»The World Before Her« – A documentary about Miss India and a Hindu fundamentalist

Yesterday night in India. Two German friends and me sat together talking about our experiences as expats in India. We discussed the image of India in the rest of the world because of the media coverage. One of them showed me a very interesting trailer for a documentary.

»The World Before Her« delivers a provocative portrait of India and its current cultural conflicts during a key transitional era in the country’s modern history. Moving between two extremes – the intimate vérité drama of the Miss India pageant’s rigorous beauty “bootcamp” and the intense regime of a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls.

This is a deleted scene from »The World Before Her«, the story of Tulsi, a girl from a village in Uttar Pradesh, India who dreamt of becoming Miss India.

Watch the lessons being given to young women inside Durga Vahini Camp in Aurangabad.

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