“Super 30” is not just any story, it is a story of the triumph of the spirit of India’s genius mathematician Anand Kumar. He was born in poverty but he had dreams which pushed him to launch the ‘Super 30’ program every year for the underprivileged but brilliant students. Anand Kumar trains students for one of the toughest entrance exams – IIT-JEE in Bihar. The movie “Super 30” brings out the trials, tribulations, inspirations, challenges that Anand Kumar faced to bring his dreams to life.
Hrithik Roshan, the Greek God of Bollywood, has effectively portrayed the role of the genius mathematician. However, this is not the first time that Hrithik has taken up a role outside his comfort zone. Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30, is creating quite a stir among the audience with the trailer view crossing 40 million views in 15 days timeframe.
The real Super 30 founder Anand Kumar recently gave a motivational speech in London at the UK-Asia Summit organized at Cambridge University. Anand Kumar also showed the Super 30 trailer to the audience during the interactive session that followed. Stating the power of Education, he said
Education is the only way the world’s biggest problems could be successfully addressed to make it a better and happier place.
Kumar further added that this occasion was overwhelming for him, as it brought back old memory of his dreams, – the dream of studying at Cambridge University, which he couldn’t fulfill due to poverty. He further reminisced, “Today if I am here, it is only because of education. This film also talks about the power of education to usher in a silent revolution and bring about generational change. It is the best bet to beat poverty and help build an egalitarian society by giving the deserving their due and rewarding merit. I am confident that the film will become an inspiration for many from the underprivileged sections of society."
He said that the film is not just a biopic on a simple man like him, but raises a much larger and sought after the issue of equal opportunities. “In the end, the difference between the privileged and underprivileged is only of opportunity. If all get equal opportunity to quality education, India will move ahead faster,” he said, citing the examples of his students from modest backgrounds who are now working in various multi-national companies.
Kumar also spoke about his background, stating that he was from Bihar, the state once known for its glorious traditions in the field of education with institutions like Nalanda University and Vikramshila, which later slipped at the bottom of the ladder on virtually all parameters of the human index. “Education is the way forward to turn the tide, and efforts are on in that direction. If my initiative can work as an inspiration for some, it will make my life meaningful.”
Kumar reflected on the nearly two-decade journey of Super 30 and how the pangs of poverty motivated him to start the initiative and the hurdles he had to face along the way. Talking about the preparation that went on to film this movie, Kumar said, “A lot of hard work has gone into the film. Director Vikas Bahl took care of the minutest of details to capture the essence, visiting remote villages to talk to the family members of students to get a feel of the real-life situation. He also visited Patna several times with his team.”
Kumar expressed his delight in knowing that Roshan has captured the soul of the character.
From capturing the movements of my hands to the reflection of pain and struggle in his eyes, I was in awe after watching Hrithik in the trailer. I believe Hrithik has played me with utmost perfection and sincerity. It felt like I was re-living my life on the screen.
Feeling close to the real students after doing the film, Hrithik recently wished Anand Kumar’s Super 30 students who passed the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examinations from his Twitter handle. He showed a keen interest in personally meeting with the batch and wishing them in person.