Smile Pinki won an Oscar in the Best Short Documentary category at the 81st academy awards. Smile Pinki is the story of a child with a cleft lip. The film had been nominated along with four other documentaries at the famed Academy Awards.
Elated at the victory, Mylan thanked the eight-year- old girl, who could not smile due to her cleft-lip and was teased as "othkatti' (one with a cut lip) for letting her tell her story. "Thank you Pinki. Thank you for letting me tell your incredible story," said Mylan while accepting the Oscar.
The story is based on a little girl belonging to Dabai village in Uttar Pradesh's Ahura district. The film by Megan Mylan depicts the saga of six-year-old Pinky who becomes a social outcast because of a cleft lip. In the 39-minute documentary, the girl from this obscure village of Uttar Pradesh, undergoes corrective surgery and gets a normal childhood.
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