Movie Review: Shakuntala Devi
Director : Anu Menon
Producer : Sony Pictures Networks India, Vikram Malhotra
Music : Sachin–Jigar
Starring : Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Jisshu Sengupta
Release Date: 30th July 2020
Shakuntala Devi Movie Review: Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi, which is based on the life of mathematics legend, is available on Netflix and let’s see the story of it.
Story : A young Shakuntala Devi (Araina Nand) is seen solving complex equations. When her father (Prakash Belawade) realizes that his daughter is not an ordinary girl but a genius, he starts taking Shakuntala Devi out to do Maths shows. At the young age Shakuntala Devi is a fierce feminist. Things take a turn when she gets married to Paritosh Banerjee(Jisshu Sen Gupta). After the birth of her daughter Anupama Banerji (Sanya Malhotra), Shakuntala Devi keeps away from the limelight and this does not go well with her. She finds herself struggling to strike a balance between maths and motherhood. On the other hand, Anupama Banerji is strict against this fame and she fights with her mom. The rest of the story is as to how Shakuntala Devi and her daughter realize the mistakes.
- Vidya Balan
- Production values
- Pace of the film
Performance: National Award-winning actress, Vidya Balan has given top notch performance in the role of Shakuntala Devi. She does an amazing job. Her body languages, slang, arrogance, and emotional outbursts in most of the scenes are appreciable. Sanya Malhotra, who plays Vidya Balan’ daughter does a good job. Jisshu Sen Gupta does well as Vidya Balan’s husband. Remaining cast of Shakuntala Devi performed accordingly.
Technical: The first half of the film Shakuntala Devi is breezy, while emotions run half in the latter portion. Anu Menon explores the messy mother-daughter equation in a heartfelt way. The visuals are vibrant and celebratory. Antara Lahiri’s editing scissors could have been a little more sharper to define few scenes. The music is good. Dialogues are superb and the production values are top notch.
Analysis: The film Shakuntala Devi shows how a talented woman learns to live on her own, and on her own terms in a world and in an era where men struggle to fathom her. It is a movie about a mother-daughter relationship.