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Shakuntala Devi first look: Vidya Balan looks spitting image of ‘human computer’

The makers of Shakuntala Devi biopic have released the first look of Vidya Balan as the human-computer


The makers of Shakuntala Devi biopic have released the first look of Vidya Balan as the human-computer. In Shakuntala’s first look, Vidya Balan strikes a post in a red sari and showing her short hairdo as she is all set to begin shooting for the film in London.

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Who Shakuntala Devi is?

Shakuntala Devi is a renowned Indian writer and maths genius. She is popularly known as ‘human computer’. Her expertise in math earned her a palace in 1982’s edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.

In her later years, Devi wrote scores of books including novels, about puzzles, mathematic and astrology. She is widely known for her book titled ‘The World of Homosexuals’, which is considered the first study of homosexuality in India. She always treated homosexuality in a positive light.

Coming back to Vidya Balan, who was last seen in Mission Mangal, had earlier told news agency PTI about the film,  “I am extremely excited to play the ‘human computer’ Shakuntala Devi on the big screen. She was truly someone who embraced her individuality, had a strong feminist voice and braved many a naysayer to reach the pinnacle of success. But what truly fascinates me is that you wouldn’t normally associate a fun person with math…and she completely turns that perception on its head.” Vidya said the team is proud to bring to life the story of “one of the most inspiring women of this country.”

“How incredible that The Math Genius, The Human Computer, was a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm,” she added.

In an interview with mid-day, the director of the film, Anu Menon said, “I have always been fascinated by Shakuntala Devi and felt that hers is an incredible story that had to be told. She was an extraordinary woman, who lived ahead of her times and on her own terms, unapologetically.”

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