Actress Vidya Balan has confirmed she is playing the lead role in a film on mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi, who earned the moniker of ‘human computer’ for her ability to make swift calculations. Set for a summer 2020 release, the film is to be directed by Anu Menon of “London, Paris, New York” and “Four More Shots Please!” fame, and produced by Vikram Malhotra-led Abundantia Entertainment.
“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,” Vidya Balan said in a statement.
“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, Anu and I are proud to bring to life the story of one of the most inspiring women of this country,” said Vidya, who has been widely lauded for her versatility.
“How incredible that ‘The Math Genius’, ‘The Human Computer’, was a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm,” she added. (IANS)
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