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Catch archer Deepika on reel at Karim City

- Students to shoot 30-minute documentary

From a real hero to a reel one, Jharkhand’s golden girl Deepika Kumari is all set to script a new story, thanks to a bunch of Karim City College students.

A group of 10 final-year students of the mass communication-video production department of the Jamshedpur-based cradle has decided to shoot a documentary on the ace archer as part of their curriculum.

The shooting for the film, tentatively titled Golden Girl — The Pride of Jharkhand, kicked off on December 30, with the students claiming that once completed, the 30 minute documentary would be an inspiration for other sportsmen.

The students on Thursday, under the guidance of guest faculty Rajesh Raj, framed few shots of their documentary in and around the archery ground of the JRD Tata Sports Complex, where Deepika comes to hone her skills regularly.

They later interviewed the teen archer about her lifestyle and the amount of effort she puts in to perfect her aim, to get a basic knowhow of her life and struggles so far.

“Jharkhand has had very few success stories in the last 12 years or so. Deepika Kumari is one of them. So we wanted to hold up her achievements as an example. We hope that the documentary and Deepika’s success story helps in inspiring others,” Smriti Rai Patar, the director of the film told The Telegraph.

The students, who have already shot some parts of the film with the archer’s parents and family members at her Ranchi residence, said they were likely to visit an archery academy at Dugni in Kharsawan soon to catch Deepika practising live.

Prior to the documentary, Deepika has also featured in a short Tata Steel video titled “Values stronger than Steel” and also been a part of the television series Lakhon Main Ek — a serial that depicts real life stories narrated by a fictional character — on Star Plus.

Speaking to The Telegraph in between shooting, Deepika said she was excited by the whole idea.

“I hope my story can inspire others. That will really mean something to me,” the teen, who has also been taking a lot of interest in learning the working and functions of the camera, said.

She added that films were the best way of communicating the story of a small town girl and how she went on to be one of the world’s best. “If she can do it, so can you. You just need to recognise your strengths,” added Deepika’s coach Poornima Mahto.