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'Slumdog' star Dev Patel to star in Srinivasa Ramanujan biopic

'Slumdog Millionaire' star Dev Patel has been cast in the lead role in a new film on the life of Indian Tamil maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.  

Patel, 23, will be cast alongside a "Hollywood A-Lister" who will play Ramanujan's mentor and collaborator G H Hardy, according to reports.

The film will be adapted from the book "The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan" by Robert Kanigel and produced by Edward R Pressman, whose credits not only include iconic films such as American Pscyho and Wall Street but films about enigmatic real-life heroes like American trade union agitator Jimmy Hoffa and Irish polar explorer Sir Ernest Shakleton.  

Pressman told the Press Trust of India: “The book was introduced to me by Matthew Brown. He is very passionate about making this film. I think it is a very fascinating subject which is in some ways akin to ‘A Beautiful Mind’ but also brings in a historical perspective.”

Born on 22 December 1887 to a conservative Brahmin family in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu, Ramanujan was a virtually self-taught mathematician.

He is said to have spent so much time thinking about maths that he was forced to drop out of University twice before being invited to Cambridge by Hardy who had been impressed with Ramanujan's theorems.

Prior to his death from Tuberculosis in 1920, Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 4000 identities and mathematical equations including a function he formulated whilst in his death bed that has helped scientists explain the behaviour of Black Holes.

- Viji Alles




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