“Abhayanand” A Superstar who was missing in “Super 30”
The recently released Hrithik Roshan-starrer ‘Super 30’ gave an insight into the life of a famous teacher and mathematician Anand Kumar. Through his initiative ‘Super-30’, Anand Kumar had helped several students coming from an economically weaker background in preparing for competitive examinations mainly the IIT entrance examination. The movie also diligently outlined Anand Kumar’s struggle against the infamous coaching mafia in Bihar. This is a story of secret superstar of Super 30 Abhayanand who played critical role in the success of “Super 30”.
However several aspects of the movie had to face criticism from the audience; while many questioned Hrithik’s portrayal of Anand Kumar, several questions were also raised on the portrayal of Bihar in the movie. The audience, however, overlooked an important aspect; another individual who played a critical role in the success of ‘Super-30’ was missing in the movie. This individual was none other than, Ex-DGP of Bihar Abhayanand who is also known to many as the ‘cop with a chalk’.
Who is Abhayanand and how he helped Anand Kumar in Super 30
Abhayanand was posted as the Addl. DGP of the state in the 90s when he had met Anand Kumar for the first time. Despite being an IPS officer, Abhayanand was always interested in imparting education to children. Abhayanand had earlier said that he along with Anand Kumar started teaching in 1994. When Anand Kumar had expressed his desire to give free coaching for IIT entrance examination to poor students, Abhayanand supported the idea and laid the foundation for what we know today as ‘Super 30’. After 4 years of continuous hard work, in 2002, Anand and Abhayanand started their program with 30 students. Anand’s mother came forward for arranging food for the poor kids while Anand made arrangements for their stay in nearby houses.
With their innovative teaching methodology and continuous mock tests, both Anand and Abhayanand were hopeful of their hard work bearing fruits. According to the duo, even if the students were given the exam papers as they woke up, solving those would be an easy task for the students due to their training. However in 2002 when Super 30’s first batch appeared for the examination, contrary to their expectations only 18 out of the 30 students were successful in clearing the examination.
However, instead of losing hope, they got further motivated and put out the application forms for the next batch, for which they later received more than 1000 applications. To select the final students, they had to devise a special screening test. With time, the news of ‘Super 30’ spread throughout Bihar and ultimately people started recognizing this noble initiative throughout India.
His hard work for Super 30 and other foundations
However, some people were not happy with the success of this initiative. With growing popularity, Super 30 caught the attention of Bihar coaching mafia which ultimately decided to get rid of this initiative. In November of 2004 unknown individuals had attacked Anand Kumar; in the attack, Anand Kumar suffered minor injuries, and one of his associates was seriously injured in the attack. Similarly in February of 2005 also, Super 30 centre was attacked, however this time all the attackers were caught along with their weapons. Abhayanand had then helped Anand Kumar by providing him police security.
All these incidents had nearly no impact on Super 30. In 2005, 26 out of the 30 students successfully cleared the IIT entrance exam. Around this time in 2007, Abhayanad had decided to part ways with the Super 30 and went on to lay foundations for ‘Magadh Super 30’, ‘Rahmani Super 30’ on similar lines as the original Super 30 in efforts towards the development of Bihar.
However in the movie, despite immense his contribution, Abhayanand didn’t even find a mention in the movie in which he should have been praised. It is a shame that the person along whom Anand Kumar had started the revolutionary initiative didn’t even find a place in Anand Kumar’s own Biopic.
Why Abhayanand didn’t even find a mention in the movie
Former DGP of Bihar Abhayanand has broken ties with his own running coaching ‘Abhayanand Super 30’. Abhayanand has taken this step after Amarendra Dhari Singh alias AD Singh, the trustee of ‘Abhayanand Super 30’, got a Rajya Sabha ticket from the Rashtriya Janata Dal. He has written in his Facebook post that the actors of ‘Abhayanand Super 30’ have joined a political party, so I am deleting my name now.
In Bihar, RJD has given tickets to Amarendra Dhari Singh and Prem Chand Gupta for the Rajya Sabha elections. Tejashwi Yadav has played a big bet by giving ticket to Amarendra Dhari Singh, who comes from Bhumihar society. Basically businessman Amarendra Singh Dhari is the creator and financier of ‘Abhayanand Super 30’. As soon as he got the RJD ticket, Abhayanand announced to separate his name from ‘Abhayanand Super 30’.
Abhayanand wrote – no one can take political advantage of my name
Abhayanand writes in his Facebook post, ‘I am basically a teacher and whenever anyone should take my service in my life time, I never did but with the condition that any political use of my name from my associates anywhere. could not. The masterminds of Abhayanand Super 30 have now been indirectly associated with a political party, then I am removing my name from the name of Abhayanand Super 30 running in this situation.
Earlier last week, Abhayanandar had launched coaching named ‘Brahmajan Super 100’. In this coaching being started by Brahmajan Vidyapeeth, poor children of Bhumihar and Brahmins will be prepared for IIT entrance free of cost. For admission in coaching, there will also be an entrance exam on March 29 at many centers in Bihar.