Powered with the excitement of viewing wheeled kid stars carry out kickflips and ollies on asphalt and charged with the heart-tinged battle of a lady trying to find self-fulfilment through skating, the movie commemorates the spirit of skating that looks beyond social mores.
In 2018, when she was hunting for the ideal town to cause screen, Makijany’s choice to shoot in Rajasthan was three-pronged. Her requirements were: “It should be a rustic village that we could use as a backdrop, but also have some concrete roads where kids could skate. Additionally, it should have enough kids in and around the village so the skatepark would be beneficial to the local community.” She includes, “We had the added responsibility of building a skatepark in a place where it would have the scope to create change long after the film was shot.”
The Desert Dolphin Skatepark in Khempur, 14,500sqft of undulating area made from concrete, was integrated in 45 days for the movie by skatepark style business 100 Ramps, and skate cumulative Holystoked. Today, it stands as an area to empower the neighborhood through the art of skateboarding. “It was the best decision we made,” states Makijany about establishing a neighborhood skatepark for the regional kids. “This skatepark represents hope, inspiration, and changing dreams. There’s a kid who was written off in the village as being ‘slow’, but he took to skateboarding and now he’s one of the most expressive, creative kids, who represented Rajasthan in the National Championships,” she shares happily.
With skateboarding formally getting in the Olympics in 2021, Makijany hopes the skatepark will cultivate lots of future skills from this unfamiliar town. “Skateboarding truly is an amazing catalyst to disrupt and bring about change. We hope our little initiative of social change impacts the local community and continues to thrive long beyond the film,” she states. As for those viewing the movie this weekend, she hopes they “aren’t simply influenced by Prerna’s journey, however discover a connection to their own self and motivation to follow their dreams. In these times when whatever can appear so grim, I desire this movie to be a breath of fresh air and bring hope.”
Manjari Makijany’s launching movie, Skater Girl releases on Netflix on June 11, 2021