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Shakuntala Devi Movie Review: Entertainment has full dose in ‘Shakuntala Devi’ with good acting by Vidya Balan

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Entertainment has full dose in ‘Shakuntala Devi’ with good acting by Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan starrer biographical drama ‘Shakuntala Devi’ has been released. If you too are planning to watch a film this weekend, then read the review here first…know how the film is. 

Movie: Shakuntala Devi 

Shakuntala Devi Director: Anu Menon 

Shakuntala Devi Cast: Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, Jisshu Sengupta 

Shakuntala Movie Stars: 3.5/5 

Produced By: Sony Pictures Networks Productions 

Even if the whole world considers itself genius in its mind, but as much as it is as difficult for normal people to make a place among people, it is difficult for genius to become common. Vidya Balan’s Film ‘Shakuntala Devi’ premiered today on Amazon Prime Video, tries to say the least.

Bangalore-born Shakuntala Devi was famous not only in the country but also in the name of human computers all over the world. She recorded many such names which would be difficult for anyone to break.


But now about 7 years after his death, a film based on her life has been made ‘Shakuntala Devi’, in which Vidya Balan is seen in the lead role.

          
Written by: Ronit Raj | Jaipur

 

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Shakuntala Devi is a biographical drama and has tried to put many untouched aspects related to the life of Shakuntala Devi in front of the audience. Though Shakuntala never really preferred to be compared to a computer, people’s limited imagination had nothing else to compare her arithmetic skills. 



But how did a Bhramin girl born in Karnataka with absolutely no formal education turn out to be a maths genius? The film also explores how her calculations are not entirely perfect when it comes to her life – but in the end, Shakuntala never loses. The film is directed by Anu Menon. At the same time, speaking of star cast, its stars Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, and Jishu Sengupta with Vidya Balan in the lead roles.

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The story of the film begins in a small village in Bangalore, where Shakuntala Devi is born. From the age of about 5 years, people begin to learn about this special talent of Shakuntala. Shakuntala Devi’s family is very poor, so her father makes her talent a source of employment. Shakuntala, who is very young now, get the show done continuously and the same money is used to run household expenses. 


But right now, when Shakuntala is slowly building her identity, a tragic incident happens with her. Her elder sister succumbs to the lack of money and treatment. This thing hurts a little Shakuntala and she starts her father.

          
Written by: Ronit Raj | Jaipur

Gradually, Shakuntala Devi grows up and goes on to make a new place for herself. Shakuntala Devi, who reached the threshold of youth, falls in love. But regrettable their love betrays them. This is an event that takes a new turn by changing the life of Shakuntala Devi. After this, Shakuntala Devi reaches London and meets her new wings there.

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In the film, the question on math has been raised more than the genius Shakuntala Devi’s math, why the genius people are not considered normal. Shakuntala Devi, who, after reaching London, earns a name worldwide finds a mistake in the computer’s calculation that the entry in life is of Paritosh, who is an IAS officer. Shakuntala falls in love with him and then comes into her life with her daughter Anu (Sanya Malhotra). Shakuntala and Paritosh separate and Anu starts living with her mother.



Much melodrama is shown in the film. In the end, the filmmakers are seen trying to establish Shankuntala Devi by showing real-life pictures. Also, a lot has been talked about the rights of women’s rights in the film.

          

Written by: Ronit Raj | Jaipur

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It is difficult for any director to get such a big personality in 2 hours and 10 minutes of the film. But still, the film tries to cover most of the important aspects of her life. This effort of the filmmaker takes it into the fast forward mode. Many times, while watching the film, you will feel how quickly the second and third events are changing after the other.

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Shakuntala Devi’s love for Math and her insistence on keeping her daughter with her always makes her an evil mother in the eyes of Anu and she too gradually starts hating Shakuntala Devi. In the midst of all this, Anu meets Ajay Abhay Kumar, the two marry and live together. But all this is not so easy in this too, the audience will see a lot of ups and downs. 

          
Written by: Ronit Raj | Jaipur

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Shakuntala Devi is a treat to watch during the lockdown with your family members. It’s a great tribute to Shakuntala Devi for her awe-striking abilities to perform complex mathematical calculations quickly. 

Vidya Balan also shared the poster of the film and wrote, “Only 12 x 3 x 10 minutes to go for the trailer! Meet #ShakuntalaDevionprime July 31, on @primevideoin. “She shared another picture with a mathematical equation and wrote, “Solve for ‘c’… if you do… you c see the SURPRISE! Get a chance to see the trailer before the world. Meet #ShakuntalaDevionprime July 31, on @primevideoin.


          
Written by: Ronit Raj | Jaipur

Why Watch/ and Why not watch the film 

  • The film based on the life of a great person like Shakuntala Devi should not be missed at all. She was a person whose chance of watching life closely should not be lost at all.
  • Shakuntala Devi is a light-hearted funny film. In the film, you will get all the qualities found in a Hindi feature film. The film also makes you laugh, makes you cry, as well as gives a view of seeing life in a different way.
  • Vidya Balan has made a tremendous comeback onscreen. She is see fully colored in the character of Shakuntala Devi. Then, whether it is about her makeup or her gai, Vidya Balan has done a fantastic job on all parameters.
  • The film is a biopic and there is an attempt to make such films often melodramatic in Bollywood. In order to maintain the interest of the audience until the end of the biographical film, many changes are made in the name of Creative Liberty.
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Kartik Aryan will be seen in Sajid Nadiadwala and Sameer Vidwans’ romantic-comedy film, the actor has charged Rs 15 crore as fees

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Actor Kartik Aryan is shooting for his upcoming film ‘Freddy‘ these days. Apart from ‘Freddy’, Kartik Aaryan will also be seen in ‘Dhamaka’, Shahzada, Captain India, and the upcoming untitled film of Sajid Nadiadwala-Sameer Vanshmal. Now recently big information has come out about Kartik that he has charged a 15 crores fee for the romantic-comedy film of Sajid Nadiadwala and Sameer Vidwans.

Kartik had earlier demanded a fee of Rs 18 crore.

According to sources, Kartik Aaryan has been cast for the upcoming untitled film of director Sameer Vidwans. Apart from Kartik, Kiara Advani is also going to be seen in the lead role in the film. Kartik Aryan has charged Rs 15 crore for this film. The source added, “It is a simple love story, which needs to be made on a fixed budget. Sajid and his team were clear to bring in the best technicians in the film with ample emphasis on the music. Kartik first approached the makers. In front, a fee of Rs 18 crore was demanded the film. However, at the request of the makers, Kartik has agreed to do the film at a fee of Rs 15 crore.” Kartik can start shooting for this film by the end of this year.

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Kartik has charged fees less than his current market value

The source further added, “Sajid Nadiadwala is one of the most successful producers in Bollywood and Kartik wants to be associated with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment for a long time. If, in the untitled rom-com, everything between Kartik and the producer If all goes well, many more collaborations are expected between the two. The fee Kartik has charged for this film is less than his current market value. But, Karthik understands the budget of the film very well. That’s why they agreed to reduce their fees for the benefit of the film.” Let us inform you that, Kartik has charged Rs 21 crore for Ronnie Screwvala and Ram Madhvani’s ‘Dhamaka’, which is going to be released soon on the OTT platform Netflix.

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Money laundering case: Jacqueline Fernandez did not appear in ED’s inquiry, there is a case of fraud of Rs 200 crore

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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez on Saturday skipped questioning after being summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar. It is not clear whether he had requested to postpone his inquiry. The ED is probing in the case whether there was any financial transaction between Sukesh and Jacqueline. This was the second time the actress was called for questioning by the central probe agency in the Rs 200 crore fraud case. Last month, he was questioned for five hours in this case.

Jacqueline is a witness in the Sukesh case

Sukesh Chandrashekhar Jacqueline is being questioned in connection with an alleged multi-crore extortion racket, who is also accused of a bribery case involving the Election Commission. “He is not an accused but is being questioned as a witness in the case against thug Sukesh Chandrashekhar,” ED sources told the media. It is believed that the actress came on his radar through Sukesh’s wife Leena Paul.

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The case is based on an FIR registered against Sukesh and others in the Economic Offenses Wing of Delhi Police for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, and extortion of around Rs 200 crore.
The ED, in its statement after the raid, had said, “Sukesh Chandrashekhar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been a part of the crime world since the age of 17. There are many cases registered against him and presently he is lodged in Rohini Jail. “
The ED had seized Sukesh’s sea-facing bungalow in Chennai on August 24. 82.5 lakh in cash and more than a dozen luxury cars were seized from his bungalow.

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Actress Genelia D’Souza Deshmukh is away from the screen today due to family busyness. But even today he has millions of fans. Genelia is also known for her lifestyle. The latest news is that she wants to return to the screen once again. He has spoken to Dainik Bhaskar on his fitness, return to Bollywood. Here are the key excerpts from the conversation with Genelia –

How much do you take care of fitness by staying away from the limelight?

Earlier, she did not pay any attention to fitness, but Corona has explained the importance of fitness. I started going to the gym only during Corona. Ritesh and I complement each other. Ritesh is more inclined towards fitness than me. I pay more attention to diet and lifestyle. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle are very important in life and we ignore them the most. We do not think that our health should also be taken care of. If we eat protein, then immunity will increase automatically, but this does not happen. Because I was a non-vegetarian earlier and now I don’t even eat eggs. Now I feel that I am healthier than before. The right information is very important for the right fitness. Eat homemade food, it is best for immunity.

How much time are you able to devote to exercise due to family busyness?

Before Corona, she did not even go to the gym, because it was not good to go to the gym. I feel that after becoming a mother, all my time was devoted to the children. Then I forget to take care of myself, but after knowing the importance of health, I give one hour a day for exercise and a mental break for my own health. I think fitness increases your immunity three times more.

Even today, there are millions of fans of your beauty and acting, then why are you craving them by staying away from the screen?

Actually, my kids were very young then. Now he has grown enough to take care of himself. I enjoy the phase in which I live. When I was an actor, I used to love acting. I enjoy being in front of the camera. I don’t like being in the limelight of award shows as much as working in front of the camera. I remember when I was an actor, I worked continuously for 12 years. Didn’t take a day off. But when I got married, I realized that I need a break because it is a new phase. I wanted to be close to the kids at home. When I had children, I felt it was necessary to give them time. I have done a lot of films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc., but haven’t done a single Marathi film till now, it is on my bucket list. I have started listening to the story. I should be back on screen, but there has to be the right script for that. Right now it is not that I have to do three-four films every year. Now I will do a film, then I will do it with all my heart and that will be very important for me.

What are the preparations for the return? For how long will you be able to see you on screen?

I think I will start shooting by the end of this year. However, the shooting of my ed is on. I’ve started a little bit in the baby product and ad worlds. Everything is visible now. Have done a lot of edits this year. I have just come to a campaign of Wix. I think if all goes well, I will start shooting for the film by the end of next year.

Well, most actresses sideline their careers for their families, it’s a big deal, but how much do you agree with that?

I think every phase is important. It’s not that I don’t want to act. I have to work, but can’t give my full attention to it at a time, then there is no point in doing that. My best role I think is Being Mom. Enjoyed this role the most. Not only children, you also learn a lot from children. I pay a lot of attention to my diet and fitness because of my kids. Because if I have to tell and teach my children, then I must come first. I don’t see it as a sacrifice because when I have to come back, I can do it. Roles are also enough nowadays. Not everyone acts like a college girl. There is also the role of mother here and it is also very important. Now cinema has also changed. It belongs to commoner and middle-class families. Films are being made in this way, it is very exciting for me because the role of a college girl has been done a lot and that too in many languages. I am finding this new cinema, for which I am interested.

You are also known for your style, how do you stay updated?

Actually, my style is very simple. I wear what I feel comfortable in. I am a girl who likes to wear shoes etc. Now I also like to wear eyeglasses with a saree. My style goes more towards comfort.

How thoroughly do you promote a product?

First of all, I pay a lot of attention to health. I have a rule of 80% and 20%. That means 80% must be healthy. I am promoting Vicks VapoRub inhalation, then know about its merits. I posted nutrition because it got confused that people used to say that this is right and that is wrong. But, posted the nutrition itself, because non-vegetarian had become vegetarian and it became vegan. During this, I came to know that knowledge should be there. Today I know that even a single banana contains one gram of protein, whereas earlier it seemed that bananas would not contain hundreds of percent protein. At the moment, I do not go much towards diet. I think lifestyle should be followed. My children eat normal roti, khichdi. Saturday-Sunday we take a break. We eat whatever we want, but we make it at home. I think you can make everything. Just, all the ingredients should be right, thinking should be equal, my investment is in my food only.

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