Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Man Who Knew Infinity (E)

Man who knewThe Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2015 biographical drama film based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel.

I feel a more apt title would be ‘Hardy and Ramanujan’. The movie is about ‘ What happens in Cambridge university’, rather than ‘ in Ramanujan’s life’. Ramanujan was an orthodox Iyengar from Kumbakonam. Chubby, smallpox marked face and never perhaps wore a ‘lungi’ in his life let alone a ‘pancha kachcham’ lungi. Robert Kanigel spent time in Erode, Kumbakonam, Namagiri and understood their importance in shaping Ramanujan’s life. His book brings out the quintessential Ramanujan. The movie is in a hurry to get Ramanjun to England and then tell us what happened there.

Casting Dev Patel in the lead role is perhaps more for the western audience and to get around the fact that a native Indian hero cast is not going to turn the till at the box office. I often wonder, with a flourishing  movie industry in Tamil Nadu, why they can never find a typical Brahmin girl to play a typical Brahmin girl in any movie. Mind you Devika Bhise looks stunning and does a creditable job.

Jeremy Irons is brilliant. Perhaps, in my view, the movie lacks an honest true depiction of the great man. The movie opts to lean on emotions and  music and caters to selected audience hoping for box office returns. But then, I am not the one investing my money. My point is if you are making a movie about a real time hero he needs to be real. Hopefully there will be in the future a true life story with Ramanujan as the centre piece. If you have not read the book please do and let me know what do you think.

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Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (H)

“Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi” is a 2012 Bollywood romantic comedy starring Farah Khan, Boman IrSHIRIN_FARHAD_KI_TOH_NIKAL_PADI_posterani in the lead role. I laughed happily and enjoyed the time spent. Boman Irani provides a stellar performance and keeps it beautifully underdone.

Farhad Pastakia (Boman Irani) has a dream job as a bra-and-panty salesman. He is a 45-year old Parsi bachelor still living with his overbearing mother and grandmother. He wants to get married his mother is desperate to get him married but it is just not happening.

Then Farhad meets the woman of his dreams: Shirin Fugawala (‘Farah Khan’). The movie takes you through Farhad’s , Shirin and Farhad’s mothers interactions. When you just think Indian movies have lost the touch to produce movies like ‘Chit Chor’, comes SFKTNP like a refreshing summer breeze.  Good Movie.

5_Star_Rating_System_3_and_a_half_stars (1)M – Adult themes