Ramanujan Review

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Review by : Suresh
Abhinay Vaddi, Abbas, Suhasini Maniratnam, Kevin McGowan, Bhama, Michael Lieber
Gnana Rajasekaran
Ramesh Vinayakam
Camphor Cinema

Making a bio-pic is no easy task. But Gnanarajasekaran has proved in the past that he is a master in it. He had excelled in making the bio-pic of poet Bharathiyar and rationalist leader Thanthai Periyar. Now he is at it again. This time has has come up with Ramanujan, a movie that tracks the journey of the ace mathematician Srinivasan Ramanujan.

Though we have heard and read about the genius, Gananrajasekaran has documented his life in the movie to near perfection. He gives a first hand account of Ramanujan's journey to fame from Kumbakonam to London. Nowhere he has made it a documentary. He has laced dramatic elements at right mix and the end product is convincing.

The film stars Abhinay Vaddi, grandson of legendary couple Gemini Ganesan and Savitri playing the role of Ramanujan, Bhama, Suhasini, British actor Kevin McGowan, Abbas, Nizhalgal Ravi, Delhi Ganesh, Y GEE.Mahendra and Sarath Babu and British actors Michael Lieber, Richard Walsh, Cloudia Swann and Elizabeth Bourne playing vital roles. 

The musical score by Ramesh Vinayakam, cinematography by Sunny Joseph, art by Krishnamurthy and editing by B Lenin makes it a wholesome affair. Ramanujan (Abhinav) is a child prodigy in kumbakonam. No one could recognise his talent in mathematics.

He even solves puzzles and theorems of senior students. His mother Komalathamal (Suhasini) pampers him with all love though they have very meagre income. His fascination for maths mean he fails in other subjects. He becomes the object of ridicule by all.

His parents gets him married to Janaki (Bhama). But his priority remains maths. Fate drives him to several places for recognition and finally, a Diwan Bahadur (Sarath Babu) who helps him come to Chennai and gets him a job and facilitate him continue his research on maths.

He ends up going to cambridge university. Though he dreams big and manages to achieve it, he meets up with cruel fate and loses his life. But his mathematical contribution still stays fresh.

Three cheers to Abhinav. He is tailor-made for the role and gets his Brahaminical act well. He comes out with right emotions and anger on his eyes is well brought out after defeats and ridicule.

Bhama plays her part well while Suhasini plays a big role after a long gap only to prove that she can do any role with ease. A film that is educative and documents the life of genius deserves a red carpet welcome.

Man, mission, maths

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