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How Director Anu Menon's Daughter Prompted Her to Make Shakuntala Devi

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Anu Menon

Anu Menon recently revealed that her 9-year-old daughter inspired her to write and direct Shakuntala Devi, the biopic of the math genius.

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  • Last Updated: July 31, 2020, 1:42 PM IST
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Filmmaker Anu Menon has recalled how a conversation with her daughter made her take up the job of directing the upcoming film, Shakuntala Devi.

"One day, I heard my then nine-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," said Menon.

That was the starting point, following which she began researching around Shakuntala Devi, a writer and mathematician who was popularly known as the human computer. Menon eventually connected with her daughter Anupama in London, with her co-writer Nayanika

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"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," said Menon.

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Featuring Vidya Balan in the title role, the film is a biographical drama on the life of Shakuntala Devi.

Shakuntala Devi will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 31.

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