Actor Vidya Balan is all set to start the shooting of her next, the Shakuntala Devi in London. The makers have released the first look of the actor as the maths genius showing her in a short haircut.
Vidya can be seen striking a pose in a red sari with short hair and a bindi. Shakuntala Devi is referred as a ‘human computer’ and was known for her sense of humour.
Vidya had earlier told PTI about the film, “I am extremely excited to play the ‘human computer’ Shakuntala Devi on the big screen. She was truly someone who embraced her individuality, had a strong feminist voice and braved many a naysayer to reach the pinnacle of success. But what truly fascinates me is that you wouldn’t normally associate a fun person with math…and she completely turns that perception on its head.” Vidya said the team is proud to bring to life the story of “one of the most inspiring women of this country.”
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“How incredible that The Math Genius, The Human Computer, was a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm,” she added.
Director Anu Menen told Mid-Day in an interview, “I have always been fascinated by Shakuntala Devi and felt that hers is an incredible story that had to be told. She was an extraordinary woman, who lived ahead of her times and on her own terms, unapologetically.”
Vidya’s multi-starrer Mission Mangal is still performing well at the box office. The film starred Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen. The film has become the highest Independence Day grosser ever with collections of over Rs 200 crore. It tells the story of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission which was achieved by a team of women scientists.
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