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Aug 04, 2011 at 12:27pm IST

Math whiz Anand Kumar helped me direct Big B: Jha

Patna: Filmmaker Prakash Jha said he used the teaching skills and body language of Super30 founder and math wizard Anand Kumar to direct Amitabh Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan in his upcoming film 'Aarakshan'.

"I took help from Anand Kumar and I observed his body language and skills which helped me to teach Amitji and Saif," Jha told reporters on a mission in Patna for promoting his upcoming film with Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpai. "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 my request to come to Mumbai and give coaching in mathematics," Jha said.

Having missed the opportunity to go to Cambridge in 1994 because of acute financial constraints, Anand set up the Ramanujan School of Mathematics for poor children in 1992. In 2002, he 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. In the last nine years, 236 students have qualified.

Math whiz Anand Kumar helped me direct Big B: Jha

Kumar is a math wizard who coaches the underprivileged sections.

'Aarakshan' is slated to release on August 12.

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