Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who was most recently seen in NTR biopic in the southern film industry, has been affirmed to assume the lead job of Indian mathematical virtuoso Shakuntala Devi in her upcoming biopic. The movie will be directed by Anu Menon of ‘London, Paris, New York’ acclaim and is set for summer 2020 release.
Vidya Balan To Essay Human Computer Shakuntala Devi Role
Vidya will essay the title role of the film. The actress 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.”
Shakuntala Devi never went through regular education, a small town Indian girl is broadly known as the “human computer” and her capacity to make amazingly quick calculations. The mathematical wizard has her name engraved in the Guinness Book of World Records for exhibiting the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers by mental calculations. Her book ‘The World Of Homosexuals’ is also viewed as the first study of homosexuality in India.
Director Anu Menon said, “ Shakuntala is a true heroine for our times. And who else can capture the spirit of a woman like Shakuntala than the incredible Vidya Balan? We have spent months together in script development, and it’s been nothing short of exhilarating.”
Producer Vikram Malhotra of ‘Airlift’, ‘Baby’, ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’ fame will be bankrolling the upcoming biopic. Vikram and Vidya had earlier worked together in the 2012 film ‘Kahaani’.