Vidya Balan, who was last seen in NTR Biopic and will be soon seen in Mission Mangal, is all set to play the role of Shakuntala Devi.
One of India’s foremost content creators, Abundantia Entertainment, led-by Vikram Malhotra, announced today that it is producing a film on the Math Genius — Shakuntala Devi, which will be played by Vidya Balan.
For those who don’t know, Shakuntala Devi is a mathematical wizard or human-computer, a moniker she earned. She 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.
The truly gifted Shakuntala Devi donned many hats over the years. Aside from her love for mathematics, she was an astrologer, cookbook author, and a novelist. She traveled 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.
The Shakuntala Devi film will be helmed by Anu Menon and is slated to be a summer 2020 release.
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.”