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Film on India’s youngest kickboxing World Champion Tajamul Islam from Kashmir in the making

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New Delhi, April 7, 2017: The inspirational story of eight-year-old Tajamul Islam, the country’s youngest kickboxing World Champion from Kashmir, has captured the interest of film producer Mushtaq Nadiadwala, who has notched up the rights for a biopic.

Tajamul had scripted history at the World Kickboxing Championship in Italy in November last year.

Just last month, there was a buzz that writer Shibani Bathija was writing a script on the same subject. But Mushtaq says they have “secured the sole rights” of the story now.

The script of the prospective film on her life is a work in progress under the banner MAN Films.

“The talks are on since a couple of months. The family trusts our vision and given our family’s reputation in filmmaking, they feel their story is safe in our hands. We will appoint a writer to start developing the script soon,” Mushtaq told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“This movie will inspire the youth who wish to aspire for excellence, but are bound and constrained by their circumstances. Specifically, it will aim to break gender stereotyping and bring to light the greatness that girls are destined for,” he added.

Little Tajamul, one of five siblings born to Ghulam Mohammad Lone — a driver in Bandipora district of Kashmir — is currently preparing for an upcoming world championship.

Her father is joyous.

“It is a moment of tremendous pride for me as a father. It brings back memories of all those times when we were in states of constant struggle to reach where we are today. I am going to provide my full co-operation to the filmmaker,” Lone told IANS over phone from his hometown.

Lone hopes the movie is shot in Kashmir, but Mushtaq said that would be more of a creative call even though the state will automatically be in the picture as a backdrop for where Tajamul comes from.

What larger purpose will the narration of Tajamul’s story have for Kashmiris?

“People will have a much larger appreciation for the lives and the talent that resides in Kashmir and opportunities will further open up leading to the establishment of a better infrastructure and provision of state of the art facilities for them,” hopes Mushtaq, brother of producer Firoz Nadiadwala and cousin of filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala.

Lone hopes the movie when made, draws the government’s attention to the need for developing training centres for the sport in the state so that more youngsters like Tajamul make the country proud. (IANS)

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By Arka Mondal

Kolkata: With the number of cases of eve-teasing and molestation escalating in West Bengal, time has come for the girls to banish their make-up kits and take up training in self defense. Girls from Kolkata say, police have failed to curb the situation and the law enforcers provide little assistance when they visit police station to file a complaint. In such a scenario, with a battered mental ego, the girls are forced to suffer severe mental trauma. But with more and more girls expressing their guts in public and thrashing the eve-teasers in broad daylight, a message is definitely sent to the hooligans that Bong girls are gradually transforming into Bond girls.

The recent incident in Madhyamgram, where a 16-year old girl literally battered two molesters had sent ripples across West Bengal. The incident had instilled a sense of confidence among the girls who are ready to lead a fight back if they are confronted by molesters. With the administration compromising with the security and well being of the girls, they themselves are learning “a chisel fist to the nose, firm wrist lock, flying kick and a zombie choke around the neck.”

Various forms of martial arts like karate, taekwondo, aikido, kickboxing and wushu are becoming familiar in Kolkata. Girls who enroll for the training say, learning the martial art is a precautionary measure. The art does not make them aggressive but strengthens their mind set. It teaches them to deal with the romeos who are ready to pounce on them. The training in martial arts gives the cornered girls a scope to fight back.

Nikita Singh, a 16-year girl who trains in kickboxing, said, she was tormented in broad daylight near Minto Park crossing. But it took a few minutes to pay the molesters in their own coffers. She overpowered the man and dragged him by collar to a nearby Police kiosk. Nikita said, the training is not about the moves or jibes but it gave her the confidence to walk up to the tormentor and confront him face to face.

Speaking on the issue, trainers say, most of the girls who take up the classes have faced harassment on the road, locality or in public transport. So the first step of the training is to give them a sense of security. The initial training is to calm one’s mind, get composed and acquire mental strength.

With a calm and composed mind set and a variety of techniques in fighting, the girls are ever-ready now to strike back and pin-down the eve-teasers. So don’t be surprised to find boys running for cover or getting thrashed publicly by a single girl.