Last week filmmaker Yasmin Kidwai screened Chukker - Around Polo, said to be the first documentary to be made on the game in India. A mother of two and a treasurer of Kamla Nehru College, Yasmin tells us more about the film...
Your earlier films have been women-centric. What prompted you to make a film on polo?
Though I do a lot of women related stuff, that’s not all I do. Development and old age issues are also a large part of the work that I have done over the years. As for polo, I saw my first polo match and was convinced that it had to be captured in a film.
Tell us about your life in Delhi.
I studied in Hindu College. When I was in school, I used to go to Archana and Alankar cinema halls to watch films. I liked Shakuntalam in Pragati Maidan particularly for off-beat movies. PVR was a favourite.
How come you’re in the governing body of two colleges?
Yes, but I am not related to the day-to-day administration work of these colleges. My role is related to bigger decisions like policy making.
Which are your favourite hangout places in Delhi?
I like going to Khan Market and often have meetings at Cafe Turtle there. Sometimes I like to visit Janpath...otherwise I hardly have time.
Do you think Delhi can become a world-class city by 2010?
I don’t think there is any benchmark for becoming a world class city. Delhi will definitely host a world class games by 2010.
Is it true that you once crossed a river hanging on the back of a dacoit?
Yes, it happened years ago during winters. I was researching for a film on bandits. We were in the wild of Madhya Pradesh, a region heavily infested with dacoits. I was with my team and then we reached this river bank. There was an option to cross the river on a tyre but that meant getting wet. But then we met a dacoit who gallantly offered me his back.