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Life of Pi raises curtains at IFFI 2012
Rishi K. Manoj
 Story Dated: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 14:1 hrs IST 
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The Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Uday Kumar Varma felicitating actors Tabbu and Irfan Khan, at the inaugural ceremony of the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2012), in Panaji, Goa on November 20, 2012. PIB
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Panaji: The 43rd International Film  Festival of India was curtain raised with the first time screening of the Hollywood 3-D movie 'Life of Pi'. The movie, directed by Oscar winner Ang Lee, is set to be released world wide on Nov 23.

The movie is a big screen adaptation of Yann Martel's Booker Prize novel 'Life of Pi'. The film was made under the banner of Twentieth Century Fox with a cost of 100 million dollar.

This is the second movie after "Slumdog Millionaire"that draws the attention of Indians due to its Indian theme. The movie also has famous Bollywood actors such as Irrfan Khan and Tabu.

The movie is about a teenager named "Pi", who after a ship wreckage, ensues adventures in the middle of the sea. The hunger-stricken Pi is left alone in a life boat with a Bengal tiger, a zebra and a hyena.

Suraj Sharma, a first time actor, has done a commendable job to the character of "Pi".  Lee had struggled a lot to find a suitable face for the main character. He conducted more than 3,000 auditions and finally chose Sharma for the role. Everyone who watches the film will agree that Lee's choice was right.

Lee has used 3-D and other technologies brilliantly in the movie.The most modern digital projection adds an aesthetic beauty to the movie.

Initially, the film was planned to be directed by another Hollywood director Manoj Night Shyamalan but withdrew himself due to personal reasons. Then the responsibility shifted to Lee's shoulder.

Lee could not be present for the inaugural function as he got caught up with his next project. However, he sent a message to all in the function. The message was : " I am lucky to direct a movie with an Indian theme".
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