Shakuntala Devi starring Vidya Balan is a biopic on Shakuntala Devi who was also known as the “human computer”.
“Why should I be Normal, when I can be amazing” were the words of great mathematical prodigy Shakuntala Devi. Her Biopic ‘Shakuntala Devi’ starring Vidya Balan is set to release on the Amazon Prime Video. It is great to see that Bollywood finally bringing up the stories of unsung heroes. The trailer of Shakuntala Devi released on the 15th of July.
Anu Menon has directed movies like London Paris New York and Raat Gayi Baat Gayi is coming up with a biopic which stars some of the most talented actors in the industry. While Anu’s last two films as director were big duds, it would be interesting to see if she gets lucky this time.
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Shakuntala Devi Trailer
The trailer released on 15th July 2020 showcases Shakuntala Devi’s childhood, her journey to the UK, her love life and her relations with her daughter. Vidya Balan looks absolutely convincing as Mathematics genius. Though from the title the film looks a serious biopic drama, it seems to have its heart in the right place with amusing comedy elements and funny dialogues. The film looks like a complete family entertainer.
The film mainly focuses on the fact that Shakuntala Devi was a virtuoso of talent in the field of mathematics. Sanaya Malhotra is playing Vidya’s daughter in the film. Shahrukh Khan narration is the icing on the cake.
Shakuntala Devi is the biopic of the mathematical legend from Bengaluru. Shakuntala Devi, known as the “human computer,” is named in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records for 13-digit multiplication in 28 seconds. The film showcases her accomplishments and also her brilliance which otherwise none of us would have known. Apart from her achievements, the movie also focuses on her personal life.
In the trailer, we see that in order to gain all fame she also had to compromise on her relationships. That part of the story also seems interesting as it shows the complete reality and not just one side of the coin.
Cast and Crew
The director of the movie is Anu Menon. The screenplay is written by Anu Menon and Nayanika Mahtani. Shahrukh Khan has given his voice for narration. The music is given by Sachin-Jigar and Karan Kulkarni. Here’s a look at the star cast of Shakuntala Devi:
- Vidya Balan as Shakuntala Devi
- Jisshu Sengupta as Paritosh Banerji, Shakuntala’s husband
- Sanya Malhotra as Anupama Banerji, Shakuntala’s daughter
- Amit Sadh as Ajay, Anupama’s husband
Shakuntala Devi Release Date
Shakuntala Devi is releasing directly on OTT. It will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 31 July 2020. On the same day, Disney+ Hotstar will premiere Kunal Khemu starrer Lootcase.
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I feel this movie definitely deserves a watch and Bollywood should make such movies in future that showcase and celebrate unsung heroes.