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Born: 1975 (age 45 years), Lucknow, India

Education: Hansraj College, University of Delhi

Battles/wars: Kargil War

Rank: Flight Lieutenant

Years of service: 1996–2004

Service/branch: Indian Air Force

Books: The Kargil Girl: An Autobiography

Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena is the first woman Indian Air Force (IAF) officer to enter a war zone.

In 1999, during Kargil War, Gunjan Saxena along with her fellow Lieutenant Srividya Rajan flew a Cheetah helicopter in the combat zone and rescued several soldiers.

Earlier, film Director Karan Johar took to Twitter to release the teaser of his upcoming film ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ which is the biopic of lieutenant Gunjan Saxena.

Actress Janhvi Kapoor is roped in for the role.

Gunjan Saxena was born in an Army officer family in the year 1975 and is currently 44 years old.

Her father and brother served the Indian Army. Gunjan Saxena completed her graduation from Hansraj College, University of Delhi.

She joined Safdarjung Flying Club, New Delhi to learn the basics of flying during her college days.

Gunjan Saxena is married to an IAF officer who is a pilot by profession and flies IAF Mi-17 Helicopter.

The couple has a daughter Pragya who was born in the year 2004.

Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena got selected in the Indian Air Force along with 25 other women trainee pilots in the year 1994.

This was the first batch of women IAF trainee pilots.

Indian Army carried out two major operations during Kargil War– Operation Vijay and Operation Safed Sagar.

Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena was associated with Operation Vijay.

Thus, all male and female pilots were called in to serve the nation.

Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena was the first woman to receive the ‘Shaurya Chakra Award’.

She was awarded for her courage and determination in the Kargil War zone.

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She stated that there was a dearth of separate washrooms and changing rooms.

So, she and her female coursemates took turns standing as guards while the others changed in order to safeguard privacy.

But these facilities were later restored.

Around 500 Indian army officers, soldier, and jawans were killed during the Kargil War.

Gunjan is often referred to as the “Kargil Girl.”

In 2018, a Bollywood biopic on Gunjan Saxena was announced in which Jhanvi Kapoor played Gunjan Saxena’s role.

After seven years of her service in the Indian Military, Gunjan’s tenure as a Chopper Pilot ended in July 2004.

Currently, Gunjan is a homemaker residing at Jamnagar in Gujarat.

Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena is also known as the ‘Kargil Girl’.

During the Kargil War nearly 500 Indian Army officers, soldiers and jawans were killed.

In 2004, after serving for 7 years as a Chopper Pilot, Gunjan Saxena’s service with Indian Military ended.

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