Updated: June 12, 2021 18:47 IST
Rating : 3/5
Inspired by the real-life stories of skateboarding becoming a popular sport in rural India. Directed by Manjarii Makijany, Skater Girl is a coming-of-age film set in a small village in Rajasthan, India. Prerna (Rachel Saanchita Gupta) is a young girl from a lower caste family who wishes to be free from all the woes that come with living in a poor lower caste family in rural India. Jessica (Amy Maghera) leaves London and arrives in Prerna's village. Jessica does not quite know what she wants to do in the village. Her sole purpose in staying in the village is to feel at home in her father's home town. Their two paths cross. Jessica and her friend introduce Prerna and the other kids of the village to the sport of skateboarding. How does the sport help Prerna finally break away from the shackles of her socioeconomic status and how the sport affects the village dynamics is central to the film.
The title and the poster of the film might suggest that the film is about a small-town girl who becomes a huge skateboarding star. While that would have been a good film, Skater Girl is much more. The feel good film follows the journey of Prerna who finally breaks through the shackles of caste, gender norms and the "way of life" towards a journey of self-discovery. The film builds two world views. Firstly, the progressives, trying to give the kids of the village a chance to explore themselves. Secondly, the archaic but omnipresent system of caste and the older generation that seeks to maintain it. Prerna is at the heart of the conflict between the two. Her story will make you cry one minute and laugh the other. One minute the film showcases the joy that Prerna feels when she gets on the skateboard. The very next minute, we see the hardship she faces because of her gender and caste everywhere she goes.
A little more brain storming at the writers' table could have given this feel good film depth. However, it is a great film to watch at the end of the day and completely worth your time.