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world, it saw a nationwide release in June. City Express spoke to

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the filmmaker about the documentary and her experience after a


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What is more problematic in your opinion, the beauty pageants


or the training camps?
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Both the systems are exploitative and seek to control women,

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but the brainwashing at these camps that teach women and

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young girls to hate people from other communities is what struck
me as directly problematic. There are a lot of forces that govern

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our lives and it is not black and white. They simultaneously

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empower and disempower them, but how profound is the

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empowerment that these women get? That is the question really.

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Did you at any point try to educate the girls on how their goals
were probably disempowering?

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My job as a filmmaker is to tell a story, trying to educate them is

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not what we as storytellers do. It is up to the audience to decide

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what they feel about these stories. I do ask Prachi in the film,

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and she knows she is fighting for a system that aims to restrict

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her. We all have various belief systems and everyone is

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different. What I learnt was that I’m not any superior because my
belief system is different from theirs. I’m a humanist and I believe

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in equality for everyone, but my values were shaped by the way I

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was brought up. I cannot expect everyone to have the same


opinions as mine.

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What are the contradictions that Prachi (the member of Durga
Vahini) grapples with in comparison to Ruhi (a beauty pageant

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Prachi is aware of the fact that she is being controlled by the
very system that she is fighting for. Her empowerment comes
from the oppression of other women and that is a very difficult

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situation to be in. Her story is poignant because of this very fact.


Ruhi, on the other hand, comes from a supportive family, is from

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a small town and has a lot of aspirations. However, her thoughts
after losing the crown were about how she would have to limit
her ambitions since she would need to marry, settle down and
look after her kids. This seemed very interesting to me, how

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