with the bbc and this dev benegal (who made the horrible 'english, august' with that execrable bose fellow in the lead role), i am sure the film will come out as an uncle tom story, with the genius looking like some kind of idiot-savant (remember the dustin hoffman-tom cruise film) who was rescued from obscurity by kind white guys who thought of him as some performing monkey.
also, expect a lot of disparagement of hinduism in the film. after all, ramanujan explicitly said that his genius was a gift from the goddess of namakkal whose blessings enabled him to come up with his remarkable insights. so the film will smirk about how 'primitive' ramanujan was. of course, they all will not have any better answer as to what genius is all about, and the blessings of a goddess are as good an explanation as any.
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Not half the publicity or accolades given by India to a true genius as compared to <various half-baked 'intellectual giants'>
** Film to celebrate maths genius **
Directors Stephen Fry and Dev Benegal are to make a film about an Indian man whose ideas underpin the digital revolution.
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