SHAKUNTALA DEVI is not a biopic, the makers Abundantia Entertainment and Sony Pictures claim. The film is written and directed by Anu Menon.
SHAKUNTALA DEVI is a name most in the country remember for her rendezvous with numbers, but there is very little that is known of her. This film tries to unmask the human computer with so called “inspired by true events”. The movie is interesting in parts especially when she is quirky and devouring number, but then it gets a bit flat footed at other times. A domineering character in a script is a one way road and the journey can get a bit monotonous. Her controversial encounters are unfortunately touched upon only for split seconds.
Vidya Balan revels in such roles and in SD it is no different. She is effortless and intimidating. Sengupta delivers a fine performance. Malhotra and Sadh are quite OK too.
Keiko Nakahara’s cinematography is neat. Sachin Jigar’s songs are okayish. Antara Lahiri’s editing is average. Dialogues are decent. Direction works.
SHAKUNTALA DEVI could well have been a character of the 2020’s, strong, bold, non fussy, focussed, determined and outrageously honest and that is what makes the movie exciting while you appreciate every step of this indominatable person. A progressive character, a dream to be in the early 50’s, a true inspiration for one and all, despite the controversies, which made her even more special.
SHAKUNTALA DEVI – SHARKY !!!