“A beautiful Mind” presents an engaging, captivating, well-crafted screen-play and true life account of a Nobel Laureate, a brilliant mathematician and an erratic paranoid schizophrenic – Professor. John Nash.

The story begins with a rude and conceited Princeton student John (Russell Crowe) who is too aware of his gifted mind and too engrossed in accomplishing something out of the world. His teachers ignore him for his attitude and he has no friends in the college but his prodigal (so he calls!) roommate Charles (Paul Bettany).

So at the time when all his class-mates are busy preparing mundane thesis on all-common subjects, John decides to carry a research paper on one of the most absurd topics  – a thesis on the foundations of game theory,  which lies forgotten for a long time.

John becomes a sought-after mathematical wizard for his aptitude to break codes and life-engaging, real-time situations in no time; but nothing on earth happens to quench John’s thirst for doing the extra-ordinary and his only refuge lies in his college roommate Charles. Once he just happens to be returning from a confidential assignment at Pentagon, and that is when he gets approached by an incognito Agent William Parcher (Ed Harris) from CIA for doing some highly-classified cryptographical work for the government, which he readily accepts. Employed as a teaching faculty at the MIT University and immersed in the under-cover work, John ignores his scheduled classes and insults his students. This continues till one particularly challenged student dares to rise up and tries to involve John in to the regular events of the society. Alicia (Jeniffer Connelly), John’s student, immediately develops a liking for him and they both fall in love, followed by marriage and a baby boy. As much as John loves his family, he desperately fails to keep his personal and professional life distinct and the latter begins to interfere with the former, leading to life threatening situation for his loved once.

As John struggles to make the right choice for himself, what unfolds is both dramatic and unbelievable for him, his friends and his family. As we move ahead, we witness a man who struggles at the loss of his lifetime identity and feels embarrassed for his inability to perform simple tasks, a wife who gets scared and terrified while dealing with a life-long situation and yet refuses to leave his husband’s side in the hour of need and we witness friends who truly want to help his friend get back on his feet in his life and receive the honor he truly deserves.

As John learns to respect human relations, and learns to become part of social behavior, we witness John becoming one of the most profound personalities in the history of mathematics who formulated one of the most break-through theories.

Based loosely on the book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar, A beautiful mind is truly the story of a beautiful mind that is gifted in the most extra-ordinary way for the best and the worst, a mind that creates and solves the most mystical equations and solutions and in the end, learns to live with the reality and fiction that becomes an inseparable part of his life.  There are certainly no doubts that the movie bagged 4 Oscars in 2002, for Best picture, Best director (Ron Howard) and best actress in supporting role (Jennifer Connelly), and best screenplay (Akiva Goldsman). However, you tend to wonder how and why Russell Crowe missed it despite his brilliant depiction and involvement in the character.

My personal favorites are the scene when John sits in the university cafeteria and everyone around comes over and offers him their pens on the table as a symbol of respect and gratitude; and of course the beautiful speech that he renders at his award ceremony, which I can read/see again and again:

“I’ve always believed in numbers and the equations and logics that lead to reason.

But after a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask, “What truly is logic? Who decides reason?”

My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional — and back.

And I have made the most important discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my life: It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found.

I’m only here tonight because of you [his wife, Alicia].

You are the reason I am. You are all my reasons. ”