It’s official! Vidya Balan to play ‘human computer’ Shakuntala Devi in her next
Vidya Balan will be playing the role of Shakuntala Devi in her next movie.
National award winning actress Vidya Balan will be seen playing the lead character in Shakuntala Devi’s biopic. Directed by Anu Menon and produced by Vikram Malhotra-led Abundantia Entertainment, the biopic is releasing in summer 2020.
Vidya Balan took to her Instagram handle to announce the news. She wrote, “BIG DAY ?! Excited to play the role of Math Genius, #ShakuntalaDevi. @ivikramix @directormenon and I are thrilled to bring to life the true story of ‘the human computer’ – a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm!”
For the unversed, Shakuntala Devi, the mathematical wizard, or ‘human computer’ a moniker she earned, was known for her ability to make incredibly swift calculations. Shakuntala’s genius was first discovered at the age of 5 when she solved a math problem for 18-year-old students. Though she never received any formal education, her talent for numbers also earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
She was also an astrologer, cookbook author, and a novelist. She travelled the world demonstrating her mathematical ideas – at colleges, in theatres, on radio and on television. Her book, The World Of Homosexuals, is also considered to be the first study of homosexuality in India.
On playing Shakuntala Devi, Vidya Balan said, “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. I am thrilled that Vikram, who I’ve worked with on Kahaani, and his team are producing the film. Vikram (Malhotra), Anu (Menon) and I are 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.”
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