Vidya Balan will make a special appearance on this week’s Cricket Connected episodes alongside former Team India stars Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan as the experts on the English and Hindi shows. Balan, a Padma Shree awardee and National Film award-winning actor, will be promoting her upcoming flick Shakuntala Devi, a biographical drama that touches upon the various events in the life of Shakuntala Devi, whose ability to solve complex mathematical problems swiftly, made her famous as the “human computer”.
Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show Cricket Connected before the premier of Shakuntala Devi, National Film award winner Vidya Balan can’t wait to see her favourite Team India stars back on the field, “It’s unfortunate to see how the world has been impacted due to the ongoing pandemic and we all can get through this together. Sports have always been a symbol of unity. Being an ardent Team India fan, I’ve really missed seeing our stars on the field, but thanks to Cricket Connected, I’ve managed to get my dose of what’s happening in the world of cricket. It’s inspiring to see how our cricketing superstars like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma keep themselves motivated and fit. I’ve always loved watching cricket matches and living in Mumbai, the default setting is always to support Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Some of our cricketers score runs as fast as Shakuntala Devi does her calculations. Hopefully, we will be able to bring back cricket which I believe, can instill a sense of hope and happiness into our lives. I’m really looking forward and thrilled to be part of the next episode of Cricket Connected.”
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As Vidya Balan gears up to don the hat of math whiz Shakuntala Devi to teach the world the universal language of mathematics, it’s time for cinephiles to rejoice the return of movies. In an announcement, OTT giant Amazon Prime Video today confirmed that the much-awaited biopic based on the life of mathematician Shakuntala Devi will exclusively premiere for Prime members across 200 countries and territories this June.
Headlined by the National Award winning actress Vidya Balan, as the widely revered as the human computer; the film also stars Sanya Malhotra, who will be seen playing the role of Shakuntala’s daughter Anupama. The movie also stars Amit Sadh and Jisshu Sengupta in pivotal roles. Helmed and written by Anu Menon, the film has been produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra. The screenplay is penned by Menon along with Nayanika Mahtani, while the dialogues are penned by Ishita Moitra.
In a statement, Menon said, “Shakuntala Devi’s passion for maths and her determination to spread its joy to the world was unparalleled. She lived ahead of her times and on her own terms – and as we all strive to change the narrative of the female protagonist on screen, her story is one that calls out to be told! And there’s no one better than Vidya Balan to capture Shakuntala’s wit and wisdom! I’m so excited that the film will have its world premier on Amazon Prime Video and everyone will get to experience Shakuntala’s incredible journey and Vidya’s magical portrayal of her soon!”
Sanya Malhotra shares her on- screen avatar of Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama Banerji in Vidya Balan –fronted film on Math Genius.
“I hardly straighten my hair,” says Sanya Malhotra, whose latest role requires her to sit in the make-up room as her hairdresser turns her lustrous curls, poker – straight. The actor is currently shooting for the Shakuntala Devi biopic, Directed by Anu Menon, in London. If Vidya Balan plays the math genius, Malhotra slips into the role of Anupama Banerji, Devi’s daughter.
She reveals that she has thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating her look, modeled on Banerji. “I believe hair, makeup and costume play an important part in an actor’s attempt to portray their roles. Playing real- life characters start with acing the look. Even for Dangal (2016), I had to cut my hair short to look like Babita (Phogat).” The actor met Banerji in the Queen’s city before the film went on floors. “We discussed the relationship she shared with her mother. I also did some reading with Anu and Vidya before the first schedule.”
Shakuntala Devi’s genius was discovered when she, at the age of five, reportedly solved a mathematical problem designed for 18- year-old students.