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Shakuntala Devi Will Be A Mother-Daughter Conflict Drama

The bio-pic on the ‘human computer’, the mathematics wizard Shakunatala Devi is being presented as a story of a mother-daughter conflict .



 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.

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