Jisshu Sengupta to play the on-screen husband of Vidya Balan in Shakuntla Devi’s Biopic
Filmmaker Anu Menon’s upcoming biopic on Indian writer and ‘human calculator’ Shakuntala Devi has been one of the most exciting projects to have been announced in recent times.
The movie casts Vidya Balan in the lead role. The actress will play the legendary mathematics wizard, who is popularly known as the ‘human calculator’.
While the biopic is in the pre-production stage, the team is currently finalizing the other cast members of the movie. But, the makers have found Shakuntala’s husband for the biopic.
Bollywood Life’s reliable source confirmed that Jisshu Sengupta, who is a popular name in the Bengali cinema, has been signed for the movie.
“Jisshu will play Shakuntala’s husband Paritosh Banerji. Since Banerji hailed from Kolkata originally, the makers found Jisshu perfect to play the part to the T. His character is one of the most integral parts in the narrative,” a little birdie close to the development revealed.
The actor has signed the papers and will soon kickstart with the shoot of the film. This won’t be the first time that Jisshu and Vidya Balan will be playing husband and wife on-screen will share the screen once again. Earlier the two were seen in the NTR biopic, wherein Jisshu had a cameo.
Jisshu Sengupta has also been a part of several Hindi movies and was last seen playing Maharaja Gangadhar Rao in the Rani Lakshmi Bai’s biopic Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, that released earlier this year. In the movie, he played Kangana Ranaut’s on-screen husband.
Although speaking about playing the character, Vidya Balan in a statement mentioned, “I am really excited to play the human personal computer, Shakuntala Devi, on the huge screen. She was genuinely an individual who embraced her individuality, had a sturdy feminist voice and braved lots of a naysayer to attain the pinnacle of good results. But what genuinely fascinates me is that you wouldn’t usually associate an exciting individual with Math…and she totally turns that perception on its head.”