Bollywood actor Vidya Balan has finally announced that she will be playing the role of Math Genius Shakuntala Devi in the biopic of the acclaimed human computer. Earlier today, she took to Instagram to share the news and captioned the post, “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.” (sic)
The film will be a biopic on Indian writer and mental calculator Shakuntala Devi. It will be directed by Anu Menon and produced by Vikram Malhotra under the banner Abundantia Entertainment. The film is slated to release in summer 2020.
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Vidya Balan shared her excitement with Bollywood Hungama and 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.”
On a related note, Shakuntala Devi is popularly known as ‘human computer’ as she could mentally calculate. At the age of 5, she solved a math problem for 18-year-old students. Without any formal education, she could solve incredibly arithmetic problems. She has also earned her place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.