Skater Girl is a 2021 Indian-American coming-of-age sports drama film directed by Manjari Makijany. The cast includes newcomers Rachel Sanchita Gupta and Shafin Patel, and also stars Amrit Maghera, Jonathan Readwin and Waheeda Rehman. It was written by Manjari and Vinati Makijany, who also co-produced the film through their Indian production company Mac Productions. It was released on 11 June 2021 by Netflix.
Skater Girl is a coming-of-age story about confidence, courage, and the profound impact of blazing your own trail.
Set in a remote village in Rajasthan, India, the film follows Prerna (Rachel Saanchita Gupta in her debut performance), a local teen living a life bound by tradition and duty to her parents.
But when London-bred advertising executive Jessica (Amy Maghera) arrives in the village to learn more about her late father’s childhood, Prerna and the other local children are introduced to an exciting new adventure thanks to Jessica and her old friend (Jonathan Readwin) who cruises into town on a skateboard.
The kids become infatuated with the sport, skating through the village, disrupting everything and everyone around them.
Determined to empower and encourage their newfound passion, Jessica sets out on an uphill battle to build the kids their own skatepark, leaving Prerna with a difficult choice between conforming to society’s expectations of her or living out her dream of competing in the National Skateboarding Championships.
Rachel Sanchita Gupta as Prerna
Shraddha Gaikwad as Gunjan
Amrit Maghera as Jessica
Waheeda Rehman as Maharani
Shafin Patel as Ankush
Anurag Arora as Mahesh
Jonathan Readwin as Erick
Swati Das as Shanti
Ankit Rao as Vikram
Ambrish Saxena as Ramkesh
Vivek Yadav as Tipu
Sohan Suhalka as Vishwinath
Sahidur Rahaman as Police Officer
Production of the film under the title Desert Dolphin took place in a village near Udaipur, Rajasthan called Khempur. As the central set of the film, the Producers decided to build Rajasthan’s first and India’s largest skatepark in Khempur which was also the location for the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The film brought together crew from the US, Canada and India. Production on the film completed in early 2020.
The production employed approximately five hundred cast and crew including over three hundred and fifty village locals during the making of the movie. Over three thousand children were auditioned, many of them skaters from skate communities across India. The filmmakers spent over a year researching, writing and meeting with teenage girls and young boys in Rajasthan to write Prerna and Ankush’s characters as authentically as possible. Fifty five skaters from across India featured in the movie including 34 local skaters from Khempur.
Post Production was completed in Los Angeles at Warner Bros. Post Production Facilities.