French director Pascal Plisson has made a film on Indian mathematician Anand Kumar's Super 30. Super 30 is an educational programme which was launched in the year 2002 to help students from economically backward families crack IIT entrance examination in Bihar.
The film, titled The Big Day features four special stories from across the globe. Its clips are already being shown on TV and YouTube. It is set to be released next month.
One of the stories based on the success of Nidhi Jha, a student of Super 30 and now studying at ISM, Dhanbad. She cracked JEE (advance) in 2014.
Along with Nidhi, Anand Kumar and his family have been invited to attend the film release in France. "It is a nice feeling. I remember the days when Plisson and his team shot the film in Patna. It is getting released now. I feel happy for Nidhi. She worked really hard and she deserves all the accolades," said Kumar, who himself could not go to Cambridge University due to financial hardship, said. Nidhi is the third daughter of poor auto-rickshaw driver in the temple city of Varanasi.
Her father Sunil Kumar Jha, who was worried about the future of his daughters, could not even imagine providing them good education with his meagre earnings.
However, after her Class 12, Nidhi reached Super 30, and life changed for her.
The film, Kumar said, has shown how students from under-privileged sections overcome stiff odds at Super 30 under his guidance to make it to the IITs. A total of 25 out of 30 students qualified in IITs from Super30 this year.
With inputs from PTI