Kolkata girl part of international documentary

  • PTI

    January 19, 2016 | 01:27 PM
The slum girl fought all odds, including epilepsy, to become a karate champion.

The inspiring story of how a Kolkata slum girl suffering from epilepsy fought against all odds to become a karate champion and train other women to fight against violence is now part of an international documentary.

A crew led by director Koen Suidgeest from Netherlands is presently shooting the film 'Girl Connected' in the dingy bylanes of Beniapukur where the black-belt Ayesha Noor, 19, lives.

Her tale is part of an hour-long documentary being made by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) of USA as part of the Women and Girls Lead Global initiative to highlight stories of women empowerment.

"The most appealing part of her story is that she has not only made herself independent but has also started giving Sunday classes voluntarily on martial arts to other girls. She is also empowering others," the filmmaker told PTI.

Noor has been giving free training to women on karate every Sunday morning at Ladies Park where even married women and those in 'burkha' participate.

"I train them so that they are empowered on their own to fight against crime, violence and rape," the girl said.

The film would be screened in different parts of the world to inspire other women. It shows how a girl from a poor background who had no money and suffered from epilepsy, got trained and rose to the top due to sheer talent and hard work.

Noor has won three gold medals in international championships so far. The last one was in 2015 in Thailand where 40 nations had participated.

The slum girl battled hurdles to become a karate champion.