Shakuntala Devi is a biographical bollywood movie, recounting the experiences of one of the most brilliant mathematicians and Guinness Book Record holder Shakuntala Devi, which was released on 31st July 2020 on Amazon Prime Videos. The film was not released in theatres & streamed online on Prime Videos owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It rolls up to 127 minutes & was released in Hindi language. Produced by Sony Pictures Networks, the movie revolves around the “Human Computer” & her life as a free-spirited diligent woman and mother, who tried to balance her career as a mathematician and her duties as a mother. The star cast includes Vidya Balan and Sanya Malhotra in the lead roles. Shakuntala Devi was sold for about 35 crores on Prime Videos fetching a profit of almost 10 crores apart from profits gained from other sources.
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Shakuntala Devi Movie Overview
|Release Date||31 July 2020|
|Production Company||Abundantia Entertainment, Sony Pictures Networks India, Genius Films|
|Screenplay||Anu Menon, Nayanika Mahtani|
|Starring||Vidya Balan, Jisshu Sengupta, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh|
|Genre||Biography / Drama|
Shakuntala Devi Movie Cast and Crew
The movie is directed by Anu Menon, also known for New York (2012) and Waiting (2016) and produced by Vikram Malhotra. Story and screenplay are written by Anu Menon and Nayanika Mahtani. Dialogues are written by Ishita Moitra.
|Actor/Actress||Role Played in the Movie|
|Vidya Balan||Shakuntala Devi|
|Sanya Malhotra||Anupama Banerjee|
|Amit Sadh||Ajay Abhaya Kumar|
|Spandan Chaturvedi||Child Shakuntala Devi|
Shakuntala Devi Plot Summary
The film starts with Anupama Banerjee arriving in London with her husband Ajay to sue her mother, Shakuntala Devi. The plot enters into a flashback where Shakuntala was just a small girl living in Bengaluru. Eventually in turn of events her family discovers her remarkable talent of solving complex mathematical problems in just a few seconds in her mind. Her father starts organising ‘Math Shows’ for her to stun people by exhibiting her incredible talent and earn money for her family.
As she grows, she realises that her father snatched away her childhood from her & made her a money generating machine. She becomes upset with her mother for not standing up for her children. The movie moves forward & Shakuntala ends up in London, where she starts doing shows to entertain various people. She meets Javier who helps her in improving & polishing her english speaking skills, after a show at the Royal Mathematical Society in London. After she proves a computer wrong on a television show, she is given the title of a “Human Computer”. People came from all over the world to see her perform and her fame spread like a wildfire.
Shakuntala Devi starts performing worldwide & on one of her ventures she meets Paritosh Banerjee. They get married and start a family together. Playing the role of a mother, she starts missing her carefree lifestyle and worldwide ventures & realises that she is not made to sit at home. She decides to focus on her career again leaving Anu in the care of Paritosh.
Achieving success at every front, Shakuntala fears of becoming an unaffectionate & detached mother for her child and she decides to take Anu with her wherever she goes. Paritosh didn’t support her & they ended up getting divorced. Anu struggles to keep up with the ever-changing locations. Even when Anu was admitted to a boarding school, Shakuntala used every opportunity to take her along on her ventures and shows. This ends up making Anu frustrated and she ends up lashing out at her mother.
This affects Shakuntala Devi very much & she settles down with her daughter. She also supports her business desires. Anu falls in love with Ajay and Shakuntala disapproves. This creates another rift between the two and Anu goes on to marry Ajay against the wishes of her mother. Anu decides not to become a mother, fearing that she would end up being an incompetent mother.
Despite all the odds she gives birth to a daughter, Amrita. Just then, Anu and Ajay receive shocking news of Shakuntala exploiting her power of attorney to sell all business properties owned by Anu and sharing zero profit with her. She sends a notice expecting Anu to pay for a huge amount of taxes, devastating the couple. Anu then travels to London to sue her mother for the actions. The viewers are taken to the same point from where the movie started.
It turns out that it was all done by Shakuntala to lure Anu in meeting her for the last time. She ends up giving all the profit to Anu and asks her to sue her for all she cares. This resolves the conflict between the mother and the daughter. The movie ends on a note of reconciliation between the two.
Shakuntala Devi Movie Reviews and Ratings
“Vidya Balan gets under the skin of her character and simply aces it in the titular role – she gives an unrestrained performance as Shakuntala Devi from the 1950s to 2000s which is captivating to watch, as every stage of her life unfolds”, writes Sreeparna Sengupta from Times of India. The movie gets to the audience in its appeal to show them a young, unschooled woman rising to become a shining star in the world for her unprecedented mathematical skills. The fiercely independent Shakuntala Devi rises above all the odds and proves her mettle to the world. She becomes a worldwide sensation.
Apart from her successful career, the movie explicitly highlights her strained personal relationships with her husband and daughter. Vidya Balan and Sanya Malhotra have been applauded for their brilliant performances in the Shakuntala Devi movie. IMDb rates the movie 6.1 out of 10, Rotten Tomatoes gives it 78% and Times of India sets it up at 3.5 from 5. The movie received a great response and was welcomed with open arms by the audience. It received very positive reviews from the audience.
Trivia : Although it failed to release in theatres, the response received on Amazon Prime Videos was very good. It is estimated that about 4-5 crore people have watched the movie. It was sold to almost 20 crore people. (Source: Bollymoviereviewz)
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