When the M S Dhoni bio-pic directed by Neeraj Pandey made no mention of Dhoni’s brother Narendra it was said that his monstrous omission was done at Dhoni’s behest. More recently the Sanjay Dutt bio-pic Sanju obliterated his eldest daughter Trishala’s mention.
However mathematician Anand Kumar’s bio-pic is dedicated as much to Anand as his brother Pranav, played in the film by television star Nandish Singh who was chosen partly because of his resemblance to Hrithik Roshan.
Says Anand, “My brother is my pillar of strength. More than my own portrayal, I was concerned about how my brother Pranav would be portrayed. I wanted to make sure he was given ample footage and I kept expressing my anxieties over this issue to the writer Sanjeev Dutta and director Vikas Bahl.”
Anand says he is pleased with how his relationship with his brother is portrayed. “I want every Indian who dreams of doing something special in his life to know that your dream cannot be realized without the love and support of a near and dear one. My parents and specially my brother made me realize my dream.”
Now that Super 30 is a super-hit, Anand is elated. “The message of education for all is going far and wide and much deeper that I had imagined. It is all because of Hrithik Roshanji. If he didn’t play my part who would have come to see the film? Now those who don’t know me personally want to meet me. They will be very disappointed. I don’t look anything like Hrithik Roshanji.”
Super 30 has amassed Rs 116 crores in two weeks and has obtained exemption from tax exemption in Bihar, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
Says Anand thankfully, “The film is blessed. All the children whom I have had the privilege of teaching and their parents have showered their best wishes.
Watch Super 30 trailer here: