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Shakuntala Devi Teaser: Vidya Balan’s uncanny resemblance with the math wizard will leave you impressed

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Shakuntala Devi Teaser: Vidya Balan’s uncanny resemblance with the math wizard will leave you impressed

After a long wait, the teaser of Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi is out and we must say it has already got us intrigued. The film that is based on the life of maths wizard and Human Computer Shakuntala Devi, will see Vidya flaunting a different look for the film. If you look at the poster, Vidya looks the spitting image of the mathematician genius, where she has donned a bright red saree with a bob hair-cut and a bindi.

Sharing the first look of Shakuntala Devi, Vidya Balan tweeted, “She was extraordinary, in every sense of the word! Know the story of the child prodigy & the human computer, #ShakuntalaDevi @sonypicsprodns.”

For the uninitiated, Shakuntala Devi’s genius was first discovered at the age of 5, when she solved a math problem for 18-year-old students. Though she never received any formal education, her talent for numbers also earned her a place in the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Talking about the math genius, 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.”

Anu Menon, known for London, Paris, New York, is helming the biopic and has also co-written the screenplay. She says, “I’ve always been fascinated by Shakuntala Devi and truly felt that hers is an incredible story that had to be told. She was an extraordinary woman, who lived ahead of her time and on her own terms, unapologetically. From Vidya Balan to the rest of the cast and crew, and my producers, I’m so glad that all the elements have come together for us to put our best foot forward. I’m delighted that everyone will finally get to witness it on the big screen.”

According to reports, the film’s shoot starts in London today. It is also reported that Vidya waited for four months after giving her nod to the project to get into the skin of the character and familiarise herself with Devi and her miracle work.

The film is being produced by Sony Pictures Network and Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment. The film is slated to hit theatres in summer 2020.