Oscar Winning Director Ang Lee To Visit India First for Life Of Pi!
After Danny Boyle, Hugh Jackman and Titanic's Jon Landau, Fox Star Studios to Host the Celebrated Filmmaker Ang Lee in India!!
The most spectacular cinematic event of 2012, the release of 20thCentury Fox’s Oscar buzz generating festive release, ‘Life Of Pi’ has set sail in magnificent style as Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee will fly down to India for a grand promotional tour !!
After successfully hosting eminent personalities such as Danny Boyle, Hugh Jackman and Titanic's Jon Landau, Fox Star Studios will host Ang Lee as part of special promotions of the highly awaited flick.
In an unprecedented first, India will be the first country to be visited by the celebrated film maker India amongst the international countries to promote what is being touted as one of the most phenomenal films out of Hollywood this year, with a hugely India centric appeal!
What’s more, Ang Lee will also be presenting exclusive and unseen 20 minutes of the film in stunning 3D to media and prominent Bollywood personalities, to showcase the extraordinary experience of watching the celebrated novel come to life onscreen.
The man behind some of the most prestigious and acclaimed films such as Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(2000, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film), Hulk(2003), and Brokeback Mountain (2005), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director, Ang Lee will visit Mumbai and Chennai along with David Lee (Co-Producer of Life Of Pi), main lead and debutante Suraj Sharma, Tabu and Irrfan Khan!
Confirming the exciting visit, says Mr Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios says, “We are privileged to announce Academy Award winning director Ang Lee’s visit to India! In an unprecedented historic first for India, the 'Life of Pi' international promotions will be flagged off in India with Ang Lee’s special visit along with the cast from the film. Ang is scheduled to arrive in India on 28th October 2012 for a 2 city, Mumbai-Chennai visit where he will also showcase exclusive visuals from the film for a select audience! This visit will also kick start the extravagant scale of activities planned, building on the excitement and anticipation that has been growing for 'Life of Pi' since its trailer launch. Not only is it a stunning showcase of the immense acting talent and breathtaking locales of our country, it is also one of those rare works of cinema that transcends boundaries with its universal appeal.”
On 23rd November 2012 as a festive treat, movie lovers will witness an epic saga of survival and courage against all odds: Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi! The Hollywood flick showcases stunning scenes introducing veteran Indian talents Tabu and Irrfan Khan in the film along with breathtakingly vibrant colors of Pondicherry and Munnar where LOP was extensively shot.
From the Oscar winning director, Life of Pi 3D is the visually stunning tale of a boy who is adrift at sea in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after his family is drowned in a shipwreck. The Indian appeal of Ang Lee’s magnum opus is visible with every scene of the film right from the star cast to the locales and magical elements that combine to make this a special festive treat for fans!
The theatrical promo of the Hollywood film showcases stunning scenes introducing veteran Indian talents Tabu and Irrfan Khan in the film along with debutante Suraj Sharma coupled with breathtakingly vibrant colors of Pondicherry and Munnar where LOP was extensively shot. Post its launch the trailer immediately went viral with laudatory reactions pouring in on various social networking sites!
The film centers on Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) who is raised in Pondicherry India with his family who run a zoo. They decide to immigrate to Canada, taking their animals along with them and set off on a huge freighter ship, steaming from India across the Pacific. But a terrible storm destroys the ship. The family and most of the animals perish. Pi survives, stranded on a lifeboat with several animals. Ultimately it is just Pi and a Bengal tiger who miraculously survive 227 days at sea.
Lee has shot ‘Life of Pi’ in 3D, utilizing groundbreaking techniques to capture the story’s epic scope. 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.
Not only is the film a global platform of Indian talent with its cast and crew, but some of India’s most scenic spots were tapped for the film, a first of its kind for a Hollywood film. Amidst racks of fabulous saris and colorful fabrics, many of which were used for the vibrant market scenes filmed in Pondicherry, India, where Pi spent his early year, there is a rich multicultural depth to the movie. One can see the countryside of Southern India in the hillside town of Munnar along with the French elegance of Pondicherry on 3D!
Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel’s beloved book, one of the biggest publishing events of the past decade. The book has sold over seven million copies worldwide and continues to sell over 1,000 copies per week and has won the prestigious Mann Booker Prize, and was a New York Times bestseller for over a year.
Life of Pi 3D releases on 23rd November in English, Hindi, Tamil & Telugu!