The sultry Sulu is ready to switch to a woman with an impeccable brain! Actor Vidya Balan has been brought on board for the biopic of Shakuntala Devi, the late Indian writer and mental calculator, popularly known as a 'human computer'. Shakuntala, owing to her astonishing abilities to remember and calculate numbers, earned a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1982. Vidya, known to be an actor par excellence, is excited to be a part of the project.
“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, producer), Anu (Menon, director) 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," she said in a statement.
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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 ! @abundantiaent In theatres - Summer 2020.
The Dirty Picture revolving around late Southern sex siren Silk Smitha, the first biopic in Vidya's career, bagged her a National Award. Down South, she recently featured in the biopic of NT Rama Rao. As per reports, Vidya was also prepping for a biopic on the late Bharat Ratna singer MS Subbulakshmi, a celebrated artiste, especially down South. In the past, she has walked out of a biopic on legendary actor Nargis, after objecting to the 'sensational account' the film was turning out to be.
Shakuntala Devi's biopic is tentatively slated to release in summer, 2020.