A movie that could become an international blockbuster is currently being filmed in Cambridge, UK. Ramanujan is the true story of a self-taught maths genius who studied at Cambridge University in the early 1900s. He was a genius in mathematical analysis and number theory who made many groundbreaking discoveries.
Ramanujan was discovered by Professor Hardy, played by British actor Kevin McGowan, who brought the young prodigy from his home town in India, Kumbakonan, to Cambridge. In the UK his work led to him becoming a Fellow of Trinity College and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Tragically he died in 1920, aged 32.
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The lead role of Srinivasa Ramanujan is played by Indian star Abhinay Vaddi, grandson of southern acting legends Gemini Ganesan and Savitri. Asked why the director picked him, Abhinay said Rajasekaran felt his piercing eyes resembled those of Ramanujan.
Real life becomes reel life in this Indo-British production by independent company Camphor Cinema, which is being directed by award-winning director Gnana Rajasekaran. Partly shot in India with a crew of only 35 people, the film aims to demonstrate the humanism that existed between two culturally different people during imperialistic times. The movie is being shot both in English and in Tamil as Ramanujan spoke both languages.
The film, which will be distributed worldwide, is due to be released at the end of this year. Read more here.
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