The World Before Her

The World Before Her

2.5 318 Ratings

Directed by : Nisha Pahuja

Release Date : | Length : 90 Minutes

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Moving between two extremes - the intimate verite drama of the Miss India pageant's rigorous beauty "bootcamp" and the intense regime of a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls. The World Before Her delivers a provocative portrait of India and its current cultural conflicts during a key transitional era in the co...more

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“Hard-hitting but not melodramatic, The World Before Her is an honest and moving documentary on the problems women in India are facing. A must watch.”

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Real and riveting

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Nisha Pahuja pulls of an amazing coup as hers become the first film crew to shoot a Durga Vahini (women's wing of Bajrang Dal) camp in Aurangabad and follows 24-year old Prachi who trains young girls there. She also follows the fortunes of Ruhi Singh as she prepares and competes in the final rounds of Miss India 2011.

Placing these two contrasting worlds alternately, she creates a riveting film on the wildly different lives open to the modern Indian women.

The best part of the documentary is that it doesn't judge. (In fact, there's no voice-over and only the occasional subtitles help set the context.) While it covers controversial issues like female foeticide, justification of right-wing violence, cosmetic surgery, small-town ambition, relative merits of Indian and western cultures - it restricts itself to giving a dispassionate, non-judgemental view that delivers a stronger punch.

After watching the film, I wanted to just go home and hug my daughter. And not let go.

Twelve hours later, I still feel the same.

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