Thursday, March 30, 2006

Another Hollywood movie on the math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.

In 1991 Robert Kanigel's biography of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar titled The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan was published. It became immensely popular in India and most readers who like science writing picked up a copy. I am one of those who did so. So it is thrilling to read that producer Edward R Pressman has acquired the movie rights to this book. He and screenwriter-director Matthew Brown are about to start work on the film soon. This news comes just a few days after we came to know that the Indian director Dev Benegal and British thespian and Cambridge graduate Stephen Fry are collaborating on a film on the Ramanujan-Hardy freindship. Film lovers, math lovers and Indophiles will eagerly await the release of these two films. Ramanujan had done more in his brief life than most mathematicians can do in a life ten times as long. It is good that Hollywood has finally discovered him. Do the references to him in Matt Damon's Good Will Hunting have something to do with this?
The article in through which I came to know of this new film.
My blog entry on the Benegal-Fry collaboration.
I liked this site on Ramanujan.


Blogger Dev said...

Yes dana. I think that many in the West, barring scientists and scientifically literate persons, haven't heard of Ramanujan. His name cropping up in Good Will Hunting must have made many people curious about this math genius who really existed. I am looking forward to both films. And I am curious about who will play the roles of Ramanujan and Hardy in these films.

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Blogger Dev said...

Raghuveer Yadav may well do a good job. But I think that Tom Alter may not go down well with audiences for the role of G.H. Hardy. The directors may well choose a western actor. And considering how Richard Attenborough had chosen Ben Kinglsey (who is a Gujarati from his dad's side) to play the role of Gandhi I won't be surprised if a non-Indian plays the role of Ramanujan in either/both the films!!!

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Blogger Dev said...

fascinating... God must have told Ramanujan, 'I have created the integers now you go down to the earth and show the people there what mathematics is...but I will give you only thirty two years... '

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