Dev Patel will play Srinivasa Ramanujan in a new British movie which follows close on the heels of our own home-grown, Ramanujan - directed by the Tamil director Gnana Rajasekaran. It opened in India last week, and has been made in both Tamil and English.
The British production called 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' will be helmed by Matthew Brown, who also wrote the screenplay, based on the biography, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel.
The film rights to the biography were acquired in 2006, 15 years after it was first published, and the movie took about eight years to be developed. It will have Patel with Jeremy Irons playing GH Hardy, and fresher Devika Bhise as Ramanujan's wife.
Incredible as this may sound, Bhise had portrayed Goddess Namagiri (in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu) in the play The Partition, (based on Kanigel's book), which was staged in Baltimore. Incredible, because Ramanujan explained his genius by saying that Namagiri came in his dreams to offer solutions to the most complex of mathematical problems.
Rajasekaran's version had Abhinav Vaddi essaying the math wizard with Kevin McGowan as Hardy, the Cambridge professor who discovered the phenomenal brilliance of Ramanujan.
Brown's movie will go on the floors on August 3 at the Trinity College in Cambridge - a spot where Rajasekaran also shot his film. Brown and his team will then fly down to South India and shoot in those places where Ramanujan was born, where he studied and where he worked.