By Ruchika Hurria @ruchikahurria

DAREDEVIL stunt drivers hold hands while hurtling around the curved walls of India's 'Well of Death'

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Videographer / Director: Subbarao Tadivaka

Producer: Ruchika Hurria

Editor: Sonia Estal

Hanging out! Pooja hangs from the roof of a car

The Well is one of the world's most exciting carnival sideshows, where cars and motorcycles ride at seemingly impossible angles around a cylindrical 25ft-high structure - constructed by digging a hole in the ground and erecting hardwood planks.

Car-velous: the daredevils perform stunts using a pair of cars

Performers include stuntwoman Pooja Rathod, 20, who is happy to take her life in her hands by hanging from the roof of a car as it travels at breakneck speeds.

20-year-old Pooja Rathod poses for a picture before performing in Aurangabad, India
One of Pooja Rathod's daredevil stuntmen defies gravity on his bike

She said: "I have met with accident four times. Many people lost their lives and I have a lot of power and guts, so I really like it.

"Also, I consider myself an independent woman because not all girls can do this.” 

Pay time! The team perform at carnivals all over the country
Going off the rails: a motorcyclist shows off to the crowd

Pooja, from Maharashtra, grew up in poverty and joined her team of four drivers at the age of 15.

Three cars and a motorcycle sit at the centre of the 'Well of Death'

The death-defying crew wear no safety gear and say the key to survival is maintaining concentration.

Pooja and a colleague appear to defy gravity while riding bikes around the wall of the well

Pooja added: “Once I was in a very bad accident, my leg and hand were broken but during the other three I wasn’t injured much. After my accident I felt like leaving it but I couldn’t leave.

"Don’t try to be too smart, that's the only trick. When I’m up there then I don’t think about the audience because I have to continuously focus on my stunt and my bike.”

Hold tight! The stunt team appear to defy gravity while riding bikes around the wall of the well
Hanging out! Pooja hangs from the roof of a car