Meryl Streep Backs The Nirbhaya Documentary For Oscar Nomination

By Susmita Bhattacharya | 2 years ago
Meryl Streep Backs The Nirbhaya Documentary For Oscar Nomination
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 03: Actress Meryl Streep attends the “Ricki And The Flash” New York premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on August 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

The much controversial documentary “India’s Daughter” deserves an Academy Award …yes that is what Hollywood Veteran Meryl Streep feels while introducing it at its US theatrical release in New York City on Wednesday, October 14.

The highly controversial hour-long documentary talks about the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student named Jyoti Singh on a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012. The victim had later succumbed to intestinal injuries inflicted by her attackers, after 13 days. The horrific incident shook the entire country and led to nationwide protests.

Consequently, the documentary was banned in India as the government felt that it showed India in a “poor light” and it “encouraged” violence against women. The film had sparked a controversy in the country after critics said that making a film on the details of the rapists and their family members is unnecessary. People said that the country does not need to depict such a gruesome rape through a documentary.

On the other hand, Academy award winning actress Meryl Streep backed the documentary for its nomination to the Oscars. The actress expressed that she will campaign for the documentary’s nomination.


After the brutal torture by six men, including a 17-year-old, the 23-year-old medical student was popularly known as “Nirbhaya” or fearless. The British filmmaker Leslee Udwin includes interviews of Nirbhaya’s parents, doctors, the police, and lawyers. The documentary exhibits an extensive footage of interviews, including one of the perpetrators of Jyoti, named Mukesh Singh, who has displayed an appalling lack of remorse blaming the woman for the rape and justified his crime and blamed the victim for roaming in the evening with a male friend. All the assailants were handed capital punishment and are now on death row.

It was aired by the BBC in the UK and other countries in March, despite the ban in India. In compliance with the Indian government’s orders, BBC released it on YouTube but decided not to release the film in India. The director, Udwin, was presented a legal notice by the Tihar Jail authorities who questioned her act of interacting with the convicts in prison. It will be released on October 23 in the United States.


However, Oscar-winning Streep is of a different ideology after watching the film. Ms. Streep stated that she was left numb when she first saw the film and said it was worthy of the movie industry’s highest honor. The movie will open in US theaters on October 23, promoter Christine Merser said. Screenings are also scheduled in a handful of countries from Iceland to China.

Photo Source: Official Website/ Meryl Streep


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