Smile Pinki (2008)

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Pinki is a five-year-old girl from a village in the Mirzapur District, India, born into a desperately poor family, and with a cleft lip. Pinki never realized that this condition required ... See full summary »


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Pinki is a five-year-old girl from a village in the Mirzapur District, India, born into a desperately poor family, and with a cleft lip. Pinki never realized that this condition required just one simple operation until she met Pankaj, a social worker traveling from village to village gathering patients to go to hospital in Varanasi that provides free surgery to thousands each year. This real-world fairy tale follows its protagonist journey to a dream smile from isolation and shame. Written by TriVin Dreamer

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Улыбайся, Пинки  »

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The modern fairytale, one smile at a time
27 April 2013 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Every year, the G.S. Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital in Banaras, India provides free surgery to Indian children who are born with cleft lips and palates. When this documentary begins, social worker Pankaj helps to spread the word of what the hospital does by travelling from village to village to inform the villagers of anyone they know to come for a surgery at the hospital, which will be done free.

One of those he met on his trip is Pinki Sonkar. She is a five-year-old living in one of the poorest areas of India. Her condition meant that she is ostracised and could not attend the local village school. It was Pankaj's meeting with her and her family which would allow them to come to the hospital, where Pinki will have the surgery done without charge.

Pinki's story is similar to the many Indian families who have children having conditions similar to hers, in terms how they look at why their children would have such conditions. One common theory is the children being born under the eclipse. It would be the effort of the G.S. Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital which will annually seeing families coming for consultation of their children's condition.

Pinki would come to have her surgery, and the final result was something her parents have liked. How her life has become since the surgery would want to make the viewer believe that there is still goodwill in the world, making this documentary very heart-warming and leaving the viewer feeling that there is still some feel-good factor about the world.

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