Shakuntala Devi Review

Cast- Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Jisshu Sengupta, Amit Sadh 

Streaming on- Amazon Prime Video 

“Mujhe badaa admi nahi, badi aaurat banna hai”. 

Five minutes into the Shakuntala Devi movie and we will get to know this movie is not just a mainstream cliché biopic. This movie pays rich tributes to a genius who tried very hard to prove that she is not just a ‘NORMAL’ person. 

Anu Menon directorial, Shakuntala Devi, played brilliantly by Vidya Balan is a beautiful take on transformation of a small-town girl into world renowned mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi. It narrates the various shades of her multi-faced personality, her envious career as a genius, and how she manages her in-born talent as well as the challenges of being a mother. 

A fitting tribute to ‘Human Computer’ 

The movie starts with a scene that shows an ongoing legal clash between Anupama Banerjee (Sanya Malhotra) who is Shakuntala Devi’s daughter and Shakuntala. Then one by one her whole life events are narrated by her daughter especially how she felt being the daughter of ‘The Human Computer’.  

Instead of focusing on a single person, the film highlights the bigger picture that is Women Empowerment: how an Indian woman in saree and braids had changed the perception of western countries about India, against all odds. 

Our Verdict:  

Director Anu Menon tried to give justice to the script and to the extraordinary life of this woman but in some places the movie runs at a very fast pace. On the other hand, Vidya Balan with her incredible acting skills, became the reel life Shakuntala. Her dialogues, bubbliness and sarcasm make her weird but in a pretty way. The background score and all the tracks were soothing and other cast members also fitted right. 

Lastly, it shows the never-ending love between a mother and a daughter and how a mother can lose everything just for her daughter. Definitely worth a watch! 

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