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Vidya Balan in the role of Shankatla Devi: Film on the role of Shankatla Devi possessing the incredible mental capacity

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A new film about the life of Indian Mathematician Shakuntala Devi refers to as ‘human-computer’ set to release on Amazon Prime on Friday. The Bollywood actress Vidya Balan who has played the role of Shankatla Devi he says that she was a girl from a small town who made a splash all over the world.

Due to Shankatla Devi’s amazing math in mathematics her name included in the Guinness Book of World Records and she gained worldwide fame.

In a scene from the trailer of a new movie called Shakuntala Devi, when people come into the room of Vidya and want to multiply it into big numbers she smiles and said: “Should I start from left to right or right to left?”.

About Shankatla Devi

In real life, Shankatla Devi has so done with an interview in Canada’s Asian TV network. The videos of her interviews viewed more than half a million times. The video was release after her death in 2013. She died at the age of 83. Vidya Balan told me that she had watched the video when she was preparing for her role.

The questioner is the Math student at the Canadian University He said that “It would take three minutes for the calculator to answer the question”. But Shankatla Devi takes just only 3 seconds to answer.

Shankatla Devi

Speaking on the phone from Mumbai Vidya Balan said that “She did not have any formal education but she would able to solve the most difficult math sum in second faster then the fastest computer.

Interviews with Shankatla Devi

In her interviews, she said she had calculated the maths sums in her mind since the age of three. She also said her father who is a circus artist loves her art and he came to know about her. He found about when he used to play cards with her father and beat him every time. Afterward, he realized that it was not because of handwashing but because of his ability to remember the cards.

Whenever Shankatla Devi asked about her extraordinary skills she always replied “It is a sacred gift from God”.

First Public Performance

She was six years old when she gave a first public performance in Mysore, in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka where she was born.

He learned to read and write on his own and spend decades solving math problems which are in her mind in front of the audience in Universities, theater, radios, and TV shows around the world.

Appearing in Shows

In 1950 when she appeared on the TV shows on BBC his response was different from that of the show host. Shankatla Devi says that actually there was a mistake in the question. When the experts look at their question again they find Shankatla’s statement turns out to be correct.

In 1977 Shankatla Devi defeat Univic in Dallas, the USA which is consider to be the fastest supercomputer in the world.

Making her place in Guinness Book of World Record

And to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records. She multiplied two thirteen-digit numbers in front of a thousand people at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. It took them 28 seconds to do so, including the time to read the 26-digit answer.

More detail about Shankatla Devi

Vidya Balan says besides an expert in mathematics, Shakuntala Devi was also an expert in astrology. She also wrote books on astrology, cooking, mathematics, and crime. She wrote a book against the rationalization of homosexuality in the 1970s. When it was a big deal not only for India but for most countries and societies in the world.

“There were many facets to his personality. She lived her life on her own terms, she was absolutely fearless. And that’s fifty years old, not today.

“She says when the film’s director Anu Menon meet her two years ago.” I hear about the up and down of Shakuntala Devi’s life, so I said, ‘Oh, the story is about making a film.’

Vidya Balan preprations

Vidya Balan prepared herself for the film by watching many videos, reading articles on Shakuntala Devi, and listening to Anupama Banerjee. Anupama Banerjee is the only daughter of Shakuntala Devi, and she lives in London with her family.

It simply came to our notice then. What I found very interesting was that often we don’t think of someone with mathematics who is playful, fun, but Shakuntala Devi challenges that idea.


“She used to play with numbers. When she was solving a math problem, she had a happy look on her face. And they loved to perform. That was very unusual for a mathematician, because mathematics is often consider boring and cumbersome

Arthur R. Jensen (Researcher)

Arthur R. Jensen, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, used the words “alert, lively, cheerful and cheerful” in a 1990 study.


However, filmmaker and former MP Pritish Nandy says that despite his cheerfulness and cheerfulness, there was “enough” in his life. “The reason was his personal life, but the biggest thing was that he had the skills but not the means to earn a living,” he told the BBC.

Further Interview Shankatla Devi


In her interviews, Shakuntala Devi talks about how she was given the responsibility of running the house after discovering her skills, and then when she grew up, she married a man who was actually gay. ۔

Pritish Nandy says that Shakuntala Devi used to meet him whenever she came to Mumbai. “They never understood what was behind their skills. I always told her, “Can’t you just peek inside and find out how you do it?” And she would always say, “It just happens naturally.”

“She didn’t know the reason for her skill, but the tragedy is that no one else tried,” he says.
Nandi says she was always worried about her livelihood. “It’s not enough to be a genius,” he says. She always said that she did not get many shows. But by then, his craft was seen as a miracle rather than an art.


“They didn’t know what to do. People had forgotten the magic of numbers. His self-confidence was also somewhat reduced. She was turning to astrology, and trying to feed herself. He tried to do hundreds of things, even running in the parliamentary elections, but to no avail.

“It’s not that there are no flaws in Genius,” says Vidya Balan about the film. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. There are ups and downs in everyone’s life. It is the reflection of all this that makes this film unique. Vidya Balan hopes that the film will entertain people at a time when the global epidemic is forcing people to stay at home.

“I also hope that it will change the way we teach mathematics to our children, reduce their fear of children, and make them attracted to it.”

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