Director – Anu Menonas
Plays – Vidya Balanas, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, Jisshu Sengupta
Shakuntala Devi lives like laughing. She tilts her head back and releases a full bump; her belly laughs and is often heard within 2 hours – 10 minutes biography. Even when she’s not laughing, her facial expression suggests she’s kidding.
Being a braid of mathematics, she would have realized the value of humor early on. Shakuntala had an extraordinary ability to make numbers dance. As a girl’s snot, she attended a math show, supporting her family by answering tough questions. When she says, “I never lose,”; she means.
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Even in a field that is overflowing with a biography of genius, one can rarely find a woman who knows how to live. The geniuses who get their biographies are tortured, mysterious and mostly male. Their value is often recognized for a long time when they no longer exist. Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi did not tick any of these boxes. She loves her saris, attention and transcontinental lifestyle.
Shakuntala Devi, the film describes the life of a math wizard whose bold drawings are public knowledge. A girl for whom math talent was established at a young age, Shakuntala supplemented her family’s resources from an early age by doing math shows. A fierce feminist, perhaps even unaware of the word, Shakuntala lived on his own.
After she shoots a paramoura who tries to trick her, she is sent to the UK, where her first love, math, comes again. A Spaniard named Javier teaches her English and way of life in Europe as she gains fame as a “human computer” and eventually enters the Guinness Book of World Records. She married an IAS official named Paritosh (Jisshu Sengupta) but fails to find a balance between mathematics and motherhood. Her main conflict is with her daughter Anu (Sanya Malhotra), who wants a “normal” life.
Vidya Balan and Sanya Malhotra in a still camera from Shakuntala Devi.
With so much going into the little girl’s whips, it’s a pity that the film never takes a chance, gladly following the same constructions that Shakuntala himself despised. The film feels functional because it tells us strokes to tell us the whole story of its life, which made the real Shakuntala Devi a woman superior to her time.
A chapter-by-chapter is shown, providing as much satisfaction as turning the pages of your math NCERT textbook, despite the detailed design of the set and the focus on period-specific costumes. The shade of the seven-color poverty color spent in childhood blends into the juicy colors of youth in the UK, and the viewer has not really gained his life.
Nayanika Mehtani’s screenplay, co-written with director Anu Menon, makes Shakuntala Devi feel bored. The most important relationships in her life, especially with the men she loved, are explained in exhibition dialogues. Paritos and Javier behave as they usually do in Hindi cinematography for women – just there without a steady arc, perhaps including a song. Even as important as Shakuntala, 1977. Writing a book about homosexuality in India is puzzling. through the jamming scene.
Shakuntala Devi really focuses only on the two life connections of his characters – with mathematics and her daughter Anu, and even they shrink for a short time, losing their emotions in the exhibition.
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Vidya Balan gives a sense of vitality to Shakuntala, a mathematical genius who had a heart star. Shakuntala is another addition to the long line of independent, free-thinking women who house her filmography. Sanya is competent, but fails to reconcile with her brighter star, especially when it comes to the mother-daughter conflict. Both Jisshu and Amit Sadh, who plays Anu’s husband Abhaya, are charming and solid. Amit gets what is probably the most subtle male role in the film, and justifies it.
In the defense of the film, this is not hagiography. Shakuntala is not perfect. It has its imperfections, as do we all. The film seems to be rushing to get from point A to point B, like a standard cradle-grave biography. A woman who never really understood the meaning of the word “normal,” Shakuntala Devi now gets a biography that can only be described as such.
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