Due to the current pandemic around the world, a number of Bollywood films are being released on Amazon Prime Video and I’m here for it. The trailer for Shakuntala Devi has premiered. The upcoming film will be available to stream come July 31, 2020.
For those who don’t know, Shakuntala Devi is, basically, a biopic about an Indian mathematical genius of the same name (4 November 1929 – 21 April 2013). Her interests included making mathematics simpler for children to understand. She also achieved a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records. Devi was known as the ‘human computer’.
Played by famous Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, you can just feel the love Devi had for numbers and calculations in the trailer below.
Judging by the trailer, the film’s going to focus on her personal life quite a lot. For those who don’t know, Devi ended up marrying a closeted gay man. However, instead of allowing such an experience to turn her toward hate and anger, Devi went on to pen the book The World of Homosexuals in the 1970s. This book is considered to be one of the earlier studies of homosexuality in India. She called for the decriminalization of homosexuality in India (which finally happened in 2018).
For those who want to learn more about her life, I recommend you read the piece Vogue wrote.
Along with Balan, the cast of this film includes Prakash Belawadi as Shakuntala Devi’s father, Jisshu Sengupta as Paritosh Banerji (Devi’s husband), and Sanya Malhotra as Anupama Banerji (Devi’s daughter).
It was directed and written by Anu Menon and produced by Sony Pictures Networks India and Vikram Malhotra under his banner Abundantia Entertainment. The film was previously scheduled to have a theatrical opening on May 8, 2020.
What are your thoughts about the Shakuntala Devi trailer? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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