Video: Front row seat in a Mumbai taxi
Five questions for filmmaker Padmini Harchandrai, who took her camera along for a ride in six of Mumbai's soon-to-be vintage Premier Padminis, so she could shoot "Taxi Eye," a five minute video on the Mumbai taxi experience.
CNNGo: Which localities did you drive through?
Padmini Harchandrai: I drove from Churchgate to Colaba, to Marine Drive to Walkeshwar to Malabar Hill, remaining strictly in the scenic parts of South Mumbai.
CNNGo: How many cabs did you switch?
Harchandrai: I switched six cabs with the aim of looking for differently or interestingly decorated cabs.
CNNGo: What did the cabbies think of you being there filming?
Harchandrai: The cabbies didn't really think much of me being there. In fact, when I asked if I could shoot in the cab, all of them agreed.
CNNGo: Was it difficult to shoot?
Harchandrai: The biggest trouble I had really was dealing with traffic and continuity. I wanted there to be seamless transitions between cabs at traffic lights but because traffic is so ridiculous in the city, the transitions are kind of jumpy. The camera is going along with the cab ride, so if there is a part that looks ultra bumpy, you will see the video is bumpy.
CNNGo: What does Mumbai look like to you when seen through the eyes of a Premier Padmini taxi?
Harchandrai: When you're sitting in a Premier Padmini, your windows will be open and you will be breathing in all the forces of Mumbai. So it's more about what you feel rather than what you see. I mean, you see the urchins begging, peeing, you breathe the smoke coming from the bus and car next to you, you hear people blowing their horns and screaming at each other. It's all of Mumbai in one journey.