The bio-pic on the ‘human computer’, the mathematics wizard Shakunatala Devi is being presented as a story of a mother-daughter conflict .
A source in the know reveals, “The producers decided to not simply make a bio-pic on Shakuntala Devi’s mathematical genius. It would have been too boring to simply focus on her work.They wanted to make a film like Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures where the personal lives of the ladies cuts sharply into their professional.”
Sania Malhotra who is cast as Shakuntala Devi’s daughter, has a role as pivotal as Vidya Balan. Apparently the mother-daughter conflict will provide a dramatic relatable core to the film.
Says a source, “Rather than make it a one-woman show like the Jayalalitha bio-pic featuring Kangana Ranaut, the producers and director of Shakuntala Devi have given equal prominence to her home life, her daughter played by Sania, her son-in-law played by Amit Sadh and her husband Jisshu Sengupta.”
Apparently the decision to enhance the scope of the biography came after seeing the poor response to single-character biopics like Thackeray ,and Manto and the far better public response to bio-pics with a multiplicity of characters like Mission Mangal, Padman . Even Kabir Khan’s ’83 will be a Kapil Dev bio-pic but with other cricketers getting a perceptive position in the plot.