At Nagraj Manjule jhund garners praise from audiences and critics alike. This biographical sports film stars Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role and Akash Thosar and Rinku Rajguru in supporting roles.
Based on the life of Vijay Barse, a retired sports teacher who founded an NGO called Slum footballthe film shows how the teacher instills enthusiasm in the children living in the slums of Mumbai by turning them into footballers.
Here’s everything you need to know about Vijay Barse. Continue reading.
In 2001, the social worker started his journey at Hilsop College, Nagpur as a physical education and sports teacher. He reportedly saw children kicking around a broken bucket as a temporary soccer ball in the rain. After the incident, he gave them a real soccer ball to encourage them to keep playing.
The following year, in 2002, he founded a football academy, called Slum footballwhich provided football training and rehabilitation to children living in slums.
After his retirement, he spent ₹18 lakhs in order to establish the Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur (KSVN), which organizes several football tournaments and even provides different opportunities for these underprivileged children. He established this organization, which functions as the parent organization of Slum Soccer with his wife and son, Ranjana Barse and Abhijeet Barse.
In 2007, he even had the chance to meet Nelson Mandela during the Homeless World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa. While describing his encounter with the renowned philanthropist, he said:
I received the greatest recognition for my work that day when he raised his hand to me and said, “Son, you are doing a good job.”
In 2012, he received the Real Hero Award from Sachin Tendulkar for his selfless work in nurturing new football talent from disadvantaged families.
In 2014, her story gained popularity with the 1st episode of the 3rd season of the talk show Satyamev Jayatehosted by Aamir Khan.
In 2016, his NGO, Slum Soccer, received numerous awards, including the FIFA Diversity Award, FICCI India Sports Award and Manthan eNGO Award.
In 2019, he received the Nagbhushan Prize.