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Shakuntala Devi Movie Review: Success and loneliness go hand in hand

How is recently released Vidya Balan’s film ‘Shakuntala Devi’, keep reading to find out.

Cast: Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Jishu Sengupta, Amit Sadh, etc.

Director: Anu Menon

Producer: Abundantia Entertainment (Vikram Malhotra) and Sony Pictures Networks India

Vidya Balan is known for her strong film characters and women-centric films. Her characters often portray the strength and power of women. The film Shakuntala Devi is one such film that was released on 31 July 2020 on Amazon Prime Video. The film starts with a girl named Anu (Sanya Malhotra) who wants to be legally separated from her mother Shakuntala Devi (Vidya Balan). But why she thinks that way and does she gets separated from her mother is what the audience gets to know slowly as the film proceeds.


The film began with some scenes set in the early 1940s when a young girl named Shakuntala of Kannada origin shocked everyone by her incredible brain skills. Eventually, her skills became her method of earning by which she started supporting her family. Even without school education, this young girl solved mathematical problems in a blink of an eye. This made her father greedy which eventually lead to the death of Shakuntala’s sister which affected her so strongly that she became a rebel. However, she did not leave her love for mathematics and slowly became famous by the name ‘Human Computer’ in London. Shakuntala had everything but a loving family.

Shakuntala stumbled between her love life and work and somehow married Paritosh. Before she could realise it, she became a mother. All of this could not change her love for mathematics and pretty soon, she became busy in her work. However, her love and dedication towards her work broke her marriage and she took away her daughter Anu from her father. A lot of misunderstandings and frustrations caused the relationship between the mother and the daughter to weaken and at the last Anu with her husband (Amit Sadh) also started keeping distancing from Shakuntala. After, losing all her family, Shakuntala realised the true meaning of life.


This film is very interesting and entertaining. Some people may find the mix of timelines confusing but Anu Menon did justice to the film. Vidya’s character once again won the hearts of the audience. All the other characters also did a good job in the film. It is a fast-paced film but ending seemed a little slow and weak. Overall, Shakuntala Devi is definitely worth watching!

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