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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

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The story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.

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Matt Brown (as Matthew Brown)

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Matt Brown (screenplay), Matt Brown | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... G.H. Hardy
Dev Patel ... S. Ramanujan
Malcolm Sinclair ... Professor Cartwright
Raghuvir Joshi Raghuvir Joshi ... Narasimha
Dhritiman Chatterjee Dhritiman Chatterjee ... Narayana Iyer (as Dhritiman Chaterji)
Stephen Fry ... Sir Francis Spring
Arundathi Nag Arundathi Nag ... Komalatammal
Devika Bhise ... Janaki
Pádraic Delaney ... Beglan
Toby Jones ... Littlewood
Jeremy Northam ... Bertrand Russell
San Shella ... Dr. Muthu
Richard Cunningham ... Hobson
Thomas Bewley Thomas Bewley ... Baker
Anthony Calf ... Howard
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Storyline

In the 1910s, Srinivasa Ramanujan is a man of boundless intelligence that even the abject poverty of his home in Madras, India, cannot crush. Eventually, his stellar intelligence in mathematics and his boundless confidence in both attract the attention of the noted British mathematics professor, G.H. Hardy, who invites him to further develop his computations at Trinity College at Cambridge. Forced to leave his young wife, Janaki, behind, Ramanujan finds himself in a land where both his largely intuitive mathematical theories and his cultural values run headlong into both the stringent academic requirements of his school and mentor and the prejudiced realities of a Britain heading into World War One. Facing this with a family back home determined to keep him from his wife and his own declining health, Ramanujan joins with Hardy in a mutual struggle that would define Ramanujan as one of India's greatest modern scholars who broke more than one barrier in his worlds. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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What does it take to prove the impossible? See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Tamil | Sanskrit

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre que conocía el infinito See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,325, 1 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,866,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,158,142
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2.39 : 1
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Ramanujan died in 1920 at the age of 32. His wife Janaki died in 1994 at the age of 95. As was the custom she never remarried after his death. See more »

Goofs

Ramanujan being a religious Iyengar never wore a blue cloth around his waist and legs (called 'lungi') as shown in the movie. The cloth was he wore was pure white cloth tied around his waist and called 'panchagajam' (5 knots). The style/method of wearing that panchagajam is totally different from whats depicted in this movie. See more »

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S. Ramanujan: These steps you want, I do not know how to do!
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Card before the title: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty." - Bertrand Russell See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.95 (2017) See more »

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Interesting but Slow
28 April 2016 | by mailes22See all my reviews

The problem with this movie is that not a lot happens. And it's very slow. The maths is too abstract for the average viewer to appreciate the ground breaking nature of S. Ramanujan's work. The best thing about the movie is that it brings to the modern audience an awareness of the genius of Ramanujan - who was apparently every bit Einstein's equal or better, but remains basically unknown outside of maths academia.

The movie struggles because it can't build to any kind of dramatic "Eureka" moment, when there's a sudden breakthrough that leads to some sort of climax that the general audience knows about. The Imitation Game (2014) at least had a sense of time running out with Alan Turing (and others) trying to find a code to crack the Enigma Machine in WWII. This movie hasn't got that sort of pressure and it doesn't build to any sort of major breakthrough. It's just an interesting story about a maths genius of the 20th Century who most people have never heard of.

The director has obviously tried to build up the love story to give the audience something to connect with, but unfortunately it is largely fictional. In real life, 21 year old Ramanujan married his young bride who was 9 or 10 at the time. 5 years later he left her in India with family as he set off for England and Cambridge. The interfering mother- in-law and the star crossed lovers scenario in the movie seems to be pretty fictionalised in an attempt to provide something a little less dry than maths equations.

Nevertheless, the movie is beautifully acted. It's just pretty slow.


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