Vidya Balan opens up about playing Shakuntala Devi in her upcoming Amazon prime video film

Vidya Balan has starred in many women centered films in the recent past including Mission Mangal and Tumhari Sulu.
Written By Apoorv Shandilya | Updated: July 19, 2020 10:43 IST
Vidya Balan opens up about playing Shakuntala Devi in her upcoming Amazon prime video film

Vidya Balan has always set a class of her own through her marvellous roles and characters in all her films. Whether it is Vidya Bagchi in Kahaani or her role as a scientist in Mission Mangal, Vidya Balan gives it her all. The actress has now revealed that she loves every film she has done and is inspired by the women she has gotten the chance to portray. Vidya is currently anticipating the release of Amazon Prime Video’s Shakuntala Devi. The film stars Vidya as the human-computer.
Speaking about her role in the film Vidya said, “I didn’t know much about her other than the fact that she was known as the human-computer world over,” the actor says about Shakuntala Devi, “But then Anu Menon (director) started sharing details with me and I realized she was such an interesting person. She had a zest for life and loved to cook, eat, dress up, dance and a wicked sense of humour. None of this I would associate with a human-computer. She loved like she lived life, with full josh.”
She further added saying, “These kinds of women I find very exciting -- women who love themselves, who love life. They are unapologetic about the choices they make… they want everything. Women are told you can’t have everything. Well, why can’t a girl have everything?”
The actress also spoke about her journey as an actress. She said, “I am still work in progress, I am still coming into my own. So many voices are constantly telling you what to do, who to be especially as a woman. To drown out these noises and just to listen to your inner voice takes a lot and comes with experience. The biggest lesson as a public figure, as an actor, as a star that I have learnt, is that the world will constantly ask you to conform to the ideas of who you should be and those ideas will keep on changing and you will not be able to keep up. Kabhi bhatak bhi jaat hu but the perspective returns. It also has to do with the family I grew up in and my family gave me freedom to be who you are.”