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Bond director to make a movie on Ramanujan

Press Trust of India
Oct 16, 2011 at 06:22pm IST

Mumbai: India's mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan will be immortalised on the big screen with Roger Spottiswoode, best known for his James Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies', working on a movie on him having 'Rang De Basanti' actor Siddharth in the lead role.

Spottiswoode, who is part of the international competition jury of the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival, says the film is not a biography of Ramanujan who died at the young age of 32. It will rather deal with his friendship with G H Hardy, the man who first spotted his talent in Cambridge.

Titled "The First Class Man", the film's scripting has been completed and shooting is being planned from sometime next year.

Bond director to make a movie on Ramanujan

India's mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan will be immortalised on the big screen with Roger Spottiswoode.

"We are putting the finance together and hope to shoot next year. One of my friends recommended 'Rang De Basanti' and Siddharth was brilliant in that. He came to England and loved the script," Spottiswoode told PTI.

He says the film will capture the unusual friendship between Hardy and Ramanujan and he is looking forward to finding an Indian producer.

"Some of it will be shot in India. It is not a biography but about the friendship between these two unusual people.

Hardy thought that Ramanujan could be brilliant and as it turned out the young Indian was more talented than him. They collaborated for four years and wrote wonderful papers. It was a wonderful friendship between the two because Ramanujan was deeply spiritual while Hardy was only interested in Cricket and mathematics," the director says.

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