She’s a very talented documentary film-maker passionately involved with women’s issues, but that’s not Poojita Chowdhury’s only introduction—she is also the daughter of serving Union Minister for Women and Child Development, firebrand politician Renuka Chowdhury. There’s word that Poojita is readying to tie the knot with a US-based NRI called Chaitanya —it’s apparently an arranged marriage. The nuptials are scheduled to take place in Hyderabad on November 23 and will be followed by a reception in New Delhi that will be attended by the who’s who of the political world. But despite the heavy duty guest list, the the family wants to keep the whole affair low key, given the current economic climate in the country.
Poojita, 30, has been in the news for her women centric films. A few years ago when women barbers were banned from working at the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, Poojita took up the matter. She has made films like Gender Bender— about women breaking the glass ceiling in male-dominated careers. The first marriage of Poojita, the elder of Renuka’s two daughters, ended in an acrimonous divorce which got widespread media attention because Renuka invoked dowry laws against her in-laws.