Shakuntala Devi movie review

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Shakuntala Devi was an Indian writer and mental calculator, popularly known as the “Human Computer”. Shakuntala Devi strove to simplify mathematics for students. Her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of world Records.

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The trend of making a biopic in Bollywood has come very fast for a long time. Till now only biopics were being made on famous players and actors but after Amir Khan and Hrithik Roshan  ‘Dangal’ and ‘Super 30’ a biopic has been made on another great mathematician of India, Shakuntala Devi. The speed of calculating Shakuntala Devi was so fast that she was known as Human Computer all over the world and her name was also recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Let’s know, Shakuntala Devi movie review

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Shakuntala Devi Movie Story 

Shakuntala Devi was born on 4 November 1929 in Bengaluru. (Vidya Balan) Shakuntala Devi’s calculation ability without any formal education was amazing and her talent was recognized by her father (Prakash Belavadi). Shakuntala Devi moved to London with her father at the age of only 15 after showing her talent at the age of only 6 years. The journey of Shakuntala Devi from here never stopped. He proved his calculating ability throughout the world.

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Shakuntala Devi calculus was like a computer made in that era, which could calculate the largest number in a few seconds. The film showcases Shakuntala Devi’s talent and her personal life. Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama plays Sanya Malhotra who is dissatisfied with her mother

Shakuntala Devi Movie Review

The film depicts the life of Shankutla Devi not only in mathematics but also as a woman and mother. Shankutla Devi is depicted as a fearless and independent thinking woman who lives her life on her own terms. Vidya Balan’s dialogue in the film ‘I Never Lose Always Remember That’ may also reflect Shakuntala Devi’s overconfidence.

Which led to her losing her Lok Sabha elections against Indira Gandhi and losing badly. In this way, Shakuntala Devi can easily solve mathematics questions but her personal life is completely confused.

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The first half of the film is completely engaged which is fun and entertaining. Vidya Balan is completely absorbed in her character and has given excellent performance. Vidya Balan’s makeover was shot extensively after moving to London. In the film, Shakuntala Devi’s husband Paritosh Banerjee is played by Jisshu Sengupta and is very good in his role.

Sanya Malhotra as Anupama and Amit Sadh as Anupama’s husband have done justice to their characters. Director Anu Menon has shown the life of Shakuntala Devi in ​​the film in a very honest manner. The film is well filmed in the 1950s and 1960s. The music of Sachin-Jigar is good in the film.

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Where does the story lie in Shakuntala Devi

Anu Menon has focused on Shakuntala’s story completely on the mother-daughter relationship, to which she has told that one day my 9-year-old daughter said that girls like English and boys like mathematics. She was irritated and thought that it should be solved. It started from there. But Vidya Balan has shown that she is a great actress, and her expressions, walking style, manner of speaking all show that what kind of character she gets into.

But the thing that stings is that the director seems a bit hasty to focus on the mother-daughter relationship, and that is why the story of Shakuntala Devi runs gallop. And the story of mother and daughter is seen growing with the turtle gait. To understand and appreciate Vidya Balan’s acting, it is a must watch movie ‘Shakuntala Devi’

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Shakuntala Devi (Vidya Balan) Interview 
Why did you choose the character of ‘Shakuntala Devi’ Biopic?

I think ever since I heard about Shakuntala Devi, Anu Madam told me that I thought brother. He did not live many lives. Did he do nothing in one life? A girl who never went to school became famous by the name of Human Computer worldwide. He also wrote the book Although it seems impossible to us, but they made it possible. He is a larger personality who did not fear anything. She was a mathematic genius, but also cooked food well.

She loved going to the club with her husband and dancing. She used to see maths in everything. He wrote the first book on homosociality in the country. He wrote many books from astrology to maths. There is nothing they did not do. From Hollywood stars to Prime Ministers of different countries. He lived his whole life. After knowing all this, I tried to put a vivacity and fearlessness in my performance.

Which one did you think played the most difficult part of Shakuntala Devi character?

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Maths performance because we all feel that maths is a very boring subject. I also believed that how we will make mathematics interesting. But when I saw her math show, I felt that this is a magic show and she used to answer so fast, laugh, laugh and in such a way she used to do math shows. So I also had to bring that fun in numbers. I spoke to Anu Madam who shows in her show that she is having fun, that fun and how to bring fun in performance. So that thing was the most challenging for me.

You made this film for Cinemahall, but this release is happening on OTT. How do you see this thing, this future?

At first it seemed a bit that they would not be able to see it on the big screen. But then realized how long this series of Kovid is going to last. When will theaters open, when will they open and how many people will go there. So I said in it that it is a very good thing that we are coming on OTT, that too on Amazon Prime, which is in 200 countries. At this time, when everyone is at home, everyone can see. In such a situation, I said that is a very good thing and it is very beneficial for us.

You believe that now the film is not limited to a few people. Its scope has increased and crores of people can enjoy it?

absolutely. That scope has expanded and become unlimited. Because there are people who have Amazon Prime but they do not watch Hindi films. But the language is not affected in Amazon Prime. People have started watching movies in different languages. Everyone is used to it now. So it is expected that those who do not watch Hindi films will also start watching Hindustani films.