Janhvi Kapoor to essay first woman IAF pilot in Johar's next


Actress Janhvi Kapoor made her acting debut with Dhadak, opposite Ishaan Khatter. She has also been roped in for Karan Johar's big budget historical Takht featuring an ensemble cast. And now, rumour has it that the young actress will be essaying Gunjan Saxena, India's first female IAF pilot, in yet another film from Johar's Dharma Production.

According to a Mumbai Mirror report, Janhvi has already met Saxena to understand her and her mannerisms better. The report also said that the project will go on floors in 2019, though it has not been finalised who will direct the film.

Saxena was one of the 25 women who were part of the first batch of women IAF trainee pilots. During the 1999 Kargil war, Saxena and her colleague flight lieutenant Srividya Rajan were part of Operation Vijay in which they were expected to fly Cheetah helicopters to evacuate injured soldiers. For her outstanding show of courage, she was awarded the Shaurya Vir gallantry award. She was also the first woman to receive this honour from the army.