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‘Pi’ double wants role in tourism campaign

C. Jaisankar
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The Class IX student worked as stand-by for main character

Ganesh Keshav
Ganesh Keshav

Ganesh Keshav (14), a school student who has acted in the film, Life of Pi, wants to be part of the Land of Pi, a tourism initiative announced by the Union Tourism Ministry to promote Puducherry and Munnar.

The 3 D film, which generated huge interest in many countries, portrayed the beauty of Puducherry and Munnar, showcasing rich Indian culture, heritage and spirituality.

Director Ang Lee of Taiwan origin travelled several times to India, particularly the south, to understand the culture, values, rituals, and captured 18 places in Puducherry.

The Union Ministry recently came out with a full-fledged campaign to attract tourists. Unleashing media campaign, short film on Land of Pi, promoting the slogan of Land of Pi, road shows in European countries, China and Taiwan, T-shirts and caps branding the two destinations and others were part of the Ministry’s campaign.

Ganesh Keshav, who has acted as stand-by for young Pi in the film, feels not only elated over the nomination of Life of Pi to Oscars but also excited over the tourism promotion campaign.

“I am extremely happy to be part of the film. Since I am found to be a look alike of Suraj Sharma, who cast as young Pi in the film, the film crew used me for taking stand-by shots for the main character. Besides I have acted as his school friend. As confidently told by Ang Lee during the shooting, the movie has been nominated for Oscars. I have no doubt that it will surely win awards,” said Keshav, IX standard student studying in Acharya Bala Shiksha Mandir, Puducherry.

Having played a part in the movie, Keshav is willing to be part of the campaign.

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