Mumbai: Actress Vidya Balan has confirmed she is taking part in the lead function in a movie on arithmetic genius Shakuntala Devi, who earned the moniker of ‘human pc’ for her potential to make swift calculations.
Set for a summer time 2020 launch, the movie is to be directed by Anu Menon of “London, Paris, New York” and “4 Extra Photographs Please!” fame, and produced by Vikram Malhotra-led Abundantia Leisure.
“I’m extraordinarily excited to play the human pc, Shakuntala Devi, on the massive display. She was actually somebody who embraced her individuality, had a powerful feminist voice and braved many a naysayer to achieve the head of success,” Vidya mentioned in an announcement.
“However what actually fascinates me is that you just wouldn’t usually affiliate a enjoyable particular person with math… and he or she utterly turns that notion on its head.”
“I’m thrilled that Vikram, who I’ve labored with on ‘Kahaani’, and his workforce are producing the movie. Vikram, Anu and I are proud to carry to life the story of some of the inspiring ladies of this nation,” mentioned Vidya, who has been extensively lauded for her versatility.
“How unimaginable that ‘The Math Genius’, ‘The Human Laptop’, was a small-town Indian lady, who took the world by storm,” she added.
Shakuntala’s genius was first found on the age of 5 when she solved a math downside meant for 18-year-old college students. Although she by no means obtained any formal training, her expertise for numbers additionally earned her a spot within the 1982 version of the Guinness E-book of World Data.
Apart from her love for arithmetic, she was an astrologer, cookbook writer, and a novelist. She traveled the world demonstrating her mathematical concepts — at faculties, in theatres, on radio, and on tv. She additionally penned the e book “The World Of Homosexuals”.
The movie on her is written by Menon together with Nayanika Mahtani, and the dialogue might be penned by Ishita Moitra. It’s scheduled to go on flooring later this yr.
Producer Malhotra is assured that the “compelling story will resonate strongly with followers of all ages” and is very excited to have Vidya on board.
“I’m delighted to collaborate with Vidya as soon as once more. Her versatility as a performer is unmatched and the eagerness that she has delivered to this movie is superb. I’m equally delighted to accomplice with Anu Menon, who has woven an entertaining and evocative narrative,” Malhotra mentioned.
“Shakuntala Devi was a rare girl, who lived forward of her instances and on her personal phrases, unapologetically. Her love for numbers and the eagerness with which she unfold the enjoyment of maths, in opposition to all odds is really fascinating,” Menon added.
“Shakuntala is a real heroine for our instances. And who else can seize the spirit of a girl like Shakuntala than the unimaginable Vidya Balan.”