Scheduled to release on 21st November 2012, the 3D adventure film which has already created tremendous buzz since its announcement stars debutante Suraj Sharma along with illustrious Indian names such as Tabu, Irrfan Khan with Hollywood’s Tobey Maguire and Gerard Depardieu.
Based upon the bestselling Man Booker prize winning book by Yann Martel, LIFE OF PI tells the story of a young man’s incredible survival at sea against impossible odds. A remarkable technological breakthrough in 3D epic adventure, PI is an emotionally captivating experience that will inspire, touch and transport audiences to a place of discovery that they will never forget.
Director Ang Lee’s magnum opus Life of Pi based on Yann Martel’s Booker prize winning novel got a fantastic response to an early footage screening at CinemaCom, Los Angeles!
“To be honest with you, I like to be modest,” the 57-year-old said. “I would like people to get surprised about my work, instead of it being over-hyped. That’s what I’d be more comfortable with. But it’s a big picture. I have to go with the flow.”
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.
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.
Lee said it was the performance of young Indian actor Suraj Sharma, chosen from more than 3,000 hopefuls that ultimately inspired him to move forward with the technically challenging production — even though Sharma couldn’t swim when he was first cast.
“He gives an emotional performance in a movie that has the look of a family film, but it’s also a movie about big ideas. I hope people will spend weeks talking about it — that’s my idea of a family film,” says Ang Lee.