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Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi is Not Homage to Mathematician But Another Mother-daughter Tale

In one of the scenes of the film Shakuntala Devi, Sanya Malhotra’s character, Anu, screams at her mother, Shakuntala Devi (Vidya Balan), resentfully. There are many moments in this film when you wish that the director, Anu Menon, had followed Shakuntala Devi’s belief, and tried to tell the ‘amazing’ story of an Indian woman mathematician, who was a child prodigy, was named a ‘human computer’, had an exceptional knack for astrology, wrote cookbooks, supported LGBTQ rights openly in an era when the gay rights movement was in a nascent stage in India, and fought election against Indhira Gandhi.

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