Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
The Kargil Girl’s story begins in a typical army family, from Lucknow, that hopes to continue serving the country with their next generation. The son of the family is the obvious successor. But the father (Pankaj Tripathi) is aware of the dreams his daughter harbors. Little Gunjan always dreamt about flying, but the obedient little girl that she is, she knows the family expects her to study well and marry well, period.
So, when she does graduate with flying colors (pun intended) it takes a lot of courage to sit her family down and tell them she doesn’t intend marrying someone they pick for her. Instead, she wants to make a career flying. With her mother and brother (Angad Bedi) absolutely against the idea of her joining the Air Force, her father telling her to open the cage and fly is a moment of exhilaration. From that moment on, her success, her efforts are all in the bid to make her father’s confidence, in her, succeed.