Pooja Chopra, a recent selection to "The Times Most Desirable Women in India" is considered one of the rising stars in Bollywood but if not for the strength and courage of her mother the fans of this beautiful actress would never have received the opportunity to know her.
She and her mother are the focus of the documentary "The World Before Her" which tells the story of events that revolved around her birth, a daughter who could have been and very likely would have been subjected to female infanticide if her mother had not been strong and left her husband and his family after they informed her that she must either forfeit the marriage or kill her daughter.
The woman slated for death at 20 days old is now a symbol of pride to the country of India and a symbol against the value system of choosing boys over girls. She became a beauty pageant winner who after winning the Femina Miss India crown represented the country at the 2009 Miss World pageant where she reached the semifinals and came home with the "Beauty With a Purpose" award.
She is now in the public eye as a Bollywood actress with her most recent role as a leading lady in the action film "Commando" but it is her close relationship between her and her mother that has made her the focus of the entertainment industry.
Poojra Chopra is the new face of the debate against female infanticide and is a Bollywood actress who succeeded against the most improbable odds thanks to the love of her mother and a desire to make her mother proud.