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The Man Who Knew Infinity: Number's up for Indian clerk at Cambridge

(12A, 114mins)

Published 08/04/2016

Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a 25-year-old shipping clerk in 1914 Madras, who dreams about formulae, which he scribbles in chalk on temple floors.

With the blessing of his employer, Sir Francis Spring (Stephen Fry), Ramanujan sends some of his mathematical musings to revered academic GH Hardy (Jeremy Irons), who is a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, alongside Bertrand Russell (Jeremy Northam). Hardy invites the bank clerk to England to nurture his gift.

Against the wishes of his controlling mother (Arundhati Nag), Ramanujan bids tearful farewell to his new wife (Devika Bhise) and travels to the hallowed seat of learning.

Ramanujan encounters jealousy from students and masters. Thankfully, a few scholars, such as John Edensor Littlewood (Toby Jones), recognise Ramanujan's raw talent and encourage the Indian to indulge his fascination with prime numbers.

Three stars

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