Every year, 20 young, beautiful and ambitious women compete for the title of Miss India. They undergo a strict regime of beauty care and physical training to transform themselves into modern Indian women. It may look like an extremely superficial process, but winning this prestigious title can ultimately lead to freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. Elsewhere in India, Durga Vahini, the female wing of the biggest fundamentalist Hindu movement in India, is running a training camp. Young girls are taught self-defense and how to protect the Hindu culture, as well as how to suppress their own will as women. In the eyes of the fundamentalist Hindus, also known as “the Indian Taliban,” the Indian beauty contest is nothing more than an obscene threat to traditional values.
- Nisha Pahuja
- Pooja Chopra, Marc Robinson, Ankita Shorey, Ruhi Singh, Prachi Trivedi
- 90 min