Oscar-winning director sees film's positive impact
By Rituparna Bhowmik
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A short film about a poor Indian girl with a cleft lip fetched filmmaker Megan Mylan her maiden Oscar this year, and now she can't wait to do more films that could help improve people's lives.
Her 39-minute "Smile Pinki" documentary shows how the life of its outcast heroine, Pinki Sonkar, changes after she is taken to a hospital that provides free surgery to fix the deformity for thousands of children.
The film also helped increase awareness about the condition, gave Sonkar the chance of a better education and brought improvements to her remote village.
The documentary premieres Wednesday on HBO. Speaking from San Francisco, Mylan told Reuters that she plans a limited release of the film in five Indian cities.
Q: How has life changed for you after the Oscar?
A: "It has sort of turned it upside down, but probably not in the way people would expect. Careerwise it's not a game-changing thing. Documentary filmmaking is such a small field anyway. I'm not swamped with offers, and I'm not terribly surprised, either. It's a wonderful recognition of the fact that I'm not lousy at what I do."
Q: How did people react after you won the Oscar?
A: "I have had people reaching out who I've known from all walks of my life. I feel like I had this tremendous embrace from people reaching out to say 'We're so happy for you.' I'm still in the afterglow period. Continued...