Vidya Balan looks unrecognisable in the recently dropped motion poster from her upcoming film Shakuntala Devi. The project, based on the life of math wizard and Human Computer Shakuntala Devi, will see the actor get into the role of the genius. Basking in the success of her first INR200 crore film Mission Mangal, Vidya took to Twitter to announce the film and released her first look. Accompanying the poster, she wrote, "She was extraordinary, in every sense of the word! Know the story of the child prodigy and the human computer, #ShakuntalaDevi." With a confident face and looking older than she is, Vidya sports an angular bob and a red sari.
First look poster... Vidya Balan as #ShakuntalaDevi... Based on the life of mathematical genius, the ‘human computer’ - Shakuntala Devi... Directed by Anu Menon... Filming begins today... Summer 2020 release. pic.twitter.com/KaLRmuo7xu— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 16, 2019
The film’s team will commence its shoot in London this week. It is also reported that Vidya waited for four months after signing the film to actually get into the role. Shakuntala Devi, the mathematical wizard, was known for her ability to make incredibly swift calculations. Shakuntala’s talent was first discovered at the age of 5, when she solved a math problem for 18-year-old students.
She never attended formal education and was home-schooled. However, her genius brain gained her a spot in the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Apart from being a mathematician, Shakuntala Devi was an astrologer, cookbook author and a novelist. She travelled the world demonstrating her mathematical ideas, at colleges, in theatres, on radio and on television. "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 said earlier. “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,” she concluded. The film will release in 2020.