In February 2007, little Pinki, now 7, teased by friends for a cleft-lip, walked 50 km to the GS Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital in Varanasi for a corrective cleft surgery.
Having got her smile back, Pinki, the protagonist of Megan Mylan’s 39-minute Hindi-Bhojpuri documentary, Smile Pinki, which is among four films nominated for the Oscars in the Best Short Documentary category, flew into New Delhi on Monday with her daily-wager father Rajendra Sonkar and plastic surgeon Dr Subodh Singh.
From New Delhi, Pinki will fly early Tuesday to New York from where she will head for Los Angeles to attend the Oscar ceremony on February 22.
Interestingly, Pinki still doesn’t know anything about the Oscars. “It’s a prize I’m going to get for my lips,” she said innocently when quizzed about it.
While in the US, Pinki and her father will visit Universal Studios and Disneyland. Sonkar, however, will not be attending the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles. Dr Singh will be seated with Pinki and Mylan during the ceremony.
“While we’re at the ceremony, Smile Train Project, the global initiative to treat children with cleft lips, as part of which Pinki was operated upon, will organize a big party outside the venue,” Dr Singh told HT today.
Sonkar, when told that he would not be present at the ceremony, said: “Humke pinka ke sange rahe ke baa.” (I want to be with Pinki). It was not immediately clear why he would not be attending the Oscar ceremony.
Meanwhile, Pinki, who, till only a few weeks ago, was a shy girl was a different person today, especially when dealing with the media.
“Aur kitna photo khichba?” (How many more snaps will you all click?), she asked confidently.