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Shakuntala DeviShakuntala Devi movie release today shakuntala Devi is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Shakuntala Devi movie cast: Vidya Balan, Jisshu Sengupta, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh
Shakuntala Devi movie director: Anu Menon
Shakuntala Devi movie rating: Three stars

Shakuntala Devi review: A Vidya Balan show For someone who had such a celebrated, spot-lit public life, accompanied by an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records and dropped jaws in well-regarded mathematics circles around the world, there is astonishingly little known about the personal life of Shakuntala Devi, known as ‘the human computer’.https://newstimeindia.in/

Anu Menon’s film on the life and times of Shakuntala Devi starts with this disclaimer: ‘this film is inspired by true events but does not claim to be a documentary/biography of any character depicted in the film’. Par for the course for biographical sketches in Bollywood, but ironic in a film whose story was detailed with the help of the maths genius’ real-life daughter, Anupama Banerji. So do we believe everything we see, or dismiss certain events as ‘creative liberty’?

It’s a point worth considering because Shakuntala Devi, as played by Vidya Balan with supreme confidence and conviction, turns out to be the kind of strong, independent woman that Bollywood usually keeps away from. As a little girl who could compute in a flash the cube root of a complicated number, and a maths prodigy who was deprived of a ‘normal’ childhood by a father who dragged her from one show to another, she was very clear that she would be a ‘bada aadmi, not a badi aurat’, not a desire commonly expressed by little girls in the 1930s.

That Shakuntala was never going to toe any line, or be any kind of ‘normal’ woman, is the line the movie takes, and does well by. Especially when we see her, as a young woman, creating a life of her own in England, where she fetches up not knowing anyone, speaking the language in a brown accent, wearing her colourful saris and pigtails proudly. She does come close to a man, but very soon we realise Shakuntala Devi doesn’t need male help to prop her up. She is happiest on her own, laying out her astonishing prowess with numbers, wowing awe-struck audiences around the world. Being her own person.

We see her conjuring up these complicated answers, with nearly too many digits to count, and we are as delighted as she is. Am I correct, asks Balan. Of course, she is. And we beam, as much as she does. And then she finds a partner (Sengupta), and becomes a mother, and the film tilts over into becoming a drama about a reluctant mother and an unhappy daughter (Malhotra). Shakuntala Devi the perfect number cruncher giving way to Shakuntala Devi the imperfect mother is the conflict the film chooses, and spends most time resolving. Could it be because numbers are frightening and alienating, and mum-and-daughters are comforting and relatable?

You wish that the film stayed with Shakuntala the maths genius a little more. It would have been nice to delve into the process with which Shakuntala did what she did, even though she had no clue: numbers just spoke to her. The fact that she had political ambitions (she stood for elections, and fought Indira Gandhi in Medak for a Lok Sabha seat) is papered over briefly; a little more focus on her now-affectionate-now-thorny relationship with the father of her daughter would have shed light on why she wrote a book on homosexuality, the first of its kind in India. What made her veer towards astrology? More light on these intriguing aspects would have given us a more rounded Shakuntala.

Balan owns the material that she is given, course-correcting every time she tends to slip into being mannered. The supporting cast is fine. Sengupta works well with Balan, and Malhotra and Sadh, as the modern couple, feel right. The film, which stays determinedly cheerful even in the grey hues of London, slides into flatness here and there. The lines are perky but sometimes startlingly contemporary (did anyone say, for example, ‘let’s take this to the next level’, back in the 50s?). But then we slide right back: this is truly a Vidya Balan show, and she carries it off, with a glint in the eye, and a lilt in the step.

Shakuntala Devi movie release today ,Shakuntala Devi movie review: Vidya Balan film shows us a lot but says little

Shakuntala Devi movie review: Based on the life of maths genius Shakuntala Devi, who was known as the ‘human computer’, the Anu Menon film stars Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra and Amit Sadh.

Shakuntala Devi movie review: Vidya Balan plays the gifted mathematician in Anu Menon’s film.
Shakuntala Devi movie review: Vidya Balan plays the gifted mathematician in Anu Menon’s film.

Shakuntala Devi
Director – Anu Menon
Cast – Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, Jisshu Sengupta

Shakuntala Devi lives like she laughs. She tilts her head back and unleashes a full-throated guffaw; hers is a belly laugh and it’s often heard in the 2-hour-10-minute biopic. Even when she is not laughing, the expression on her face suggests that she is in on the joke.

As a maths genius in plaits, she would have understood the value of humour early on. Shakuntala had an uncanny ability to make numbers dance. As a slip of a girl, she was participating in maths shows, supporting her family by answering tough-as-nuts questions.

Watch the Shakuntala Devi trailer here

Even in a field as crowded as biopics of geniuses, finding one on a woman who knows how to live life is rare. Geniuses who get their own biopics are tortured, enigmatic and largely male. Their worth is often recognised long after they are gone. Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi ticks none of these boxes. She likes her saris, the attention, and her transcontinental lifestyle. Shakuntala Devi movie release today

Shakuntala Devi, the film, dramatises the life of the maths wizard whose bold outlines are public knowledge. A girl whose talent for maths was identified at a young age, Shakuntala supplemented her family’s dwindling resources by doing maths shows from an early age. A fierce feminist before perhaps she even knew the word, Shakuntala lived life on her own terms.

After she shoots at a paramour who tries to fool her, she is sent to the UK where her first love — maths — once again comes to her rescue. A Spanish man named Javier teaches her English and the way of life in Europe, as she finds fame as the ‘human computer’, eventually working her way into the Guinness Book of World Records. She marries an IAS officer named Paritosh (Jisshu Sengupta) but she fails to find a balance between maths and motherhood. Her testy relationship with daughter Anu (Sanya Malhotra), who wants a ‘normal’ life, forms the main conflict in the film.Vidya Balan and Sanya Malhotra in a still from Shakuntala Devi. Vidya Balan and Sanya Malhotra in a still from Shakuntala Devi.

With so much going for the little girl in pigtails, it is a shame that the film never takes any chances, happy to stick to the same constructs Shakuntala herself despised. The film feels functional, in a race to tell us the entire story of her life while skipping over the broad strokes that made the real-life Shakuntala Devi a woman ahead of her time. Shakuntala Devi movie release today

Chapter after chapter is shown, giving you as much satisfaction as turning the pages of your maths NCERT textbook, despite the detailed set design and the focus on period specific costumes. The sepia-toned tinge of her childhood spent in poverty merges into the lush colours of her youth in the UK without the viewer really getting any insight into her life.

The script by Nayanika Mehtani, co-written by director Anu Menon, Shakuntala Devi feels bland. The most important relationships of her life — especially with the men she loved — are explained away in expository dialogues. Paritosh and Javier get the sort of treatment usually reserved for women in Hindi cinema – just foisted there without much of an arc, with perhaps a song thrown in. Even something as important as Shakuntala authoring a book on homosexuality in India back in 1977 is glossed over in a cringe-inducing scene.

Shakuntala Devi truly focusses on only two relationships of its protagonists’ life – with maths and her daughter Anu, and even they get a short shrift, with emotions lost in exposition.

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Vidya Balan brings a sense of vibrancy to Shakuntala – the maths genius who was a rock star at heart. Shakuntala is another addition to the long line of independent, free-thinking women that populate her filmography. Sanya is competent but fails to match up to her more illustrious co-star, especially when it comes to the scenes of mother-daughter conflict. Both Jisshu and Amit Sadh, who plays Anu’s husband Abhaya, are charming and solid. Amit gets what is perhaps the most fleshed-out male role in the film and does justice to it.

In the film’s defence, it is not a hagiography. Shakuntala is not perfect. She has her imperfections like the rest of us. The film seems in a hurry to get from point A to point B, like a standard cradle-to-the-grave biopic. A woman who never really understood the meaning of the word ‘normal’, Shakuntala Devi now gets a biopic which can only be described thus.Shakuntala Devi movie release today

Shakuntala Devi movie release today ,Shakuntala Devi’ Review: Fans Shower Praises, Say ‘Vidya Balan Is As Effortless As Ever’

Shakuntala Devi movie release today ,Vidya Balan starrer ‘Shakuntala Devi’ released on July 31. Fans gushed to pen down ‘Shakuntala Devi’ review and hailed Vidya’s amazing on-screen charisma.

shakuntala devi review

Vidya Balan’s film Shakuntala Devi released on July 31, 2020. Ever since the movie was unspooled on Amazon Prime Video, fans have gushed to Twitter to shower praises for the film and Vidya’s character in it. While a fan said, “One woman show all the way,” another user tweeted, “Vidya Balan deserves a standing ovation.” A user also penned that Vidya deserves every bit of applause for her enchanting role in the movie and another fan wrote, “Vidya is as effortless as ever.” Check out how Twitterati has been pouring in praises for Balan and her film.

Shakuntala Devi review

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Vidya Balan in Shakuntala Devi

Directed by Anu Menon, Shakuntala Devi cast includes Vidya Balan, Jisshu Sengupta, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh among others. Vidya Balan plays the role of Shakuntala Devi, who is fondly remembered as ‘human computer’. Shakuntala jets off to London where she proves her computational expertise and gets her name registered in the book of Guinness World Records. There comes a crunch when Shakuntala grapples to balance her personal and professional life after she gives birth to a daughter

Vidya Balan talks about challenges she faced while playing Shakuntala Devi

During her exclusive interaction with Republic World, Vidya talked about the challenging part while portraying Shakuntala Devi. She said, “It was the math shows because Shakuntala Devi enjoyed those shows.” Vidya Balan talked about how people have a general perception of the subject and how they call math dull and boring. Balan said, “I personally do not have that. I always like math.” However, Vidya highlighted the way it was taught in her time and said that it wasn’t much interactive. Shakuntala Devi

About Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi film traces the journey of ‘math genius’ and ‘human computer’, Shakuntala Devi, whose love for numbers was unmissable. Shakuntala Devi was a mathematical wizard and an acclaimed writer. Her expertise and brilliance in the world of mathematical calculations earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book Of World Records. Shakuntala Devi movie release today

Also Read | When Vidya Balan changed the idea of a woman-centric film with ‘The Dirty Picture’ & ‘Kahaani’

  • Shakuntala Devi release time: Shakuntala Devi released on Amazon Prime on July 31, 2020, at 12 am, midnight.

Also Read | Vidya Balan reveals challenges she faced while playing math wizard in ‘Shakuntala Devi’

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