Although worldwide it’s mostly set for a December release, it will open in India in November! What’s more it will be the one of the biggest release of all time for a Hollywood film with 1000+ screens, out of which 300+ screens will be in 3D in English, Hindi, Tamil & Telugu.
LIFE OF PI is based on Yann Martel’s beloved book, one of the biggest publishing events of the past decade. The book has sold over seven million copies worldwide and continues to sell over 1,000 copies per week and has won the prestigious Mann Booker Prize, and was a New York Times bestseller for over a year.
Pi is a youth who is the only person to survive the sinking of a freighter. He finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Bengal tiger.
India had much to rejoice when Ang Lee chose 17 year old newcomer Suraj Sharma to essay the role of Pi. Suraj lives with his Mathematician parents in Delhi. He has no previous acting experience and was cast following an extensive, months-long search. Over 3000 young men auditioned for the part.
The rest of the cast boasts of eminent Indian names such as Tabu, Irrfan Khan who lead the cast along with Gerard Depardieu.
Lee, whose many other honors include an Oscar nomination for his direction of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, and whose ‘Sense and Sensibility’ was a Best Picture nominee, has shot LIFE OF PI in 3D, utilizing groundbreaking techniques to capture the story’s epic scope.