Gunjan Saxena movie review: Janhvi Kapoor starrer set-piece biopic manages to regale

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Gunjan Saxena Movie Review
"Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl"; Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Viineet Kumar Singh, Manav Vij; Direction: Sharan Sharma; Rating: * * * (three stars)
 
We will gloss over the veracity of facts, particularly the presentation of Indian Air Force, and keep the scope of this review to discussing cinematic elements. Factuality has never been a strong point with mainstream Bollywood, after all.
 
 
Gunjan Saxena's life unfolds as a set-piece biopic, played out to a pattern. The approach has its advantage. When your aim is to inspire with the story of an achiever who triumphed against all odds, keeping it simple and formulaic is the best way to connect with the larger audience.
 
The flip side is "Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl" misses out on probing deeper into the mind and persona of its subject, unlike the recent "Shakuntala Devi". There is no visible effort to explore the warts of a human being here, while defining a woman who defied every stereotype to emerge a winner.

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