Produced by Sony Pictures Networks
Directed by Anu Menon
Cast-Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Jissu Sengupta, Amit Sadh, Luca Calvani etc.
Release on Amazon Prime Video
Rating - ***
Taking up the subject that deals with the life and times of a contemporary human being who was amidst us all less than a decade earlier and being able to do justice to the task of translating on a wider canvas is no mean task and Anu Menon who has made this movie has come up with near about fulfilling outcome!
Vidya Balan who appears in the title role depicting Shakuntala Devi, the mathematical wizard of our country whom we can all be proud of has virtually carried the film on her shoulders! What a transformation she has subjected herself to while enacting Shakuntala Devi who was an embodiment of woman-wood from a totally different perspective! Hats off to her for performance tailored to perfection!
Of course, film is a medium where the maker is permitted to be liberal while sketching the screenplay of a project that deliberates on the life of a real-life personality by resorting to some fictional drama to add pep to the proceedings and it would only be fair to say that she has gone about her work within permissible limits.
Possibly, more light could have been thrown on deciphering the mathematical genius of the protagonist as the film only touches only the tip of the iceberg, that too, to arouse applause from the audience on occasions she goes on stage to parade her skill!
Moreover, more focus has been laid upon the personal life of the protagonist whose calculations with men mostly went wrong unlike her calculations in mathematics that never went wrong!
The film starts with Shakuntala, the little girl helping a male adult from her family solve mathematical problem and not before long, her genius get not only noticed but acknowledged & appreciated well!
She grows up as a mathematical stalwart; so does her hatred for her mother who dare not open her mouth before her father! Not only does she hone her skills as time unfolds but also determinedly decides to never be like the woman that her mother was!
You will realise my folly when you become a mother, her mother had said earlier!
Years hurry past and she faces a similar situation from her daughter, Anu (Sanya Malhotra) who decides to draw her mom to a legal battle!
Things get sorted out as expected on a pleasant note, purely, in cinematic style!
Due credits to others in the cast too but Sanya Malhotra playing Vidya Balan’s daughter is certainly no match for Vidya in strides and hence stumbles time & again!
The story of a real life person very close by, translated on the screen as a reel life person in a reasonably effective manner.