The man who knew infinity is a biographical drama film based on the life of the great Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan. The movie is an adaptation of a book written by Robert Kanigel. Set at the advent of the 20th century, when India was under the subjugative British epoch, the movie captures Ramanujan’s love and pious dedication towards maths and integers as he struggles to earn a living in his hometown, Madras. The protagonists of the film are Ramanujan played by Dev Patel and Dr. G.H Hardy played by Jeremy Irons. I find the antagonist of the film to be Ramanujan’s mother played by Arundhati nag mainly because of her selfishness to lose her son and secondly, Major McMahon played by Kevin McNally. Other characters in the movie are John Littlewood, Ramanujan’s wife janki played by Devika Bhise and Narayan Iyer, who ignited the first spark in Ramanujan played by dhritiman Chatterjee.
The movie takes you on an emotional rollercoaster – as you witness the selfless dedication of Ramanujan towards the field of mathematics, the heart-warming love and devotion of his wife Janki towards Ramanujan, for which she agrees to endure the test of patience, only to see her husband succeed. It shows the constant suppression that an Indian man has to face due to racism, be it physical violence or the malnutrition due to religious bounds. Dev Patel has spectacularly enacted the essence of Ramanujan. A series of events unfurl which make the two protagonists stand at crossroads, as they yearn to find answers to human perspective of faith vs facts, eventually leading to the victory of faith towards the end. The importance of G.H hardy as a catalyst who laid the foundation for Ramanujan’s excellent research is immense. The humour element is added by John Littlewood, hardy’s compadre, who is the first one to notice that Ramanujan’s work simply can’t be contained. The movie shows all aspects of Ramanujan; be it his ecstasy to enter the grounds of Trinity college or him at his most vulnerable. The use of camera techniques in the film is dynamic and has a vibrant tone. The music has been used in accordance to the location or the feelings, and is soulful. The ending leaves us in bittersweet moments. it shows us that perhaps the only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.
The reality and impact of all these efforts and its ruthlessness is what makes the movie stand out. It intertwines with the storyline flawlessly and makes the movie breath-taking and definitely worth to watch.
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