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Life of Pi is a celebration of storytelling, says producer

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Actors Irfan Khan, Tabu share their experience

Tabu and Irfan Khan, who star in 'Life of Pi', during an event at International Film Festival of India in Panaji.
Tabu and Irfan Khan, who star in 'Life of Pi', during an event at International Film Festival of India in Panaji.

David Womark, producer of Life of Pi — opening movie of the ongoing 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI)-2012 — said on Wednesday that the 3D film, which has been released in the U.S. theatres, “celebrates the power of storytelling.”

The cast and crew of the film shared their experiences about different aspects of the film at a press conference held at the IFFI media centre.

Mr. Womark said the director of the film, Ang Lee, worked for four years on the script.

To a question on the rationale behind making the film in 3D mode, he said several factors such as storyline; visual level and water works were responsible for this.

Long, memorable journey

Irfan Khan, star of the film, described the movie as a long and a memorable journey and asserted that different stories were woven together in the movie, which could be seen from different angles.

Actor Tabu narrated her experience, saying that although hers was a small role in the film, it was satisfying to work with a master storyteller such as Ang Lee. The story was bigger than any character in the film.

At the screening of the opening film on Tuesday evening at Kala Academy after the inaugural function, the cast and crew of the film were present.

Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi tells the story of a young man’s incredible survival at sea against almost impossible odds.

The film is considered a remarkable technological breakthrough in 3D.

Filmed primarily in India and Taiwan, the nearly two-hour movie narrates the story of a boy who is adrift in the Pacific Ocean for more than 200 days with a Bengal Tiger. Apart from newcomer Suraj Sharma, other stars of the film include Rafe Spall and Gerard Depardieu.


  • Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel, it is about a boy’s saga of survival at sea

  • The film is deemed a remarkable technical breakthrough in 3D


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