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Delhi High Court refuses to stay Netflix film Gunjan Saxena’s streaming, sets aside Centre’s plea

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to stay the streaming of Netflix film ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ in response to the central government’s plea that the film’s streaming should be stopped since the film allegedly depicts the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a bad light.

For context, the central government has claimed the movie has dented the image of the IAF as it showed that the force is gender-biased, which is not correct.

However, the Delhi High Court on this day said that an injunction cannot be granted at this point to stop the streaming of the film since it’s already out. The Bench, led by Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked Centre why it did not approach the court before the release of the film ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ on the Over The Top (OTT) platform.

However, the court also sought a response of Dharma Productions Private Limited, which produced the film, and Netflix on the Centre’s plea to stop streaming of the movie.

The court said it was of the view that former Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena should also be made a party to the suit and issued notice to her, seeking her response.

Earlier, Rekha Sharma, who heads the National Commission of Women (NCW), had asked the makers of ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ to discontinue screening the movie. She stated that they should apologize for showing IAF in the negative light, especially when it’s not true.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) had also penned a letter to the censor board after ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ featuring Janhvi Kapoor in the led role, has released on Netflix. In the letter, they have stated that while Karan Johar promised authenticity, the film has not presented all facts and is misleading.

Produced by Karan Johar, ‘Gunjan Saxena’ shows IAF in a negative light, read the letter. It also stated that the film displays inappropriate work culture especially against women in IAF, which is misleading. Calling the summary of scenes and dialogues in the script objectionable, IAF stated that they approached the production house (Dharma Productions, headed by Karan Johar), but they did not delete the scenes.