Irons won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Claus von Bulow in ‘Reversal of Fortune’. The actor’s noted films include ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’, ‘The Mission’ and ‘Dead Ringers’, ‘Lolita’ and ‘Die Hard’. The production of the biopic is expected to commence on locations in the UK and India in 2014. Ramanujan, who died at the age of 32, continues to fascinate filmmakers. A self-educated mathematical prodigy, Ramanujan was born in rural Southern India in 1887. With no guidance other than a university textbook that he found, Ramanujan spent years filling three notebooks with groundbreaking insights. He kept sending his findings to mathematicians, finally attracting the attention of Hardy.
Hardy recognised his brilliance and invited him to visit and work with him at Cambridge. Ramanujan became a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Ramanujan moved to England leaving his wife Janaki behind where a deeply religious Ramanujan and atheist Hardy formed an unlikely friendship.