Anu Menon’s film Shakuntala Devi is now on Amazon Prime Video, Shakuntla Devi starring Vidya Balan as the famous maths genius. Who suffers from shaky writing and tends to simplify complexes
In 2001 London, the movie begins where Anupama (Sanya Malhotra) has filed a case on her mother for trying to destroy her financially. Then the scene turns to 1934 Bangalore, where a five-year-old Shakuntala gets the eight-digit number cube root in just a few seconds.
When it becomes clear that Shakuntla’s calculations are not a fluke her father takes her to many local schools, not for admission, but to make money off her ‘math shows’, where people can throw challenges on her and she can solve them all.
Shakuntala Devi the famous ‘human-computer’
The story of Shakuntala Devi is based on the life of a famous ‘human computer’. Maths prodigy from Karnataka who conquered the whole world with her magical ability of calculation, a strong but willed, independent, and confident woman who lived life on her terms.
Pass Nahi Toh Fail Nahi
Shakuntala Devi film is not just for the joy of watching. It starts with photos from the personal albums of mother Shakuntala Devi and daughter Anupama Banerji with freeze frames and ends with the Pass Nahi Toh Fail Nahi song that sums up the goal of the movie in the spirit