India’s Well of Death Sees Stuntwoman Risking Her Life Driving and Riding with a $1 Ticket

Would a pair of 800cc Suzuki Marutis and a middleweight 1980s Kawasaki Z series make a good fleet for somebody who wants to put on a motorized show? Apparently, it depends whom you’re asking. Most people will tell you such vehicles are only good for scrapping, but an Indian stuntwoman and her crew beg to differ.
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Pooja Rathod is the leader of a stunt team who recreates the Wall of Death stunts with an Indian twist. The difference to what we’ve seen in the past doesn’t look very big, but it’s all called the Well of Death.

Still, Pooja and the other members of the team obviously put a lot of soul into what they do, with the result being a series of incredibly spectacular stunts - the mix the driving and riding tricks, for instance holding hands while the vehicles are driven/ridden up the 25-foot (8 meters) wall.

Safety gear? You have to be kidding. These people take on death with their bare hands - Pooja says that she’s lucky since she’d only had four accidents, while others have lost their lives trying to impress the audience.

The entry fee is under $1

You have to understand this is all fun and games, but the budget has to be kept more than tight - for example, the entrance fee to the show is less than one dollar. And when you think about all the fuss that’s been made around the $1 McDonals menu...

Pooja is proud of her independent woman status and says she enjoys making a living out of this. Financial matters aside, you can see the stuntmen’s thrill in their eyes - the clip below, which comes from Barcroft, offers us a pretty good taste of the Well of Death. Sometimes, the woman turns to Hanuman Chalisa, a spiritual song, in order to keep herself in a good mental state that allows her to focus.

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