Saturday, 13 June 2009

Big B and Ben Kingsley from the city of Big Ben

by Devansh Patel

We finally have it here. Three exclusive stills of Teen Patti from the land of Big Ben where you see Big B who plays Venkat Subramaniam, a reclusive Math genius from India who cracks a theory that could redefine the principles of probability and randomness along with Sir Ben Kingsley who plays Perci Trachtenberg who is known as the world's greatest living mathematician. And we all know that when they two meet, it's going to change the world for good. This picture was taken in the outskirts of London and looks more or less like a University building somewhere in Oxfordshire. The story has it that Venkat is encouraged to test his theory in the real world. But what starts out as an experiment between a charismatic young professor and an eccentric older one soon descends into a game neither of them can control. Convinced that Venkat's discovery has the originality and significance to change the narrative arc of mathematics, Perci understands that Venkat's theory, in essence, questions the idea of what is random and what is fated. A surprising and deeply moving redemption, initiated by Perci, closes this stupendously modern film that is as much about the private equations of honour and chance, as it is about knowledge that can change the world.

What is also surprising is the fact that besides both being cast together for the first time in a full length feature film, there was a missed chance way back during Kingsley shot for Gandhi when the two were suppose to meet. Yes. Sir Richard Attenborough wanted to cast Amitabh Bachchan for one of the roles in his Oscar winning film Gandhi but due to reasons unknown to us, things didn't work out. For the moment, lets hope that Leena Yadav's two lucky mascots - Big B and Sir Ben bring as much luck to her as Sir Richard Attenborough and Sir Ben Kingsley brought to Gandhi.

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