Vidya Balan has announced formally that she would be playing the character of Mathematics wizard Shakuntala Devi in an upcoming biopic. Shakuntala Devi was nicknamed “the human computer” in India and she was particularly known for her swift mental calculations. She was born in Bengaluru in 1929 and her father, a circus artist, discovered her mathematical abilities while teaching her a card game when she was three years old.
According to a report in Scroll.in, the mathematician was featured in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records for correctly multiplying two 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds at the Imperial College in London in 1980. She authored several books on mathematics, as well as the 1977 title The World of Homosexuals, which featured interviews with gay men in India. Devi died in Bengaluru on April 21, 2013.
The untitled biopic will go into production later this year and is aiming for a 2020 release. The film will be produced by Abundantia Entertainment.
Meanwhile, Vidya Balan tweeted, “Excited to play the role of Math Genius #ShakuntalaDevi,” Balan described as her as a “small-town Indian girl who took the world by storm”.
BIG DAY ! Excited to play the role of Math Genius, #ShakuntalaDevi. @vikramix @anumenon1805 and I are thrilled to bring to life the true story of 'the human computer' - a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm! @Abundantia_Ent— vidya balan (@vidya_balan) May 8, 2019
In theatres - Summer 2020 pic.twitter.com/LSCipkhwir
Vidya Balan’s last release was Tumhari Sulu where she played a housewife who becomes a radio jockey. The film was widely appreciated and Vidya won a clutch of awards as well.