‘Ramanujan’ tells the human story of an Indian mathematician who languished in the grip of a disdainful society and a scornful academia. It means to demonstrate the genius that enabled him to overcome the poverty of his material circumstances and the indifference of his peers to emerge and be recognized as a great savant by the world. The adverse social conditions in South India at the time saw Ramanujan’s mathematical capabilities dismissed by traditional fellow Indians, pushing him to take up employment as a clerk and subsist on meager wages. It was an Englishman, Professor G. H. Hardy, who recognized Ramanujan’s genius while the Indian academia shunned him. Professor Hardy took the native clerk to Cambridge, where he facilitated Ramanujan’s research in mathematics. In England, Ramanujan’s quintessential contribution to mathematics got him elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
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Director Gnana Rajasekaran was contemplating casting Tamil actors R. Madhavan and Prasanna for the role of Ramanujan, however Rajasekaran chose Telugu actor Abhinay Vaddi instead, since he felt that his piercing eyes and nose resembled those of the actual mathematician. Read More