Vidya Balan will be seen in the role of mathematical wizard Shakuntala Devi who earned the moniker 'human computer' for her exceptional skills with numbers.
'The Dirty Picture' actor announced the news on her Instagram page. "BIG DAY! Excited to play the role of Math Genius, Shakuntala Devi. Vikram Malhotra, Anu Menon and I are thrilled to bring to life the true story of 'the human computer' - a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm! Abundantia Entertainment. In theatres - Summer 2020."
The Shakuntala Devi biopic will be helmed by Anu Menon and produced by Vikram Malhotra.
Film critic Taran Adarsh announced on his twitter handle that the film slated for summer 2020 release will commence shooting schedule later this year.
"Vidya Balan as Shakuntala Devi... Vikram Malhotra-led Abundantia will be producing the film based on the life of a mathematical genius, the 'human computer' - Shakuntala Devi... Directed by Anu Menon... Starts later this year... Summer 2020 release... Official announcement:"
Vidya expressed her excitement over essaying the role.
"I am extremely excited to play the human computer, Shakuntala Devi, on the big screen. She was truly someone who embraced her individuality, had a strong feminist voice and braved many a naysayer to reach the pinnacle of success," Vidya said in a statement.
The Padma Shree actor said what truly fascinated her is the fun person that Shakuntala Devi was. "One wouldn't normally associate a fun person with Math...and she completely turns that perception on its head," said Vidya.
"I am thrilled that Vikram, who I've worked with on Kahaani, and his team are producing the film. Vikram (Malhotra), Anu (Menon) and I are proud to bring to life the story of one of the most inspiring women of this country. How incredible that 'The Math Genius', 'The Human Computer', was a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm," she said.
Her ability to make earned Shakuntala a place in Guinness Book of World Record in 1982.
Shakuntala's ability to make incredibly swift calculations on her fingertips was first discovered at the age of 5 when she solved a math problem for 18-year-old students. Although she never received any formal education her love for numbers won her several awards.