The pilots body feels that the Bollywood film is an inaccurate representation of the profession and airline pilots
By Mayur Lookhar
The box office wasn’t encouraging but there is more disappointment in store for actor-director Ajay Devgn’s Runway 34 . The FIP [Federation of Indian Pilots] has expressed its disappointment over the Bollywood film that released on 29 April.
Runway 34  is loosely inspired by the serious incident pertaining to Jet Airways flight 9W-555 on 18 August 2015. Devgn and his writer Sandeep Kewlani used certain creative liberties to give a more dramatic and fictionalized account of the incident. Though it claimed to be based on true events, but the film’s Skyline airlines and all its characters are fictitious.
The FIP issued a press release, signed by its secretary Captain C.S. Randhawa, wherein it felt that the film is an inaccurate portrayal of the profession and airline pilots.
“The profession of airline pilots has been unrealistically portrayed in the movie and may create apprehensions in the minds of nervous fliers. While we all enjoy being entertained and appreciate the artistic license of a movie director, a thrilling tale should not be perceived as a true depiction of the extraordinary professionalism among airline pilots who perform thousands of flights everyday responsibly and safely without incident and fanfare,” read the statement.
The FIP seemed particularly unimpressed with the portrayal of airline pilots in the film. Devgn played the character of Captain Vikrant Khanna who is shown as an overtly confident, slightly cocky guy who often has a cigarette in his mouth.
“It is reiterated that the character in the movie does not accurately represent our profession and that the industry has a zero-tolerance policy towards deviant behaviour and substance abuse. Our pilots are committed to abide by the highest standard of professionalism to honour the trust reposed in us by our employers, the aviation regulator and the public at large.”
Furthermore, the FIP didn’t hesitate in urging all [directed towards entertainment industry] to stop glorifying nonsense.
Read the full statement by FIP below.