Shakuntala Devi Movie Review

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  • Review for the film: "Shakuntala Devi"
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 07 Minutes
  • Certificate: U
  • Released: 08-05-2020
  • Genre: Biography, Comedy
4 / 5.0

Shakuntala Devi is a biographical movie based on the life incidents of Shakuntala Devi, the world-famous mathematician. She is referred to as the Human-Computer, who could calculate faster than a computer. The film directed by Anu Menon is produced by Sony Pictures Network India and Vikram Malhotra. Vidya Balan plays the titular role. Jisshu Sengupta, Sanya Malhotra, Prakash Belawadi, Spandan Chaturvedi, Araina Nand, Chahat Tewani. Sheeba Chaddha, Ipshita Chakraborty, Renuka Sharma, Jiya Shah, Luca Calvani and Neil Bhoopalam are in the main cast. Sachin – Jigar composed the songs and Karan Kulkarni scored the music. Keiko Nakahara cranked the camera and Antara Lahiri edited the film. The film got released on Amazon Prime on 31st July 2020.


Shakuntala is a brainy kid right from her birth. When her talent for mathematical calculations is revealed, her father started doing shows with her and making money. Shakuntala developed her language not in schools but by communicating with people. She did a lot of mathematical magic shows in India and abroad and earned name and fame. Shakuntala got married to Paritosh Banerji, who understood her and her passion and let her free to continue her career. He cared for their daughter as a single parent when Shakuntala was away. But, Shakuntala missed her daughter badly and decided to take her with her, wherever she goes. This doesn’t go well with Paritosh and the fight leads to a divorce. Shakuntala cared for her daughter and developed her knowledge, with her excellent teaching skills. But, there comes a day, when her daughter files a case against her. What happened between them? Why did she file a lawsuit? Watch the film to know the rest.

Star Performance

Vidya Balan is a wonderful actress and she had always stepped into the shoes of the characters, which she undertakes. The same goes for Shakuntala Devi. Vidya has excelled in her role and her expressions and body language are fantastic. Her dialogue delivery is terrific too. Jisshu and Sanya had done their part sensitively.


Anu Menon made the script and screenplay well to impress the audience. Shakuntala Devi breaks all the biopic templates and stands unique. Besides showcasing the talents of Shakuntala Devi, the director had showcased her weak points, her affection towards her daughter, her impression on her parents and bonding with her sister, etc. The stars are handpicked and everyone had done the job well. Tiny expressions have the power to pull the audience and this has worked out well in this film. Right from Araina Nand, the young Shakuntala to Vidya Balan and Sanya, all the actors had some unique expressions and sounds that attract the audience. The production and technical values are good. The dialogues are fantastic too.

What’s There?

  • Vidya did her job excellently well
  • The dialogues and screenplay are fantastic
  • All the artists are perfect and they matched the roles well

What’s Not There?

  • Except for a minor mistake, nothing could be found wrong


Vidya reflected Shakuntala Devi, well! Watch the film without any expectations and you will definitely fall in love with her!