"No sooner was the problem written down on the blackboard or
put to him verbally than Ramanujan began to reply, without
any time gap for thinking.
"It was very difficult for
great mathematicians to understand how it happened.
"A problem which would take about six hours for an
eminent mathematician to solve – and then too he was not
sure about being right – Ramanujan solved instantaneously,
Wrote EMPIRE, the British entertainment publication:
"Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing may be academic icons,
but it’s fair to say that Srinivasa Ramanujan is less well
"His story may be the most amazing of the three, though:
born in to poverty in India, he was so obsessed with numbers
that as a young man, his burgeoning talent helped him to
talk his way into an accountancy job, before contacting
Cambridge mathematician GH Hardy, who, so impressed with
Ramanujan’s amateur math’s work, summoned him to England for
a crack at the real thing.
"Once at Cambridge, Ramanujan came up with a huge variety
of mathematical formulas, some of which are still used to
study black holes today, before returning to India and dying
from TB, aged just 32."
The movie starts with Ramanujan writing formulae on the
floor of the temple. But it is not clear what is going on.
To set the stage, the movie needs to show how Ramanujan’s
talent emerged in childhood, how he goes into meditation and
gets the formulae instantly.
This needed to be highlighted.
The ending is rather depressing as it shows black and
white images of Ramanujan and his wife with a couple of
sentences about his legacy.
It could have ended showing how his maths helps us to
explore space today.
The producer and scriptwriter Mathew Brown worked from
the book of the same name by Robert Kanigel but he should
have delved deeper into Ramanjuan’s spiritual space to touch
his core being.
Osho explains this mystery:
"Whenever he began to look into any mathematical problem
something began to happen in the middle space between his
"Both his eyeballs turned upwards, centering on that
"In Yoga, that space is described as the third eye spot.
"It is called the third eye because if that eye becomes
activated it is possible to see events and scenes of some
different world in their entirety.
"It is like looking out of your house through a small
hole in the door, and suddenly, when the door opens, you see
the whole sky.