Many people take inspiration from movies, while others inspire movies. Currently, Hrithik Roshan (will be essaying the role of Kumar) has already started shooting for the biopic, which is titled as ‘Super 30’, directed by Vikas Bahl. The movie is all set to release on 25th January 2019.But who is the man on whom the film is based?
Anand Kumar is an Indian Mathematician and also a columnist for various international mathematical magazines and journals. Born in Patna, his father was a clerk in the postal department of India. Kumar’s father could not afford private schooling so he studied in Hindi Medium where he developed deep love and interest for Mathematics. During graduation, he submitted papers on the ‘Number Theory’ which were published in Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette.
Anand Kumar would do Mathematics in the daytime and then help his mother in selling ‘papads’ which was a small business that helped in supporting their family. He even secured admission in the Cambridge University, but couldn’t attend because of his father’s death and poor financial condition.
In 1992, he started his own institution, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics and just within two years the number of students increased to 500!
Kumar’s classes are based in Patna for tutoring IIT aspirants who belong to a very less privileged background, since the last 14 years, he has been coaching the underprivileged section students for ‘Indian Institute of Technology’ JEE – which is known as the Super 30 programme – the idea behind the movie.
Anand Kumar was motivated to start this programme when in early 2000 a poor student came to him for coaching him for IIT-JEE, who was unable to even afford the annual admission fee due to poverty.
‘Super 30’ was the Math lover’s idea of starting IIT coaching for 30 talented students for free, who were from the economically impoverished sections after being selected through a written exam – only with one motto to crack the IIT-JEE. In the first year 18 out of 30 students made it to IIT, after getting coached by Kumar, with the provision of study materials and lodging. Slowly this programme was recognized everywhere and started getting more applicants.
But this journey hasn’t been easy. There have been hardships for Anand as there was a life-threatening attack on him from which he narrowly escaped and another one on his ‘Super 30’ study centre. Then the State Government also provided security to him. With the time passing by the entry of students in IIT-JEE increased through this programme and in 2017 all of the 30 students cracked it.
Anand Kumar’s mother cooks for all the students and his brother takes care of the management. They do not accept donations for the programme and they manage funds by organizing evening classes in Patna held by Kumar. Many people have come forward for better infrastructure and accommodation of more students, however, the team has kept its final decision to restrict the number of students to 30.
To list some of his achievements, Super 30 got recognition even from the former President of USA Barrack Obama’s special envoy, Rashid Hussain who termed this institute as the best in the country. He received the ‘Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award’ by the President of India. Discovery Channel broadcasted an hour-long episode in 2009 on Anand Kumar’s initiative.
Anand Kumar wants to give the Super 30 programme a big expansion, in which they will be conducting tests to select students from the different parts of India and will provide all the details and information on the website.
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan had taken help from Kumar for preparing his role in Prakash Jha’s 2011 film, ‘Aarakshan’ which was based on the concept of caste reservation.