Why do you think this scene was manufactured? Should it be chalked up to trying to make reality more interesting or to an effort to deliver themes aligned with audience expectations?
This convenient story seems to be picked up by a lot of people who have not read the book, e.g. "World War I throws the campus into chaos and exposes Ramanujan to more pointed racism." (http://www.filmjournal.com/reviews/film-review-man-who-knew-...) or "...what we received instead was a shameful expose of twentieth century racism, an exploration of otherness, professional jealousy and small mindedness" (http://teachingmathsscholars.org/news/the-maths-scholars-sch...)
In fact I've always found Ramanujan's story to be an excellent example of open-mindedness and the meritocratic approach to judging people.
Can you elaborate on how those themes are more prevalent in reality than the underdog against a racist system ones presented in the movie?
For a good after-movie read, someone also did a more detailed write-up of his wife's life, here: http://www.imsc.res.in/~rao/ramanujan/newnow/janaki.pdf
Stephen Wolfram also has a fascinating, in-depth blog post on Ramanujan - http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2016/04/who-was-ramanujan/
I wonder if we'll ever understand how intuition like this really works in the brain.
This can be awakened by meditation, devotion (like in case of Ramanujan) or by selfless work. All of them falls under Yoga, which means "to unite" with your true self, the infinitely powerful, whose nature is self-existence, knowledge and bliss.
What does this mean in practical terms? Is it objectively
And while it's incredibly hard to come up with a definition of "greatest mathematicians", he is quite high up there in many rankings, top 30 at least.