Junior world champion Hima Das, speaks on why she doesn’t want a biopic on her yet, her struggle, and the reason behind her relentless spirit.
Tension nahin, aaram se bindaas bhaago bas,” says junior world athletic champion Hima Das, popularly known as ‘Dhing Express’. The 19-year-old, who hails from Kandhulimari, a small village near Assam’s Dhing town, shot into the limelight last year after winning gold at the IAAF World U20 Championships and silver at the Asian Games in Jakarta.
“I have seen people taking great interest in sports after the World Championships. Athletics mein bahut log aaye hai. Nobody knew me till the World Championship. Mujhe life mein kuch banna hai. Whatever I am doing is for the country, as people have given me recognition and support. Ek medal mujhe mila toh desh ko mila hai (If I’ve won a medal, it’s the entire country which has won it),” says the athlete, now in Yokohama for the World Relays competition.
Indian Relay team All the best ..Do well .. pic.twitter.com/ourLmMjTKD
— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) April 24, 2019
And praise poured in from several quarters, such as the President and Prime Minister of India, besides cricketers, footballers and movie stars. “People from the film industry support me. Jab main world championship khel ke aayi thi to [athletics] federation ke president ko Abhishek Bachchan bhaiya, Atul Kasbekar, aur Farhan Akhtar ne gift bheja tha financially..,” she shares. But her guru is Sachin Tendulkar. “Main cricket ke bhagwan Sachin Tendulkar ji ko maanti hoon (I follow the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar).”
Das believes sportspersons should take some initiative to succeed. “Maine struggle kiya, ghar se khud nikal ke aayi. I played football for a few years where people noticed me. Thoda sa nikal ke aa jaayein aap, baad mein bahut ache log aayenge. If you know of any athlete, please support and take them to glory,” she says.
— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) March 18, 2019
Mention upcoming biopics such as the one on cricketing legend Kapil Dev, and if she’d ever want one on her, Das is quick to add her priority now is solely the sport. “Biopics should definitely be made. Icons such as Milkha Singh achieved what they wanted to, that is why their biopic was justified. Hum log ka bhi hona hai, par abhi humne woh [level] touch nahin kiya. Then I’ll think about who should play me. Abhi game mein dhyaan dena hai,” she says.
Das recently broke down in the middle of her race at the Khalifa International Stadium with acute back pain. But she effortlessly handles pressure. “Actually, main woh sab sochti nahin hoon. I want to learn from my failures while running, and then run some more. When I go on the track, I go with a clear mindset of giving my 100%. Apna best time banana hai bas. Stress-free raho, acha karo. Pressure rakhne se kuch nahi hoga (I don’t think about all these things. I just want to clock my best time each time. One is unable to perform under pressure).”
With her streak of golden hair, and an uber cool persona, the sporting icon is now a fashion inspiration too. But the journey to put her nondescript village on the international map was an uphill task for the farmer’s daughter. “We have a joint family where I learned so much. Kaise struggle karna hai. We used to think we’d grow up and get a job. I never imagined I’d achieve so much. My father has taught me that whatever you do, do it with all your heart. Papa bhi ek football khiladi the,” she adds.
Source: Hindustan Times