2. As was expected, Pooja’s father demanded that Pooja be put in an orphanage, or be killed. Pooja’s mother left her husband, vowing to raise their daughter alone and into a woman that would make her proud.
4. Watch Pooja’s mother tell the moving story of saving her daughter’s life:
6. Director Nisha Pahuja said, of Pooja’s story:
I remember when Pooja told me the story of almost being killed at birth for being a girl… That moment became a turning point for me in terms of the focus of the film. I knew it had to be about the struggles that so many Indian women continue to face. It also changed the way I looked at Miss India – suddenly it was no longer passé or just simply derogatory. It was so much more complex. I had to ask myself: given the Indian context, can I disregard my Western prejudices and see a beauty pageant as “empowering”? It’s something I still grapple with.
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