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If love is a pill, and marriage an injection with big side effects, then what is the right prescription for girls' self-determination in India today ? Set against the city of Chennai, "Paadhai" is a home for disadvantaged girls offering shelter, learning and self-empowerment. Through personal stories of girls, including that of 21 year old Amulpriya, the director reveals why gender relations are so dominant in Indian society : They are the crucial social question that runs through all sections, even the often-invoked caste system.