Playing a war hero in her upcoming film, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, is a reason good enough for Janhvi Kapoor to be all excited. But the fact that she tried flying the chopper herself for her role has given her more reasons to smile. She plays Gunjan Saxena, the first Indian woman Air Force pilot in combat, in the film.
No doubt the actress has gone through some training and research to understand her character better. In fact, she shared in a recent interview that she got so close to actually flying the chopper while filming the movie. “I got to do things that I never get to do in real life. I got to fly a chopper. I flew it myself. I don’t know if I am allowed to say this. I had a pilot with me, Francesco, whose helicopter it was. I ended up spending so many hours in the chopper that he was like, ‘You know what to do so I will sit here but I will hand over the controls to you’.”
Janhvi also shared that ever since she started working on the film, she has been stuck on the desire to become a pilot and fly a helicopter. She said, “Before we shot all the aerial stuff, I spent a year shooting for the film and almost every day I was saying that I want to become a pilot. So, when I finally sat in the chopper, I got emotional, everyone on the set was teary-eyed. It was a very emotional journey.”
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl also stars Pankaj Tripathi and Angad Bedi and is being directed by Sharan Sharma. It is produced by Karan Johar and is scheduled to release on March 13, 2020.