Should We ‘Boycott’ ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’!
Ever since the trailer for Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl released on 31 July, a group of people has been busy calling for a boycott of the film. Is it something new?
No, It has happened to Padmaavat and innumerable other movies in the past. It’s the same chaos, just another reason.
The only constant fallacy that correlates these incidents is the rationalizing encouraging such ‘boycotts.’
So here are reasons not to boycott.
1. This might appear as a shock to some people – ‘Gunjan Saxena : The Kargil Girl‘
Gunjan Saxena has already made all the money it had to. That’s just how the OTT industry works. In the matter of a theatrical release, direct ticket transactions are a portion of the total revenue and matter.
But every time you stream a film, the producers don’t make money because the rights to the film have already been purchased by the OTT platform.
Additionally, Gunjan Saxena has also benefited immensely from the sale of satellite rights to Zee studios.
2. Karan Johar & Janhvi Kapoor are not the solitary personnel who worked on the film
Producing a film is, at the end of the day, a collaborative effort. Sure, judging by the way marketing in the contemporary world works, an actor or a producer or a director might be the face of it.
But it’s the struggles of innumerable other personalities (casting director, supporting actors, junior artists, makeup artists, costume designers, music composer, cameraperson, etc.) that present the film.
3. Gunjan Saxena’s(The Kargil Girl) Story is beyond nepotism & Janhvi Kapoor
Gunjan Saxena’s story is one of a kind. She was the only female aviator to have engaged in the Kargil war, at a time when the concept of women joining the armed forces was almost unimaginable.
It’s a narrative that, in a way, illustrates the then India and people deserve to know.
Gunjan Saxena’s story is more prominent than Janhvi Kapoor or Karan Johar or Dharma Productions. So, even if you don’t like them you can watch the movie only for the narrative.
4. Is boycotting the only response to systemic obstacles?
Even if one believes that nepotism in Bollywood is to blame for all its toxicity and gatekeeping, is boycotting the only way to deal with it?
Nepotism is an industry-wide phenomenon and stopping it is not as easy as just boycotting one production house or one actor or one film, no matter how influential they may seem.
Real transformation always originates from conscious dialogue and perception of the situation from a grassroots level.
By looking at just the trailer, one can recognize that Janhvi has put noteworthy effort into getting into the skin of the character. Shouldn’t we give her a chance for her efforts and let alone her surname?
5. What is the purpose of boycotting?
Though one vehemently holds this sort of resistance, it’s crucial to analyze why the ‘boycotting’ is required in the first place.
The uproar against Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl has been anything but reasonable. The main reason for watching a movie based on a person should be enjoying the truth and honesty of the narrative, rather than scrutinizing the actors for some other reason, which is still invalid.
– Ishani Sarkar, Muhammad Israr-ul Islamand Totinee Chowdhury
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