Shakuntala Devi Movie Review - Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra

Shakuntala Devi Movie Review starring Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra. The movie is based on the life of Shakuntala Devi who is a well-known mathematical genius and calculating prodigy from India. She has been nicknamed 'Human Computer' because of her extraordinary talent and skill in solving complex mathematical problems without any mechanical aid.

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It is directed by Anu Menon and it released on Amazon Prime on 31st July 2020.
By Anupama Chopra
Shakuntala Devi is the biopic of a woman without limits.The real life Shakuntala was a math wizard, who was famously known as the human computer. Her name was in the Guinness Book of World Records. She was also a globe-trotting stage performer, an in-demand astrologer, a best-selling book author who wrote one of the earliest records of what it means to be gay in India and an aspiring politician who stood for elections.
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By Anna M.M. Vetticad (2.5/5)
Shakuntala Devi is perhaps the most famous Indian about whom most Indians know so little. I remember her well from my childhood, but only as a near-fixture in classified ads in the papers and because Dad said the sassy-looking woman in the picture was known as a "human computer".
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By Sukanya Verma (3/5)
You could be really good at mathematics and marvel at the ease with which Shakuntala Devi calculates the cube root of large numbers. Or you could be a complete arithmophobic and still reel in awe over her ability to multiply. But when has a woman ever been just what she loves? She must be defined by her roles.
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By Nandini Ramnath
There are two Shakuntala Devis vying for attention in Anu Menon's biopic of the celebrated mathematician. One is fun and the other is a mum. There is the public figure who fills the room with her mathematical brilliance and the sheer force of personality. Perfectly turned out in saris (preferred colours hot pink and bright reds), this feisty woman with a big grin and a bigger brain impresses the Western world with her superfast ability to solve complex equations.
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By Devesh Sharma (4/5)
Shakuntala Devi was a maths prodigy who used to perform unparalleled feats when it came to mental mathematics without any formal training whatsoever. She travelled widely throughout the world, displaying her talent in different countries through her shows and was even acknowledged by the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
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By Umesh Punwani (2.5/5)
So we have this superhero in Shakuntala Devi (Vidya Balan) who has this supernatural power to do mental Math faster than a computer. She has been brilliant with numbers since her childhood. With some internal issues with her mother, Shakuntala wants to travel around the world and hates to stick at a place (she says, 'only trees stick at one place').
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By Aishwarya Vasudevan (3/5)
The extraordinary story of Shakuntala Devi, the world-renowned mathematician who lived her life on her terms. While the film pays tribute to her genius as a mathematician, it also humanises her as a woman and mother, in trying to capture her indomitable spirit. Told through the lens of her relationship with her daughter Anu, the film highlights their very different struggles and aspirations.
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Hindustan Times
By Jyoti Sharma Bawa
Shakuntala Devi lives like she laughs. She tilts her head back and unleashes a full-throated guffaw; hers is a belly laugh and it's often heard in the 2-hour-10-minute biopic. Even when she is not laughing, the expression on her face suggests that she is in on the joke. As a maths genius in plaits, she would have understood the value of humour early on. Shakuntala had an uncanny ability to make numbers dance. As a slip of a girl, she was participating in maths shows, supporting her family by answering tough-as-nuts questions.
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The Times Of India
By Sreeparna Sengupta (3.5/5)
'Shankuntala Devi' not only explores the mathematician's fascinating relationship with numbers but her relationships beyond it as well - especially her life as a mother and a woman. If Shankuntala Devi's intriguing journey which started off as a three-year-old solving difficult math problems and doing her own shows across schools was not remarkable enough - her fearless and independent spirit as a young woman in the 1950's, who lived by her own rules adds to her dazzling persona.
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By Bollywood Hungama (3.5/5)
SHAKUNTALA DEVI is the story of a mathematical genius and her complicated relationship with her daughter. Shakuntala Devi (Araina Nand) is 5 years old and lives in Bangalore with her family. Her brother Srinivas (Ahan Nirbhan) discovers that she can solve complicated maths problems easily. Shakuntala's father (Prakash Belawadi) realizes that he can do maths shows with her to enthral audiences and thereby earn money.
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By Vishal Verma (4.5/5)
The incredibly inspiring life story of the Indian mathematician genius, writer, astrologer - the Human computer Shakuntala Devi is adapted for the screen by Anu Menon and Nayanika Mahtani. Born in Bengaluru, Karnataka to a Kannada Brahmin family. Young 8-year-old Shakuntala (Araina Nand) is a God gifted genius, the prodigy in maths started solving toughest puzzles at a very young age.
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The Hindu
By Kennith Rosario
Shakuntala Devi struggles to balance her family life with her desire to travel the world and perform her astounding mathematical skills to a global audience. Shakuntala Devi had a famously high octane personality - full of laughter, quirk, impudence and wit. She turned a conventionally drab skill of nimble calculations into a stage performance and added oodles of drama and oomph to it.
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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (3/5)
For someone who had such a celebrated, spot-lit public life, accompanied by an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records and dropped jaws in well-regarded mathematics circles around the world, there is astonishingly little known about the personal life of Shakuntala Devi, known as 'the human computer'.
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By Saibal Chatterjee (3/5)
A warm, whippy dramatization of the life of an extraordinary woman whose head for numbers is the stuff of legend, Shakuntala Devi is consistently entertaining and emotionally engaging, a triumph for both director Anu Menon and lead actress Vidya Balan.
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