Here's what inspired Anu Menon to make a biopic on Shakuntala Devi

Published: Jul 29, 2020, 15:32 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Anu Menon said, "One day, I heard my then 9-year-old daughter say that girls like English and boys like Maths. That really stung and I realised that we really need to fix this."

Director Anu Menon with Amit Sadh. Picture/PR
Director Anu Menon with Amit Sadh. Picture/PR

When director Anu Menon was asked what inspired her to make a biopic on math genius and 'human computer' Shakuntala Devi, she said that it was daughter who inspired her. She shared, "One day, I heard my then 9-year-old daughter say that girls like English and boys like Maths. That really stung and I realised that we really need to fix this."

She added, "That was the starting point, following which I began doing some research around Shakuntala Devi and eventually connected with her daughter Anupama in London with my co-writer Nayanika. So this is certainly a story that is equal measures personal and important to me. I do hope little girls across the world see the movie and feel differently about maths."

The much-awaited Shakuntala Devi releases on Amazon Prime Video on July 31, 2020, across 200 countries and territories. Starring Vidya Balan in the lead, the film is a biographical drama on the life of Shakuntala Devi, a writer and mathematician who was popularly known as the 'human computer'.

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