Dev Patel to play mathematics genius Ramanujan

Last Updated 17 May 2013, 16:29 IST

 'Slumdog Millionaire' star Dev Patel is all set to play Indian mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in a biopic, to be directed by Matthew Brown.

"The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan" will see Patel portray Ramanujam, who made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory and infinite series.

Born in a rural village in Tamil Nadu in 1887, Ramanujan was a self—taught mathematician. He spent so much of his time thinking about mathematics that he flunked twice in his college.

In 1912–1913, he sent samples of his theorems to three academics at the University of Cambridge.

G H Hardy recognised his brilliance and invited him to visit and work with him at Cambridge. Ramanujan became a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He died at the age of 32 in 1920.

Brown wrote the script on Ramanujan. The film will be produced by Edward R Pressman and Indian producer Prashita Chaudhary's Cinemorphic Entertainment Company, which is behind Danis Tanovic's project starring Emraan Hashmi.

Prashita is currently in Cannes as the co-producer of Ari Folman's 'The Congress', which opened the Directors' Fortnight.

The part-animation and part live-action film stars Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston and Frances Fisher.

It is adapted from the sci-fi novel 'The Futurological Congress' by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem.

(Published 17 May 2013, 13:08 IST)

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