Speculation surrounding Janhvi Kapoor stepping into Gunjan Saxena’s shoes in a film based on her life has been confirmed as Karan Johar took to social media and made an official announcement of the same.
The film is based on the story of Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, who was the first combat aviator of the Indian Air Force. Saxena was known for her immense contribution in the Kargil War, and she will be portrayed by 'Dhadak' actress Janhvi Kapoor on the big screen. The film has been titled as 'Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl'. In the still released by Karan Johar, Janhvi can be seen in a rather carefree avatar while she holds a paper plane, which is symbolic to Gunjan Saxena's unparalleled contribution as an IAF ( Indian Air Force) pilot.
In another poster shared by Karan Johar, Janhvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena can be seen hugging Pankaj Tripathi. For the uninitiated, the actor will be seen playing Janhvi Kapoor’s father in the Gunjan Saxena biopic.
He had previously confirmed his role by saying, "I liked the character of playing father to Janhvi Kapoor in the film. A great bonding has developed between us while working on the sets. I am having a lot of fun while shooting for the film. Janhvi is a very sincere and well behaved actress. She respects me a lot and I too respect her for the sincerity and commitment towards her work. Sharan is a very talented director and is well versed with his craft. It’s an opportunity working under Dharma Productions. They leave no stones unturned to get the right things on board.”
The film is being directed by Sharan Sharma and is based on the life of first female Indian Air Force combat pilot and first female Shaurya Chakra recipient Gunjan Saxena, who played a significant role in picking the injured soldiers during the 1999 Kargil War..
Meanwhile, Angad Bedi will play Janhvi's brother in the film and child actor Riva Arora, who played late actor Sridevi’s daughter in 'Mom, will be seen playing the young Gunjan in the film.
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