This Indian athlete is a former world no. 1 in her Olympic discipline sports. She constantly features in the top five list among her elite rivals. She has brought rich laurels for India at the Commonwealth Games, World Cups, World Championships and Asian Games platforms.
She has come up the ranks amidst hardships and challenges – from no resources’ tale of a lower middle-class family to be among the best in the world.
An Olympian, this athlete has been decorated with the national, State and prestigious corporate honours – Arjuna Award, country’s fourth largest civilian award Padmashree, FICCI Sportsperson of the Year Award and the Young Achievers Award by Vogue.
Her journey from a tiny Jharkhand village to global fame has been the subject of the popular biographic documentary -Ladies First.
This is India’s ace archer Deepika Kumari, who has herself portrayed her character in the documentary by Uraaz Bahl and his wife Shaana Levy-Bahl. The biographic documentary is available on video on demand streaming platform Netflix.
The documentary Ladies First has won at the London Independent Film Festival and has also brought laurels in the London Independent Film Festival.
Deepika’s latent talent as an actress has earned her the female lead role in the Suresh Seth Bhagat and Manish Sinha’s proposed feature film Bisahi. She had initially accepted the roled.
Deepika has reportedly pulled out of the Hindi film. Deepika was pleased with the film subject – the social evil of witch-hunting. However, she did realise well in time that the her commitment for the movie will take her off the mark in her pursuit for glory in world archery.
“I have told them (the film makers) that I can only think about doing a film after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Till then, I will not be able to devote much time to anything else. They were understandably disappointed with my change of heart and said they could not wait that long. I have not heard from them since and don’t know whether they have shelved the project or will carry on with someone else in my place,” Deepika has told national daily Indian Express.
The ace archer is right on target with her priorities – the upcoming Asian Games & the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She is presently at the national camp in Jamshedpur to prepare for the World Cup at Antalya, Turkey.