INDIAN CINEMA: The much-anticipated biopic of Indian maths prodigy Shakuntala Devi has been given a release date. The film, starring the iconic Vidya Balan will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video from July 31.
Balan took so social media platform, Twitter, where she confused Indian cinema fans with a few complicated mathematical problems. She captioned the Insta post, “Experience the story of an extraordinary mind! #ShakuntalaDeviOnPrime premieres July 31, on @PrimeVideoIN”.
The biopic on the famed Shakuntala Devi possessed incredible mathematical abilities which led to her name in the Guinness Book of World Records. The film is written and directed by Anu Menon also stars Sanya Malhotra as Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama Banerjee, Jisshu Sengupta and Amit Sadh.
Expressing her excitement about the film. Vidya Balan had earlier 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.”
Born into a Brahmin caste family on November 4, 1929, in Bangalore, it was when she was three years old that her father noticed Shakuntala Devi’s ability to memorize numbers. At the ripe age of six, Devi stunned the best minds at the University of Mysore by showing off her arithmetic capability and in 1944, she moved to London with father. The child prodigy then used her gift as an expert in solving mathematical problems by driving the agenda to expand human capacity and thinking.
Shakuntala Devi is the second Bollywood film to premiere on Amazon Prime Video. Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana’s Gulabo Sitabo released on the platform.