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Monday, April 10, 2006

Indo-UK Film on Ramanujan

Indian Director Dev Benegal and English writer-actor-director Stephen Fry are joining hands together to make a film on Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan -- His incredible journey to England and friendship with the famous Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy. The film will be mainly based on Robert Kanigel's amazing biography "The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan".

Benegal has been preparing himself for this project for the last 20 years and Fry wanted to make a film on the story ever since he read about it while studying at Cambridge.

Stephen Fry was in India recently at the invitation of the UK Film Council to sign the official India-UK Film co-production treaty in March. Benegal and Fry met President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The president, who himself is a scientist, was born in a village neighbouring Ramanujan's and grew up sharing passion for science and technology. The prime minister studied economics at Cambridge.


At 5:07 AM, Anonymous Razib Ahmed said...

Srinivasa Ramanujan was a true genius but gradually people are forgetting him. He is not so famous outside of India and if this film becomes a success the I am sure it will create interest among many people about this legend.

At 2:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont know how u say that Ramanujan is not famous outside india! well, for my knowledge, he is more famous outside than in India.For your information,The notebooks are not written by Indian but by outsider, the movie is being made by outsider... the biography "the man..." is written by outsider... I would say that its pity that even now the Ramanujan is not that much famous in India...! so I would say its otherway arund.

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramanujan was an outstanding genius. He is less well known inside India than outside. Indians are obsessed with film celebrities to be concerned with mathematical geniuses, I guess.

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good that serious people are making the movie.. Imagine if yash chopra had started this venture with SRK as Ramanujan, and filmi masala and songs, that would have been the biggest insult to the great genius Ramanujan.

Cannot wait for the movie to be completed.


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