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Super 30 now stars in a French film

Anand Kumar at a Super 30 class for helping poor students crack the Indian Institute of Technology entrance examination. File Photo

Anand Kumar at a Super 30 class for helping poor students crack the Indian Institute of Technology entrance examination. File Photo  

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Director Pascal Plisson’s The Big Day shows how Anand Kumar’s Super 30 helps underprivileged students crack the IIT entrance exam.

Mathematician Anand Kumar’s Super 30, known for helping students from deprived sections to crack the prestigious IIT entrance examination, now features in a film made by famous French director Pascal Plisson.

The 90-minute film, The Big Day, is ready and is set to be released next month, a statement from Super 30 said here today.

The film comprises four special stories from across the globe. One of them is on a girl, 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.

Nidhi is the third daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver in 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.

“She lived at my home; she was like a family member. She was very religious and hard working,” said Kumar. The film, he said, has shown how students from underprivileged sections overcome several odds at Super 30 under his guidance to make it to the IITs. In the past too, many filmmakers from different countries have made films on Super 30. First it was Al Jazeera and then Discovery Channel, Japanese TV, and British filmmaker Chritopher Mitchell followed.

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