The Honorable President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam met Dev Benegal and Stephen Fry at Rashtrapati Bhawan today and shared his surprisingly extensive knowledge on the genius mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan with the film-makers.
The President charmed Fry, Benegal and producer Gina Carter with his humor, wit and depth of knowledge. He spoke at length about the world of Ramanujan and the challenge of education in India in being able to allow many more Ramanujans to flourish. The mind can never be imprisoned, said the President and Ramanujan has shown that even with the barest of resources available he could give the world something, the full extent of which we still have not fathomed.
Wishing the project his best and throwing a challenge to the filmakers to make a film which the entire world would see the President then presented Benegal & Fry with a paper that he has written on Number Theory, Secure Communications and Ramanujan.
In his presence, the Ramanujan Film Project was officially launched in a simple ceremony.
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Leading Indian Film Director Dev Benegal and leading British Actor-Director Stephen Fry announce international feature film on genius Indian mathematician Ramanujan.
UK’s leading actor and director Stephen Fry, well known as the voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks and the leading Indian writer-director Dev Benegal are collaborating on a feature film on the life of the genius Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and his friendship with the Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy.
Much like the story of Ramanujan and Hardy both Fry and Benegal had for years unknown to one another dreamt of making a film on this amazing friendship across cultures and continents.
It was at Cambridge that Stephen Fry came to learn about Ramanujan and G.H. Hardy. It was the amazing story of Ramanujan’s journey and his friendship with the Cambridge math don G.H. Hardy that fueled Fry’s passion to tell the this story on the large screen. Director Dev Benegal’s passion to tell this story dates back some 20 years when he traveled the entire length of the river Kaveri in a small round boat made of dried palm leaves and came past the towns of Erode and Kumbakonam where Ramanujan was born and studied. The story has haunted him for years but never found any interest amongst the Indian film community. For them Ramanujan’s work and ideas are the DNA of what powers digital technology today.
An accidental encounter in 2005 led to Fry and Benegal discovering their passion. Within a few meetings Fry & Benegal had found their calling and a big screen version of this story is going to see the light of day.
Fry & Benegal are co-writing and co-directing this motion picture, which will be a co-production between India & the UK. Stephen Fry is in India for the official signing of the India-UK Film Co-production treaty.
They expect to meet President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam & Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on March 20.th
Dev Benegal & Stephen Fry will be available in New Delhi for interviews on March 20th and in Bombay on March 22nd & 23rd.
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