PIL seeking stay on Gunjan Saxena to be treated as representation, Delhi HC directs Centre

The PIL seeking a stay on the streaming of Netflix movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, alleged that it depicts the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a bad light

Press Trust of India August 28, 2020 16:20:44 IST
PIL seeking stay on Gunjan Saxena to be treated as representation, Delhi HC directs Centre

The Delhi High Court Friday directed the Centre to treat as representation a PIL seeking a stay on the streaming of a Netflix movie, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, alleging that it depicts the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a bad light.

"The shoulders of the armed forces are broad enough to protect its reputation" and if the IAF has any objections "let them take it up", the court said.

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan disposed of the plea by an NGO against the film starring Janhvi Kapoor.

"Why this kind of sensitivity to a movie or a book? Are our institutions so weak?", the bench said.

It also questioned the legal basis for claiming that IAF has to be shown in a good light and not otherwise.

It directed the Centre to decide the representation in accordance with the law, rules, regulations, and government policy applicable to the case.

The NGO, Justice For Rights Foundation, sought directions to the movie's producers to modify or delete the allegedly objectionable dialogues and scenes in the movie, which portrays the IAF in poor light.

It alleged that some scenes and dialogues in the movie are factually incorrect, misleading, and portray an inappropriate work culture to glorify the screen character of the former Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena.

The NGO had also claimed that the IAF and some of its officers have been shown as gender-biased.

It told the court that as per the initial understanding, Dharma Productions, which produced the film, had promised to represent the IAF authentically and to make all efforts to ensure that the film helps inspire the next generation of IAF officers.

To this, the bench said that if the IAF was aggrieved by it, let it take action.

"The IAF is alive to the situation. Let them take action," it said.

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