Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is surely a big name in India, but he had to learn teaching skills from Maths Wizard and Super30 founder Anand Kumar – though indirectly. Filmmaker Prakash Jha took Anand's help for a teaching scene in his film Aarakshan, which features Amitabh and Saif Ali Khan.
“I am really thankful to Anand Kumar for his sincere efforts in helping me to direct the maths coaching portion of the film. Kumar accepted with humility my request to him to come to Mumbai and coach me in mathematics," Jha told PTI. “It has been an exciting experience. It becomes very easy for me to direct Amit Ji and Saif Ali Khan for the maths teaching scene. I am really indebted to Kumar for the way he coached me," he added.
The filmmaker wants his actors to meet the Math wizard. “His inimitable style of teaching and grasp of the subject reminds me how a learner learns the ABC of maths," Jha said, adding, “I am also looking forward to a meeting between Kumar and the two actors very soon. We will extend our warm welcome and acknowledge the endeavour he made for us by sparing time from his busy schedule."
Jha said that he requested Anand to help him on learning that he has been selflessly helping the poor children. “I know him for doing exceedingly well for the students from the underprivileged sections of society whom he teaches with perfection free of cost without even taking any charge for their lodging and meals," he said.
Anand in return wished Jha all the success for his film. The Math wizard set up the Ramanujan School of Mathematics for the poor children after he failed to go to Cambridge University due to financial constraint. He then set up Super 30, where he provides free education, food and lodging to 30 talented students from underprivileged sections of the society for the IIT-JEE. 236 students have qualified in the last nine years.