In our recent interview with the fabulous actress Vidya Balan we learned that she was getting ready for her next character Shakuntala Devi. Now the film has begun its shoot and we have a first look at her transformation into the character. Titled, Shakuntala Devi, the film brings to life the legendary and inspiring story of the mathematician popularly known as ‘The Human Computer’.
Shakuntala Devi took the world by storm with her talent of making incredibly swift calculations from a very young age. Despite no formal education, Shakuntala Devi made a name for herself globally as a ‘math genius’. Her great mathematical skills even are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Directed by Anu Menon who also wrote the screenplay along with Nayanika Mahtani, the film also includes dialogs by Ishita Moitra. Shakuntala Devi is produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra of Abundantia Entertainment.
Principal photography of the film commenced today and this unique tale of the human mind and human relationships will see a worldwide release in the summer of 2020.
Check out this first look of an extraordinary woman’s story played by an extraordinary actress
On Twitter, Vidya wrote, “Filming begins. Excitement is multiplying each day! Time to dig into the ‘root’ of the mathematical genius. She was extraordinary, in every sense of the word! Know the story of the child prodigy & the human computer.”
Anu Menon, Director revealed to us, “I have always been fascinated by Shakuntala Devi and truly felt that hers is an incredible story that had to be told. She was an extraordinary woman, who lived ahead of her times and on her own terms, unapologetically. From Vidya Balan to the rest of the cast and crew, and my producers – Vikram and Sony Pictures Networks Productions, I am so glad that all the elements have come together for us to put our best foot forward. I’m delighted that everyone will finally get to witness it on the big screen.”
Sneha Rajani, Studio Head, Sony Pictures Networks Productions said, “On very few occasions, you get an opportunity to tell a story of an individual who has had a journey that has inspired the entire world. The achievements of Shakuntala Devi are unparalleled globally. She was exceptionally gifted and everyone was in awe of her including myself. I have had the honour of meeting her thrice. Vikram and his team are great to work with and Vidya is someone I wanted to work with forever! I am looking forward to beginning this new association and bring this phenomenal story to our audience.”
Vikram Malhotra, Producer, Abundantia Entertainment Pvt Ltd added his excitement about the film, “Abundantia has always been at the forefront of supporting progressive and insightful stories. I am delighted that we are extending our content philosophy further with this exciting story on the life and times of Shakuntala Devi. Shakuntala Devi is, even now, one-of-a-kind and I’m certain that this unique story, especially with the amazing Vidya Balan in the lead, will connect with audiences across generations. I also eagerly look forward to a new partnership with Sony Pictures Networks Productions so that together we can take storytelling to a new level.”
Stay tuned we will have more about this exciting project that is set to release in the summer of 2020.