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Paste– For professional boxer Heather “The Heat” Hardy, life’s blows are tougher outside of the ring as shown in Natasha Verma’s debut film. From a childhood assault to weathering Hurricane Sandy, Hardy—a single mother—struggles to make it in what really is “a man’s world.” The filmmaker shows an eye for the heart as we witness Hardy’s emotional ups and downs while her trainer/boyfriend pushes her in the pursuit of greatness. With every step comes another goal, as when Hardy strives for the attention of boxing promoter Lou Di Bella. Hardy is an impressive first effort for the 20-year-old Verma. Read More
Austin Time Warner Cable News- Two years ago Natasha Verma made headlines as the youngest person ever to graduate from the University of Texas. She was 17 years old. Read More.
Slackerwood- Hardy is a witty nailbiter of a film — even the heavier moments can’t stop the forward momentum of the boxer’s journey. A certain choreography is a part of the fights included in the film. The documentary isn’t without technical foibles: boom mics and cameras sneak into a couple scenes. However, these don’t distract from the fierce character Verma brings to light in Hardy. Read More.
Do-512-The film chronicles her struggle to balance her training with raising her child as a single parent – while also pursuing a difficult relationship with her demanding trainer, who is also her lover. Read More.
Row C-47– Hardy (2014) is a documentary about Heather Hardy – a female boxer from Brooklyn with hopes of reaching the pros. It’s director Natasha Verma’s first film and it’s doing Verma a disservice to just say it’s an excellent first film – it’s an excellent film in general. Read More.
The New York Times– In the ring, the petite, 5-foot-5 boxer is a formidable brawler, wearing the colors of Ireland and two blond braids. “I’m not a pretty fighter,” she said. “I fight like a boy.” She is intent on putting on a good show: People may come to see the male headliner, “but I have to make them remember the girl,” she said. Read More
Victoria Advocate– “I definitely want the younger people and people all across the board to relate to it,” said Verma, who now lives in New York City. “I’m not only just targeting females who support and box. … I want them to get inspired.” Read More
Daily News- The toughest little mother in Brooklyn has found her way, her overarching goal not only to win a world championship, but to teach Annie a very important lesson. Read More
Daily News– Heather (The Heat) Hardy, a single mom from the rugged streets of Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, will climb the four steps up to the ring on Saturday night for the first ever professional female boxing match at the Barclays Center. Read More