Gunjan Saxena Movie Review & Rating

Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor takes a long break after her debut film Dhadak. Her second film Gunjan Saxena is an innovative attempt and is based on the life story of Gunjan Saxena, a woman pilot who fought in the Kargil war that took place in 1999. Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Angad Bedi played the lead roles in Gunjan Saxena which is directed by Sharan Sharma. The film is made on a decent budget and it is now streaming on Netflix after the outbreak of coronavirus. Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Fox Star Studios produced Gunjan Saxena. Here is the review of the film:

Story:

The story of Gunjan Saxena looks simple. The film narrates the story of a talented girl who gets impacted by aircrafts right from her childhood days after she pays a visit to see a real aircraft. Everyone except her father opposes her dream of becoming a pilot. Gunjan Saxena narrates the real challenges women face in this men dominated society and how Gunjan Saxena makes it to Kargil War: one of the most important missions of India. Watch Gunjan Saxena to know about the entire story.

Positives:

Crisp runtime
Emotional drama
War episodes
Janhvi Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi
Music and Cinematography

Negatives:

Slow pace
Boring at times

Performances:

Janhvi Kapoor takes the film to the next level with her performance. She looks realistic and everything about her character is well taken care of. Her equation with her father played by Pankaj Tripathi is flawless. The actor delivered his best on screen and is one of the highlights of the film. Gunjan Saxena doesn’t sound like a biopic and it is well crafted. Vineet Kumar Singh and Angad Bedi gets meaty but interesting roles and they did their parts well. All the other actors fit well though they have limited screen presence.

Gunjan Saxena is inspired by the life story of the first woman pilot but it never sounds like a biopic. The screenplay and dialogues look flawless and they are presented well on screen. The music is a mixed bag but Amit Trivedi delivers a decent background score and it is top class during the war episodes. The cinematography work stands out in the entire film. The production values and editing work are a huge support for Gunjan Saxena. Debutant Sharan Sharma takes his time and picks one of the best stories to be narrated.

Verdict:

Gunjan Saxena is more like a realistic emotional story rather than a biopic. The performances and technical aspects make Gunjan Saxena an impressive attempt. Please go ahead and watch it. 

Mana Cinema Rating : ⭐⭐⭐

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