Shakuntala Devi
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Director: Anu Menon

Writers: Nayanika Mahtani, Anu Menon 

Stars: Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Barnaby

The mathematically gifted Shakuntala Devi was not just ahead of the computers of those times, she was ahead of times even in her outlook towards life.

Add to that her bold views on women’s independence and career pursuit, her acceptance of homosexuality and she would be considered progressive and liberal, perhaps even today!

The ‘Human Computer’, Shakuntala Devi. Photo Courtesy: Twitter
The ‘Human Computer’, Shakuntala Devi. Photo Courtesy: Twitter
But are we to believe that this is truly what happened in the life of Shakuntala Devi, given that the story was threshed out with the aid of her real-life daughter Anupama Banerji?

The disclaimer flashed right at the beginning, saying, ‘this film is inspired by true events but does not claim to be a documentary/biography of any character depicted in the film’, puts paid to that. Wish it hadn’t.

Bestowed the title ‘Human Computer’, Shakuntala Devi was given a place in the Guinness World Records as the fastest human to compute two randomly selected 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds, 40 years ago!

The colourful life of this Guinness world record-breaking mathematician has so much that could inspire even today’s generation; and not just the women. It is rather sad that it ended up caricaturing the mathematician and looking at her just from the lens of her daughter.

How did the extraordinary woman who lived life on her own terms suddenly cow down to a daughter who seems in turns embarrassed and jealous of her mother? Is the daughter narrating the story of how she broke the indomitable spirit of her mother, so much so that even her confidence in math is shaken?

The movie jumps from the past to the present exploring just two broad aspects – Shakuntala going against her family, stepping out, and doing everything that her mother wouldn’t have wanted her to. Followed by Shakuntala going against her own self, shutting herself in and doing everything her daughter wants her to.

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