Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 11 July 2014
Abhinay Vaddi, Suhasini, Bhama
National award winning filmmaker Gnana Rajasekaran, who has made bio-pics in the past like ?Bharathi? and ?Periyar?, is back with ?Ramanujan?, the true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan the Mathematical genius from small town Kumbakonam.
Not only do we get a sneek peek into the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan in his childhood and his orthodox upbringing in a Brahmin society, his insecurities, angst and above all how India handled a genius like him!
Gnana Rajasekharan has highlighted Ramanujan as a mathematics wizard but his background, upbringing and people around him pulled him down. He could not rise above the situations and in any other country his work would have been recognised more effectively.
Making biopics is indeed very challenging and the director has been successful to a very large extent to bring out each and every character especially Suhasini who plays Ramanujan?s dominating mother Komalthuammal, with shades of grey and his docile young wife Janaki played by Bhama. Nizhalgal Ravi as his father, YG Mahendran and the actor who plays JH Hardy his mentor and rest of the supporting cast are aptly cast.
The movie covers the most important events in Ramanujan?s life, his stint at Cambridge University, his loneliness in an alien country, his craving for Tamil vegetarian food and his deteriorating health. The Cambridge university scenes are beautifully shot.
Abhinay Vaddi a rank newcomer as Ramanujan played the role for his resemblance in looks and build to the genius and he shines. Suhasini as Komalatammal who had a great influence in her son?s life has breathed life into her character. Bhama impresses with her innocence.
One of the major highlights of the film is Ramesh Vinayakam?s music, totally in sync with the mood of the film. The bhajan rendered by Vani Jayaram ? Narayana..? and picturised on Suhasini a music teacher is a gem.
However, the movie has its weaknesses, as it moves at snail pace and needs tighter editing. Gnana Rajasekharan has done a well-researched bio-pic on Ramanujam.. All in all it is a film that is definitely worth viewing. Finally we get to see the real story behind a legendary maths wizard
Verdict: Worth a look