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Shakuntala Devi - not-so-well-calculated

Updated: Aug 23

Genre: Drama, Biopic | Language: Hindi

Director: Anu Menon

Lead Cast: Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, Sheeba Chaddha and more.

The film celebrates the life this India mathematics genius - Shakuntala Devi. Also known as the Human Computer, who is also a Guinness Record holder, without any formal education beyond initial schooling, could perform highly complex calculations, within seconds. No less than God's Gift as they say!

The narrative also focuses on the traditional mindset towards women and their status in the society v/s the odd one Shakuntala who was far career-oriented, carefree, independent and self-reliant. It further delves into the typical conflicts of work-family balance, which has always been more challenging for women.

The films starts well and gets you to expect a lot of entertainment, but soon de-routes to the path of disappoint. All through it keeps toggling between her past and present life, work and life balance.

Vidya Balan, as always, with her screen presence and performance does full justice to the role.

We have seen far better bio-pics and this one is a mis-calculated risk taken!

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