Meet two Indian women: a pageant contestant and the leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls.
This is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment — and of two women who hope to shape its future. By Nisha Pahuja. POV: The World Before Her airs Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9 p.m. on WXXI World.