directed by Sharan Sharma, 'The Kargil Girl' also stars Vineet Kumar Singh, Angad Bedi and Manav Vij in pivotal roles. The upcoming biopic is jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios and is set to hit theatres on March 13, 2020.
Janhvi Kapoor shared the first look posters of the film on Thursday on her Instagram. The 22-year-old actor, can be seen dressed in a multi-colored sweater, is seen in a carefree avatar as she holds a paper plane, symbolic of Saxena's unparalleled contribution as an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot.
In yet another poster shared by the star, Janhvi Kapoor is seen hugging her onscreen father Pankaj Tripathi. The poster features the tagline 'meri beti ki udaan koi nahi rok sakta' (No one can stop my daughter from flying high).
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