INDIA. Amazon Prime Video has released the trailer for Shakuntala Devi, the much-awaited biographical drama based on the life of the world-renowned math genius starring Vidya Balan in the titular role. Shakuntala Devi was famously referred to as the “human computer” for her ability to do incredibly fast calculations. Directed by Anu Menon and produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra (Abundantia Entertainment), the biopic also stars Jisshu Sengupta, Amit Sadh, and Sanya Malhotra, who plays the role of Shakuntala Devi’s daughter with whom the genius enjoyed a complicated relationship.
“Stepping into the world of Shakuntala Devi was as intimidating as it was exhilarating” revealed Balan. ”Her story is inspirational and makes you see how if we believe in ourselves, the world is our oyster. A direct release on Prime Video will bring Shakuntala Devi one step closer to audiences across the globe where they can watch the movie at their convenience,” added Balan.
“I’ve always been fascinated by Shakuntala Devi and felt hers is an incredible story that resonates with today’s world,” opined Menon. “While most of us will be familiar with her natural ability for math, the film also explores the lesser-known personal story of Shakuntala Devi – a brilliant but vulnerable woman and mother who lived life ahead of her times and on her own terms. I am certain the global audiences will enjoy the film as much as we enjoyed creating it for them,” added Menon.
“Following the success of our Amazon Original Series – Breathe, we are excited to bring Prime Video viewers the extraordinary and inspiring story of Shakuntala Devi,” rejoiced Vikram Malhotra, Producer and CEO – Abundantia Entertainment Pvt Ltd. “This is a story of triumph against all odds, of family, of relationships and above all the story of an Indian woman who held her own against the world. I am confident that this incredible story has the power to cut across geographic boundaries when it reaches audiences across 200 countries and territories,” added Malhotra.
Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures Films India asserted, “At Sony Pictures we believe in telling stories that inspire and entertain people. Shakuntala Devi is one such film that echoes our values and will resonate with audiences across the world. We are happy that millions of subscribers of Amazon Prime Video will be able to witness the glory of this super genius on 31st July.”
Watch the trailer here