Shakuntala Devi is based on the life of the genius mathematician of the same name. She finally gets a mainstream movie as Vidya Balan stars as Shakuntala Devi on Prime Video. Apart from Balan, Shakuntala Devi on Prime also stars Sanya Malhotra, Jisshu Sengupta among others. Critics in India have now streamed Shakuntala Devi on Prime Video and here is a quick review roundup to help you make the streaming decision.
Shakuntala Devi review: A Vidya Balan show
Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express says, "Balan owns the material that she is given, course-correcting every time she tends to slip into being mannered. The supporting cast is fine. Sengupta works well with Balan, and Malhotra and Sadh, as the modern couple, feel right. The film, which stays determinedly cheerful even in the grey hues of London, slides into flatness here and there."
Shakuntala Devi movie review: Vidya Balan film shows us a lot but says little
Jyoti Sharma Bawa from Hindustan Times writes, "In the film’s defence, it is not a hagiography. Shakuntala is not perfect. She has her imperfections like the rest of us. The film seems in a hurry to get from point A to point B, like a standard cradle-to-the-grave biopic. A woman who never really understood the meaning of the word ‘normal’, Shakuntala Devi now gets a biopic which can only be described thus."
Shakuntala Devi Movie Review : Soak yourself in the fascinating life and times of Shakuntala Devi!
Sreeparna Sengupta from Times of India says, "But ultimately ‘Shakuntala Devi’ is a joy to watch simply to soak in the fascinating life and times of the maths whiz - a human computer faster than an actual computer, the free-spirit, who was all that and so much more! Vidya Kasam, don’t give this one a miss."
Shakuntala Devi review — an unlikeable heroine portrayed brilliantly but with too much drama
Samira Sood from The Print writes, "The film has a lot of these moments that feel inauthentic, planted solely to drive home a feminist message. This would be great if there was some nuance to it, but here the feminism is more like Shakuntala’s excuse to get her way. However, while the endless messaging is tiring, what these scenes do achieve is the idea that this is not your typical Hindi film heroine whom you root for all the time. Because she’s a heroine who’s often deeply unlikeable and that, in itself, is an achievement."
Shakuntala Devi Movie Review: The Numbers Add Up Nicely With A Feisty Vidya Balan
Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV says, "Shakuntala Devi is an unmissable film and not just for the joy of watching Vidya Balan having a ball with numbers. Do make it a point to sit through the end credits, which start with photos from the personal albums of Shakuntala Devi and Anupama Banerji juxtaposed with freeze frames from the film and ends with the Pass Nahi Toh Fail Nahi song that sums up the spirit of both the film and the protagonist."