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Life of Pi

Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu
Direction: Ang Lee

 Life of Pi is an 3D adventure film based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Yann Martel. The film is directed by Ang Lee based on an adapted screenplay by David Magee. Suraj Sharma will play Pi.

The young boy who is struggling to survive at sea and is trying to come to terms with his relationship with God.


Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) is quite a spiritual boy from his childhood. His family runs a zoo in Pondicherry and Pi is distraught when they decide to relocate to Canada. As the family sets assail in a ship with the zoo animals, a terrible storm leaves Pi (Suraj Sharma) shipwrecked, stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. They manage a miraculous feat of surviving 227 days at sea braving storms, hunger and a carnivorous island among many other challenges.

Known for movies like ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee says his latest offering ‘Life Of Pi’, a 3D adventure drama, has been the most difficult film of his career.

A film with a handful of characters and essentially with a teenager and a tiger playing the lead might have become a tedious watch but Lee keeps the audience engaged in every frame. Irrfan Khan as the elder Pi is compelling in the small role that he plays and is in essence, the narrator who holds the plot together, making the transitions easy and providing perspective where necessary.
Seventeen-year-old Suraj Sharma is impressive as the younger Pi. Not only does his character go through a lot of physical changes through the length of the film but you see a rare sensitivity on his face as he is completely unprepared for the adversities that confront him.

Vivid Times

This article is written by Vivid Time Staff member.