Hi friends, This week I’d like to share some lessons I learnt from an Indian biographical movie named Gunjan Saxena” – The Kargil Girl !
The story begins in an airplane with a young Gunjan Saxena repeatedly asking her brother Anshuman to allow her to open the airplane window. Her brother doesn’t let her. Seeing her teary eyed,the airhostess takes Gunjan to the cockpit of the plane. Her eyes sparkle as her mind soars . On that crucial day, she decides to become a pilot.
From the very beginning, we see how her brother keeps telling her that girls couldn’t become pilots , the most that she could be was an airhostess. Their dad who is a Colonel corrects his son and assures Gunjan that she could become anything she wanted to but first she needed to complete her education. Irrespective of different hurdles in her way, Gunjan completes her studies and works towards her dream. Meanwhile, both her mother and brother (who is also an Army man) try to dissuade her by saying that the Air Force is not the place for women. Gunjan ignores all the naysayers and goes ahead with the formalities. Soon she finds out that she is the only lady candidate who is selected. She then must face her medical test, during which it was found that she is overweight by 7 kg and short by 1 cm as per the Air Force requirements. She is devastated; however, with encouragement from her dad, she sheds the extra weight. Miraculously, she passes the height requirement too as her arm length and leg length was 1.5 cm more than was required by them. The overjoyed Gunjan goes for training where she finds herself subjected to various inconveniences and injustices due to the male dominated order of the air force. Badly shaken , she takes leave and returns home contemplating marriage. However, she is called back to Defence on Emergency. Due to war, more Airforce pilots were needed. Once again, her elder brother tries to prevent her from going but Gunjan ends up going. She goes for the mission but is asked to abort the mission as her Senior Officers felt that it would be too difficult for her, especially being a woman. Sadly, she complies remembering all the times that the people she had come across had all kept on discouraging her from pursuing her dream. It is then that the news of badly injured army soldiers comes and the Superiors are left with no choice but to send Gunjan. She successfully completes the risky mission and is finally rewarded and acknowledged for her courage!
Life Lessons : Just sharing a few parts that touched my heart! Hope it inspires you too!
- “Let’s work on that which we can control, leave the rest to God”- Gunjan’s dad says the above lines when he tries to inspire her to lose weight so that she could qualify for the IAF. She reminds him that even if she tried , she wouldn’t be able to increase her height no matter how hard she tried! His reply was “… those who try hard and never give up in life, are always rewarded with success in the end.”—His words prove prophetic as she qualifies in her 2nd medical test.
- “Man proposes but God disposes.“- During her 2nd medical exam, the examining Officer says that height-wise, she is 1 cm shorter than requirement but the length of her arm and leg are 1.5 cm above requirement!!! The Officer says to Gunjan’s dad ; “Colonel , when God selects someone to fly a plane, who are we to reject her? So Congrats! your daughter is selected.”
- “ Never underestimate people. You never know who is going to end up saving you.”- The Officer who always belittled her and called her weak and never believed in her, actually believes in her and acknowledges her finally when Gunjan risks her life (even going against orders to abort)and saves him.
- “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do” – H Jackson Brown Jr. Gunjan always believed in herself even when all those around her (except her dad) kept discouraging her .“I have told you that I will not always be there to save you, but now I believe that if I ever needed it, you would always be there to save me!”- says Gunjan’s elder brother finally accepting her and saluting her.
Just a peek into this must see Movie and must hear song!
Have a wonderful week!