Pinki will become a doctor, promises farmer father

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Farmer Rajender Sonkar Friday said he would ensure that his daughter, eight-year-old Pinki, becomes a doctor. For it was surgery that transformed the cleft-lipped girl and made her the protagonist of the Oscar winning film "Smile Pinki".

"I'll make Pinki study so that she can become a doctor and operate upon other children with cleft lips," Sonkar, a poor farmer from Rampur Dabai village in Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur district, told IANS here.

"I'm feeling immense happiness because Pinki is my daughter," he added. He along with Pinki is back from Los Angeles where the film, "Smile Pinki", won the best short documentary Oscar.</