IK Khanna Retired Wing Commander, has said that Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, starring Janhvi Kapoor, is riddled with inaccuracies.
IK Khanna trained the first batch of IAF female pilots,
IK Khanna said, “I was one of the instructors back in July 1994 when the first batch of seven women pilots arrived at the Air Force Station at Yelahanka, Bengaluru, to commence training on IAF transport aircraft,” Khanna wrote. Wondering if the film’s screenplay was shared with the IAF, Khanna wrote that under his watch, all women pilots were treated as equals, and “No one had to run to their room to change as shown in Gunjan Saxena.”
Khanna also narrated the story of Harita Kaur Deol, who was supposed to be accompanied by a journalist on a training flight, in which she would operate not unlike the one Gunjan performs in the film — shutting down an engine and restarting it in air. “As she went through the paces with a demonstration of the exercise by the instructor followed by practice by her, I could see the journalist sweating more than Harita,”