Ramanujan is an biographical film based on the life of renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The film has been shot back to back in Tamil and English languages.
Ramanujan has been produced by the independent Indian production house Camphor Cinema. Gnana Rajasekaran directed and also penned the screenplay for the film.
The cast consists of South Indian and British film, stage and screen personalities. It marks the film debut of Abhinay Vaddi, the grandson of veteran Tamil film actor Gemini Ganesan, as the main protagonist.
The movie story set in the early 1900s, the film traces the life of the prodigal math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan from the time he was a young Tamil Brahmin to his years in England, where he attended Cambridge University during World War I.
The film follows his relationships with his mother Komalatammal, his wife Janaki, and his collaborator Professor G. H. Hardy. The film will also showcase how Indian society viewed a mathematician of such great stature.
The story of Ramanujan can be found in almost every Indian household. It's not the story of a genius, but one about how we treat a genius, how we want to change a genius into an ordinary man, how we expect a genius to be jack of all trades; master of none, how we want to prove that a genius is equivalent to being crazy and how we fail to celebrate a genius.
That Ramanujan is a mathematics wizard is a known fact, but did you know that he struggled to earn two square meals a day for many years in his life because he couldn't earn a suitable job.
But the problem was not with a suitable job, it was with those people who failed to understand him, his unmatchable intellect and talent.
The problem started from his family. All that his father wanted from Ramanujan was a college degree, a secure job that will relieve him off the responsibilities of a breadwinner for the family. Not surprising. Because in the country, it's often noticed that once a person turns 60, he wants to retire.
Ramanujan's father was no different. He least cared about his son's outstanding talent with the numbers. In the high school, Ramanujan was denied scholarship. He was told that the management is happy with mediocre students in all subjects, instead of a genius in one.
He faces similar reaction from mostly everybody around him, except a few who truly treat Ramanujan as a genius.