Documentry on Durga Vahini and Miss India nominated for Emmy awards

Nisha Pahuja’s award-winning documentary, The World Before her, has another feather added in its cap. The film presented by Anurag Kashyap has been nominated for the prestigious Emmy awards in the Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story category.

The nominations for the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, known as the Academy awards of American television, were announced on Tuesday. The awards will be presented on September 30, 2014.

The non-fiction feature, which released in India on June 6 ran successfully for three weeks in the major cities and is opening in Chandigarh on July 18. It is the first documentary to release in Chandigarh.


The Canadian born Indian director says, “It is such an honour to be nominated for an Emmy and especially to receive the news in India where the team has worked so hard to get the film out to audiences.

I couldn’t quite believe the message when I received it in my inbox! In many ways it makes all the long hours and years that have gone into this film even more worth it! I hope the nomination encourages audiences in India to continue to support The World Before Her, and just as importantly, I hope this continues to build and strengthen the documentary community here. It really feels like there is an acceptance and awareness now around docs in India–let’s hope with every accomplishment by any filmmaker all of us benefit in some way!”

Shiladitya Bora, Head PVR Rare who is elated about the Emmy nomination adds, “Shiladitya Bora, Head PVR Rare who is elated about the Emmy nomination adds, “We are very proud of our association with The World Before Her. Having run successfully for three weeks in nine cities, it is the highest grossing documentary to be released in India. We are releasing the film in Chandigarh on July 18.”

Synopsis: The World Before Her, which released in US and Canada, shifts between the fascinating worlds of the Miss India pageant and a Hindu fundamentalist camp for girls. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—her ticket to stardom. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is a young, militant leader at a camp for girls run by the Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of the VHP. Here she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity, and Islam.

Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a critical, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a key transitional moment—and of two women who hope to shape its future. The film also features former Miss India Pooja Chopra, who was a near victim of female infanticide.

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