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Good Sports: Film Portrays India’s First Sumo Wrestler

Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai
March 2024
Good Sports: Film Portrays India’s First Sumo Wrestler

Hetal Dave has the distinction of being India’s first female sumo wrestler. Her story is being told in an inspirational film titled Sumo Didi, screened at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival.

“A middle-class girl from a conservative household, Hetal had seen it all—social prejudices, patriarchal mindsets, lack of opportunities and the disdain for dreaming outside the box especially as an overweight woman,” director Jayant Rohatgi told Variety.

Dave overcame various obstacles to train in Japan and represent India at several international competitions, including the 2009 World Games in Taiwan.“I hope that through our film we are able to convey that every human being is unique and has unlimited potential waiting to explode,” Rohatgi said.


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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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