Disturbingly hard-hitting, crucifying and vulnerable at the same time.
Nisha Pahuja creates a ravishing blend, a blend that’s too different from the exterior but evenly similar at the same time.
Women have always been degraded in our country, even though our constitution has given them equal rights but to be honest, that’s just paper based.
Over the years, things might have become better for them, but there’s still a lot of dirt, filth and hypocrisy left.
‘The World Before Her’ is certainly an eye opener for everyone, but only if we keep all the prejudices and preconceived notions aside.
Pahuja captures two completely different worlds whereas she could have shown each of them independently, and I’m sure even that would have blown us all over.
On the contrary, Pahuja’s sharp and aesthetic move shows us two different visions, two different beliefs and two different upbringings.
The film bounces between two completely opposite personalities— Ruhi Singh, who aspires to become Miss India, and Prachi Trivedi, a militant Hindu nationalist with the Durga Vahini.
Both these women are sharp and strong headed but lack something or the other, for one it is the mentality and the upbringing, for the other it’s the urge and the want to do anything for the crown, but still sticking to the old traditions.
Documentaries are labeled as boring-old school-torturous, it’s true, people do that.
But this one is completely different! It has humour, it has phenomenal music and it has emotions.
It will puzzle you, it won’t let you settle down and it won’t let you dislike either of the girls. That is the best thing about this documentary, it never turns judgemental. It never judges the Durga Vahini, it never judges the Miss India contest because both of them have major flaws and both of them have positivities.
12-13 year old girls, not even women, learning martial arts and shooting. That’s such a proud thing, right?
For their parents and the Durga Vahini Camp, it really is.
This sight would really break your heart, and specially after listening to their point of views, you would probably want to bang your head against a wall.
“Muslims and Christians are spoiling this country, Hinduism is the best religion, and if we are ever pinpointed, we would happily kill them.”
“Doodh Maango Kheer Denge, Kashmir Maango Cheer Denge”
(Ask us for milk, we’ll give you rice pudding, ask us for Kashmir, and we’ll slaughter you)
These girls and women, this is what they’ve been taught. It’s not their fault because at a very tender age, they are forced to believe and follow this stupid and unreal belief.
The only positive sign over here? They are trained to be independent, they are trained to be strong. They can use all this and create a better India but right now, they’re just in the opposite direction.
Prachi Trivedi’s dad grossed me out. That man proudly told the camera that once Prachi lied to him, so he decided to brand her with a hot iron rod. Yes, as a punishment!
He constantly criticised modern India, constantly criticised the Miss India contestants for wearing short clothes, whereas he himself was topless. Ain’t that disturbing? His ugly looking hairy chest?
No one has the right to judge or question the other person, specially a woman. He kept on criticising the western world, even though he was using a laptop. Laptop is westernised too, ain’t it?
Prachi and her father, both of them criticised the Miss India pageant, but it was still on, and they were still watching it.
When will this hypocrisy stop? When?
Coming to the Miss India pageant, even though women are free over here and are respected a lot more, the way they are treated, it’s hideous. The mandatory Botox injections!
The frightful round in Goa where the girls were made to cover their faces along with their torsos with weird white sheets and walk the ramp to woo the stupid and idiotic judge Mark Robinson, who wanted to see and rate the their legs? I mean, seriously? Lol!
Over here, women are treated like objects, that’s what it portrayed.
The tearjerking moment when Pooja Chopra’s (Miss India’2009) mom reveals her story, how her husband was against another girl child and wanted her to kill Pooja after she was born, it terrifies me at the same time. When educated people talk like this, it just breaks your heart, it demolishes it.
Why do people degrade women? Women are way above us, way above men. Pooja’s mom and Pooja herself, they are surely going to inspire a lot of women out there and I really hope they manage to open the eyes of stupid Indians who believe that a girl child shouldn’t be alive.
I’m glad I have such amazing parents because they wanted a girl, not a boy. Sadly, they have two boys now who make their lives hell, but they still love us and do everything for us. (Love you mom-dad)
Running parallel to this, Prachi said that she listens to her father because her father let her live.
How stupid is that? The only thing I liked about Prachi was that she stands up for something she detests, she doesn’t wanna get married, so she argues with her parents and fights for it.
On the other hand, Ruhi Singh is blessed to have such amazing and intelligent parents who constantly support her and guide her but the problem is the mentality and the thinking.
In the end, when she’s talking about her loss and how she really hated the girls who won, she said something that was really strange and weak.
“I want to live my age because after 4-5 years, I’ll probably get married and have kids, so I won’t be able to live these moments.”
A modern woman talking like this, it’s really disappointing.
Somewhere down the line, both these women and both the sections, they are demeaned by the society and the medieval thought processes.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND this documentary, it will really open your eyes but you’ll have never-ending questions, than answers.
*I hope people change their perspectives towards women.
To all the women out there: All of you, you make our world beautiful, and you add value to this country as well as this world.*