Director Saumitra Singh announces debut feature on biker Anam Hashim
The feature is being touted as India’s first sports stunt film
Director Saumitra Singh, who had earlier helmed the award-winning short films The Wallet and Painful Pride, is gearing up for his feature debut. Titled Anam, Saumitra’s upcoming film is about a 21-year old girl who does stunts as a sport. The film is inspired by the life of Anam Hashim, a female bike stunt performer and rider.
The tagline of the film reads, ‘A bike doesn’t know your gender’. The story is conceptualised by Anam and penned by Namneesh Sharma. While the cast is yet to be locked, an A-list actor will be a part of it, the makers shared.
“I have been working on this idea for quite some time now. I was busy making and promoting my two short films, but have been working on Anam simultaneously. The script has come out well and I can’t wait to start making it,” Saumitra says.
In 2015, Anam became the youngest woman to ride to Khardung La mountain pass on a TVS scooty for the Himalayan Highs initiative. Her achievement was included in the India Book of Records.
Speaking about her journey, Anam shares, “While growing up as a kid, I always was someone who was inclined towards cycles, bikes and cars. Eventually, I discovered my love for bikes and stunts through the internet. My journey began by trying to learn how to do wheelies on others bike and it gave me enough confidence to even get my own bike. While I was finishing my 12th, I was very sure that what I wanted to do in life was stunt riding/street bike freestyle.”