Vidya Balan is set to play the lead role of Shakuntala Devi in the Abundantia Entertainment’s biopic.
Shakuntala Devi, the mathematical wizard, or ‘human computer’ a moniker she earned, was known for her ability to make incredibly swift calculations.
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.
The film will be helmed by Anu Menon, director of London, Paris, New York and the much-talked-about Amazon Prime Original, Four More Shots Please!
Abundantia, the producer of genre-breaking content like Airlift, Baby, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha and the Original Series Breathe, is currently developing the film for the big screen.
Anu Menon has also written the story along with Nayanika Mahtani and the dialogue will be penned by Ishita Moitra.
Vidya Balan seems to be thrilled to be stepping into the shoes of the genius lady.
She says: “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.
I am thrilled that Vikram Malhotra, who I’ve worked with on Kahaani, and his team are producing the film.
Vikram, Anu and I are proud to bring to life the story of one of the most inspiring women of this country.”
Scheduled to go on floors later this year, the film is slated to be a summer 2020 release.