The bio-pic on mathematical genius Anand Kumar which Vikas Bahl will helm and in which Hrithik Roshan will play Anand, is not the first cinematic homage to a man who has dedicated himself to the education of economically -challenged students.
Some years ago Amitabh Bachchan played a character based on Anand Kumar in Prakash Jha s Aarakshan. Recently the two met up for an episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati where Anand sat on the hot seat and walked away with a substantial amount of money. Says Mr Bachchan fondly, Anand Kumar is such a noble soul and so committed to his work. In Prakash Jha s Aarakshan, my character was inspired by him.
Says Anand, I was always a fan of Bachchan Saab. I grew up on his classics. I saw Zanjeer, Deewaar, Trishuland Amar Akbar Anthony repeatedly when I was a student. In college we would imitate his walk talk and swagger. I first got to meet him during the making of Prakash Jha s Aarakshan. He was such a fine gentleman. Now when I met him again on KBC I realized he was also a great teacher. The wisdom and knowledge and the understanding of human nature that he brings to the hot seat make him an exemplary educationist. I learnt so much from just watching him on KBC. In fact I will be applying some of his skills in the classroom.
About the money Anand won on KBC the humble and simple mathematician says, I won Rs 25 lakhs on KBC. The entire sum goes into the education of my students and their betterment. And now comes the news that Anand Kumar s tryst with the KBC host will form a part of the bio-pic that Bahl is helming.