Updated: May 8, 2021
Every time I hear this name, the only thing that would pop up in my mind was “The Human-Computer”. But after the release of this movie, I would say, there surely are other ways to describe this woman. Read on...
Vidya Balan has portrayed the character of Shakuntala Devi and, Vidya is bloody awesome. “Getting into the skin,” I think, was coined because someone met an actor like her. She can hold a movie even if everything goes wrong. Shakuntala Devi’s script isn’t very strong to start with. But choosing Vidya to play this character was a very wise decision. She embodies Ms. Devi’s character with the utmost ease.
The character being naive yet strong at the beginning. Then a woman who is becoming a bit boisterous still somewhat charming when stepping on the ladder of success. Unapologetic of her choices, be it choosing her career over being a mother or being a selfish mother who wants a successful career and her daughter by her side even when she knows her daughter isn’t ok. And then, playing the old age character where she isn’t that strong anymore. Vidya Balan does it with ease but that’s the point. To make a hit movie, everything needs to be strong. This movie would have been another level if the script was a bit stronger.
As Shakuntala’s father, Prakash Belawadi has done a decent job even when his role was very small. Paritosh (Husband) played by Jishu Sengupta was someone whom we can relate to when you love a person, but you can’t really live with them. Everyone does do through this emotion at some point in time. Sanya Malhotra as Anupama Banerjee who is the daughter of Shakuntala and Amit Sadh, who plays her husband, tries to bring out their best in whatever screen time they get.
As you watch, it does feel the movie is one-sided, made totally by Anupama’s point of view. I would have loved to see Ms. Devi’s point of view too. Nonetheless, overall, it’s a good watch since there are loads of moments where you genuinely smile.
Do give it a watch.