Rough 'em Up by Sanjay Barnela

What do you call a bunch of girls tackling, mauling, running and kicking on a 100 yard pitch, fighting for a ball? You call that playing rugby – a sport that gifts you more broken bones and torn ligaments than any other. From Kashmir to Kerala, Manipur to Mumbai, state teams are battling it out to win the Women’s Rugby Nationals each year. How did an elitist sport end up making inroads into small towns so quickly?

Sanjay Barnela is one of the founder members of Moving Images, a Delhi-based media production team. He has produced documentaries on a diverse range of issues, including the politics of water, conservation vs. livelihood, renewable energy technologies and high altitude mountain climbs in the Himalayas, several of which have been at international film festivals and have won awards too.

  • Cinematographers: Sanjay Barnela, Samreen Farooqui
  • Editors: Anjali Khosla, Samreen Farooqui
  • Narrator: Anjali Khosla
  • Project Partner: Films Division

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