When my friend and I were exploring the historical city of Champaner, we came across a TV crew, filming around a tank (a body of water used for bathing and praying). Their cables are shown here. My friend talked to one of the many crew members hanging around and we found that they were shooting a scene for an episode of Razia Rani (or Razia Sultan), a historical drama about the first female ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, a Muslim kingdom that ruled a large part of India from 1206 to 1526.
I was excited! Were my dreams of becoming an extra in Indian TV going to come true? No. It didn’t seem that my not-so-young Western face had a place in this drama, sadly.
When I was watching the crew members rushing around, I heard someone yell “chalo, chalo, chalo!” in Hindi, which basically means “let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!”. I have family and friends who’ve worked in the film industry in Australia and I know the stress that goes with it, and I thought ‘well, it’s obviously the same in India!’.
Champaner, an abandoned city in the Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) in the western state of Gujarat.