Guwahati, July 13, 2019
Though Hrithik Roshan’s new film Super 30 has impressed the audience and critics alike, the counsel for the four Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati students who had filed public interest litigation (PIL) against Anand Kumar before the Gauhati High Court has termed the film as “unauthentic, fictitious and just drama movie”.
Directed by Vikash Bahl, the film is based on the life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar, who teaches underprivileged students for free and helps them crack the IIT/JEE entrance examination. Anand is the founder of the ‘Super 30’ – an educational programme started in Patna, Bihar under the banner of Ramanujan School of Mathematics in 2002.Advertisement
“In the movie, we can only see mathematics subject to be taught whereas, physics and chemistry subjects are equally important to clear an IIT entrance examination,” said Amit Goyal, counsel for the IIT Guwahati students.
Goyal further added, “Kumar in his reply against the PIL has not answered to the allegations of the IIT students as directed by the Gauhati High Court earlier. On the other hand, Abhayanand, a 1977 batch IPS officer, in its reply filed before High Court stated that Anand Kumar had deficiencies in his mathematical thought process.” The matter is pending before the court.
The counsel mentioned that “not a single word has been said about Abhayanand in the film”, though ‘Super 30’ was co-founded both by Anand and the former IPS officer and the 48th Director General of Police, Bihar.
“In the affidavit filed by Abhayanand before the Gauhati High Court, it is stated that he conceptualized the noble programme of ‘Super 30’ with the idea of solving the society’s problems,” Goyal said. Last year, Abhayanand had alleged Anand of making false claims about his achievements, and has deceived and intentionally sidelined him.
Avinash Baro, Bikash Das, Monjit Doley and Dhaniram Taw – the four students of IIT Guwahati have claimed that Anand is a fraud. Last year, the students had filed a PIL against the mathematician at the Gauhati High Court. Goyal said that though Anand has claimed that 26 out of 30 students from his ‘Super 30’ group have cleared the IIT entrance exam in 2018, till now, he has not disclosed the names of the qualifying students.
The film was released on July 12th, 2019 and has minted an impressive Rs 11.83 crore on day one, as per reports. Anand has recently revealed that he is suffering from acoustic neuroma, a brain tumour. He was also awarded the ‘Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award’ by the president of India Ram Nath Kovind.