Shakuntala Devi (Amazon Prime)
31/Jul/2020 Biography, Drama

Shakuntala Devi

Critics Review


Vidya Balan delivers big in this predominantly engaging film on the legendary mathematician!

Some of the mention worthy scenes would include the first time that Shakuntala got the title of "The Human Computer" by beating an actual computer device while solving a sum. Other scenes that impress are the conversations between Shakuntala and her daughter, the flashback portions that track Shakuntala's rise from childhood and some scenes that reveal the drawbacks of her personal life in the last quarter. A few scenes could have had less glorification and a slightly better paced, rise of the legend. Some of the scenes seem too convenient and require a little more realism. The struggle does seem real in some places but not at all points. Sans some of the compromises to squeeze it all within the 2 hour film, this could have been a more genre specific attempt.(more)

Source: Akash, MovieCrow


Loud, mawkish and joyful

The Vidya Balan-starrer opts for a visual tone that matches the high octane personality of the late mathematician, but becomes an over-the-top cliche (more)

Source: Kennith Rozario, The Hindu


A Vidya Balan show

Vidya Balan owns the material that she is given, course-correcting every time she tends to slip into being mannered. The supporting cast is fine. (more)

Source: Subhra Gupta, Indian Express


Vidya Balan looks the part in a problematic but significant bio

Shakuntala Devi the film, however, relies on detailed conversations Menon had with the subject's daughter. As with most Hindi films drawn from real life these days, the opening disclaimer states that it is "inspired by true events but does not claim to be a documentary/biography on any character depicted", with later text on screen adding that it is "based on a true story as seen through the eyes of a daughter(more)

Source: Anna MM Vetticad,


The Numbers Add Up Nicely With A Feisty Vidya Balan

A warm, whippy dramatization of the life of an extraordinary woman whose head for numbers is the stuff of legend, Shakuntala Devi is consistently entertaining and emotionally engaging, a triumph for both director Anu Menon and lead actress Vidya Balan. (more)

Source: Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV Movies


Soak yourself in the fascinating life and times of Shakuntala Devi!

Shakuntala Devi is a joy to watch simply to soak in the fascinating life and times of the maths whiz - a human computer faster than an actual computer, the free-spirit, who was all that and so much more! Vidya Kasam, don't give this one a miss.(more)

Source: Sreeparna Sengupta, Times Of India