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Smile Pinki (2008)

A destitute Indian child meets a social worker who makes it possible for her to obtain free surgery to cure her cleft lip.


Megan Mylan
Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Anti Chauhan Anti Chauhan ... Herself
Ghutaru Chauhan Ghutaru Chauhan ... Himself
Virendra Kumar Das Virendra Kumar Das ... Himself
Ravi Anand Manya Ravi Anand Manya ... Himself
Nirmala Pal Nirmala Pal ... Herself
Pooja Pal Pooja Pal ... Herself
Surendar Pal Surendar Pal ... Himself
Lalchand Sankar Lalchand Sankar ... Himself
Manoj Sharma Manoj Sharma ... Himself
Shruti Shukla Shruti Shukla ... Herself
Pankaj Kumar Singh Pankaj Kumar Singh ... Himself
Ramesh Singh Ramesh Singh ... Himself
Subodh Kumar Singh Subodh Kumar Singh ... Himself (as Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh)
Vinay Kumar Singh Vinay Kumar Singh ... Himself
Pinki Kumari Sonkar Pinki Kumari Sonkar ... Herself


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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Documentary | Short






Bhojpuri | Hindi

Release Date:

17 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Улыбайся, Пинки See more »

Filming Locations:

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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lips of sorrow and joy
24 February 2017 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Megan Mylan's Oscar-winning "Smile Pinki" focuses on a girl with a cleft lip in one of the poorest parts of India, and how a social worker gathers people to go to a hospital to have their cleft lips treated. Part of what we get to see in the documentary is the traditions in the girl's village, and how the townspeople think that her cleft lip resulted from an eclipse. In an era when it's possible to get cleft lips treated, I hate to think how it must have been for people before it was possible. As shown in the documentary, Pinki had gotten ostracized in her village because of her cleft lip. But hope arrived once it got fixed. This one of many documentaries about the good that people have done for each other amid all the bad in the world. I recommend it.

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