The much-awaited and highly anticipated biopic of the great mathematician, Shakuntala Devi
finally premiered on Amazon Prime Video on July 31. Written and directed by Anu Menon, the biopic stars Vidya Balan as Shakuntla Devi, who was also known as the "human computer" along with Sanya Malhotra, Jisshu Sengupta, and Amit Sadh.
The story of the movie revolves around Shakuntla Devi and her daughter Anupama Banerjee (Sanya Malhotra). Shakuntla Devi who lived her life on her own terms faced many troubles and challenges on her way to becoming a human-computer. But when she tries to run her ambitions on her daughter who is similar yet very different from her, it leads to an emotional breakdown between the mother and daughter which will leave the viewers with moist eyes and makes the film interesting to watch. The film, however, is a perfect tribute to the great mathematician.
It is a Vidya Balan movie all the way and there is no surprise at all. She has been a perfect choice to portray the role of Shakuntla Devi and with no surprise, she produced the standout performance. It wasn't easy to play the character which has already its aura, but Vidya Balan breathed life into Shakuntala Devi's character with her award-winning performance. If you have watched Vidya Balan's previous movies, you will find that her nature is the mixture of emotions, and easy-going. That mixture has come into this movie and it did work brilliantly for her. She will leave the viewers with moist eyes when it comes to emotional parts especially towards the end.
Sanya Malhotra as a rebellious daughter (on-screen of course) has done a wonderful and appreciated job. Her love-hate relationship with her mother is something that makes this biopic interesting while their chemistry is relaxing to the eyes which makes you laugh as well as left with teary eyes. It won't be an exaggeration to say that this is by far the best performance of just 5 movies old Sanya Malhotra.
Talking about Amit Sadh who plays the role of Anupama's husband Ajay Abhaya Kumar done a pretty good job while Jisshu Sengupta as Shakuntla's husband also did decently well according to the narrative of the film.
Anu Menon as a director has done a very good job and has been looked very clear about the vision of the film. She handled the emotional parts with maturity despite a lot of drama towards the end of the movie. However, as they say, a movie can not be made with perfection, this happened to this as well. The screenplay which makes a film catchable looked a bit slow. There are some sequences which stretched out that you will feel were not needed.
Despite a few moments here and there, the movie is appalling and will make you watch with your family and friends. It is a well-made biopic with high-quality performances from the cast of the movie. But as a movie buff, I would have loved to experience this film on the big screen and I am sure you all must be thinking the same.
However, it is still a movie that you don't want to miss. So put a straw in cock with popcorn and enjoy this Vidya Balan classic.