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 is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Read the complete Shakuntala Devi review below before watching the film.
- Director: Anu Menon
- Star Cast: Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Jisshu Sengupta, Amit Sadh, Sheeba Chaddha, Prakash Belawadi
- Our Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
- Reason to Watch: Fantastic portrayal of Shakuntala Devi by Vidya Balan
- Reason not to Watch: Solving math becomes a redundant task while watching the movie.
Shakuntala Devi Plot
So we have this superhero in Shakuntala Devi (Vidya Balan) who has this supernatural power to do mental Math faster than a computer. She has been brilliant with numbers since her childhood. With some internal issues with her mother, Shakuntala wants to travel around the world and hates to stick at a place. Shakuntala starts doing Math and shows her sharp brainy skills all around the world. How she falls in love, faces an abrupt heartbreak, falls in love again, and has internal issues as well as how she faces them along with wearing the superheroes cape is what the rest of story is about.
Shakuntala Devi Review
The genius of acting meets the genius of mathematics and the union is a match made in heaven. There isn’t a better word other than ‘flawless’, which we can find to lavish praise on Vidya as Shakuntala Devi, but one such word should be seriously invented. Anu Menon and Nayanika Mahtani’s screenplay does well to traverse the length, breath and depth of Shakuntala’s character — the good, the bad and the ugly of it — revealing in her achievements, not judging her life choices, taking an unapologetic, unabashed look at her complexities, however inspiring or selfish they may seem at times. Getting marvellous actors like Amit Sadh and Jisshu Sengupta to play the men in the movie also doesn’t hurt as doesn’t Karan Kulkarni’s background score, Keiko Nakahara’s camerawork and Antara Lahiri’s largely satisfying cuts.
Shakuntala Devi is a brave and bare look at every unbelievable as well as uneasy aspect of its enigmatic, eponymous character, and the faithfulness itself makes it better than so many Bollywood biopics. That being said, the disjointedness in the beginning, abruptness at the end and stubbornness to not dive further into certain vital aspects of the math prodigy’s journey, makes it stop just short of being a great film, even though it’s a great character study. Worry not though, because whenever the film falters, Vidya Balan is there to shoulder it with her flawlessness, delivering one of the best performances you’ll ever be privileged to witness on screen. We are going with 3.5/5 stars.
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