Life of PI

I watched this movie with Mohan end of 2012 and we both loved it. It gave me goosebumps when watching all the Tamil bits. Suddenly felt proud to be Tamilian ūüėÄ


Watching the movie in 3D was a delight to the senses. Love the following music. The lyrics, so soothing and wondered if nature was this beautiful as seen on the screen.

A well written and composed piece of music. We rarely watch and listen to such beautiful music written or directed in Tamil films.

Now that I am a proud Tamilian, I have another good news for all the Indians. Bombay Jayshree has been nominated for oscar for penning good lyrics for this song.


Bengaluru:¬†Once again, Indians have much to cheer as the 85th Annual Academy Awards nominations were revealed on Thursday. Carnatic vocalist and leading playback singer Bombay Jayashri has bagged a nod in the Best Original Song category for her rendition for the Ang Lee-directed blockbuster ‘Life of Pi’.

Jayashri, along with the composer of the soundtrack Mychael Danna, has been shortlisted for the song ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ in the movie. The song is in Tamil and is played at the beginning of the flick. The singer herself has penned the lyrics of the song.

‘Pi’, which starred Delhi boy Suraj Sharma in the lead and noted Indian actors like Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain, also gained nominations in the following categories – Best Film, Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Best Adapted Screenplay, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.


Lincoln, Life of Pi lead Oscar nominations

Jayashri is well known among Indian music buffs for her classical concerts, songs from Mahesh Dattani’s ‘Morning Raga’ and for the popular number ‘Vaseegara’ from the Tamil film Minnale.

If Jayashri wins an Oscar, she will be the sixth Indian to achieve the feat.

Bhanu Athaiya¬†is the first Indian national who won an Oscar, for Best Costume Design (with John Mollo) for the film¬†Gandhi¬†(1982). India’s pride¬†Satyajit Ray¬†received¬†an honorary Academy Award in 1991.

2008 was the best for India at Oscars. Music composer A.R. Rahman won two Oscars Рfor Best Score and Best Original Song (music) Рfor Slumdog Millionaire (2008) directed by Danny Boyle. For the same movie, Resul Pookutty won Best Sound Mixing (with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke). Poet and lyricist Gulzar also won Best Song (lyrics) for the song Jai Ho. However, Gulzar was not present at the ceremony to collect his Oscar.

We wish the Kolkata-born Bombay Jayashri all the very best and have our fingers crossed for the day when the awards will be announced – February 25 (Indian time).


About Pondicherry

Some parts of the movie was taken in Pondicherry, Tamil nadu an ex-French colony. Many anglo-indians are living in this area even now. The main languages of Pondicherry is Tamil, French, Malayalam and Telegu.

Pondicherry was designed based on the French grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets. The town is divided into two sections: the French Quarter (Ville Blanche¬†or ‘White town’) and the Indian quarter (Ville Noire¬†or ‘Black Town’.) Many streets still retain their French names, and French style villas are a common sight. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically¬†colonial style¬†with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and houses with large doors and grills. These French and Indian style houses are identified and their architecture is preserved from destruction by an organization named¬†INTACH. The use of the French language can still be seen and heard in Pondicherry.

French architectural styles are common, a reminder of the years that the territory formed part of French India.

Pondicherry still has a large number of Indian and a small number of non-Indian descent residents with French passports. These are descendants of those who chose to remain French when the then-ruling French establishment presented the people of Pondicherry with an option to either remain French or become Indians at the time of Pondicherry’s transfer to India in 1954.

Apart from the monuments pertaining to the French period, there is the French Consulate in Pondicherry and several cultural organisations. Another important one is Le Foyer du Soldat legion hall for soldiers who served in French wars.

Of the cultural organisations the¬†French Institute of Pondicherry, the Pondicherry Centre of the¬†√Čcole fran√ßaise d’Extr√™me-Orient¬†and a branch of the¬†Alliance Fran√ßaise¬†are noteworthy. A¬†French-medium school system, the¬†Lyc√©e Fran√ßais de Pondich√©ry, continues to operate under the aegis of the French¬†Minister of National Education.

The French atmosphere ambience a little corner of Europe. I would say it is one of the cleanest cities in the whole of India.

This story was deemed unfilmable. After the film “Lord of the rings”, this story was¬†believed¬†that it can be filmed regardless of the challenges. Confidence was given to the director, Ang Lee.


Life of Pi¬†is a fantasy adventure novel by¬†Yann Martel¬†published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi”¬†Patel, an Indian boy from¬†Pondicherry, explores issues of¬†spirituality¬†and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a¬†shipwreck¬†while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a¬†Bengal tiger¬†named¬†Richard Parker.

The novel was rejected by at least five London publishing houses¬†before being accepted by¬†Knopf Canada, which published it in September 2001. The UK edition won the¬†Man Booker Prize for Fiction¬†the following year.¬†¬†It was also chosen for¬†CBC Radio‘sCanada Reads¬†2003, where it was championed by author¬†Nancy Lee.¬†The French translation,¬†L’histoire de Pi, was chosen in the French version of the contest,¬†Le combat des livres, where it was championed by¬†Louise Forestier. Novel won the 2003¬†Boeke Prize, a South African novel award. In 2004, it won the¬†Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature¬†in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001‚Äď2003.¬†In 2012 it was adapted into a¬†theatrical feature film¬†directed by¬†Ang Lee¬†with a screenplay by¬†David Magee.

There is a general opinion when books are made into movies, usually the movies are not as good as the books. I strongly say this movie has reversed that opinion. Ang Lee and the whole team has to commended upon.

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This character PI, doesn’t look anything like this guy, Suraj Sharma.

Make up is everything

Make up is everything

More about the Protagonist:

Suraj Sharma was born in New Delhi, India, into a Malayali¬†family which originally hails from Thalassery, Kerala. His father is a software engineer from Thalassery¬†and his mother is an economist from a Palakkad¬†Brahmin family. He was one of the 3,000 actors to audition for the role of Piscine Molitor Patel. He has completed schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya where he is described as a popular kid who loved to play pranks. He is a passionate Manchester United fan. He had no former acting experience whatsoever, and auditioned only because he was there with his younger brother, who had asked him to come along, in return for a free meal. He was quoted as saying “Everyday I’m doing something I never did before,” pertaining to his experience in the movie. Sharma went through several rounds of auditions before winning the part.¬†Director Ang Lee¬†has stated that he selected Sharma primarily based on his expressive eyes and innocent appearance. According to him, Suraj had not only the emotion, but also the “look” of Pi. His “medium complexion” and “average build”(between 5ft6” and 6ft) was deemed perfect for the role.

Since filming¬†Life of Pi, Sharma has returned to studying philosophy at St. Stephen’s college¬†Delhi University, and intends to continue working in filmmaking in some capacity.¬†The movie has received critical acclaim and positive reviews for Sharma’s performance.

life-of-pi02After looking at this picture above a sudden memory of Avatar’s glowing healing tree came to my mind. Every living soul on this planet is linked with a thin strand. When a strand is pulled a specific reaction is seen. It is all a huge network.

Spoiler alert: if you have not watched the movie, please do not read the plot below.

The plot

Life of Pi¬†is divided into three sections. In the first section, the main character, Pi, an adult, reminisces about his childhood. He was named Piscine Molitor Patel after a¬†swimming pool in France. He changes his name to “Pi” when he begins secondary school, because he is tired of being taunted with the nickname “Pissing Patel”. His father owns a zoo in¬†Pondicherry, providing Pi with a relatively affluent lifestyle and some understanding of¬†animal psychology.


Pi is raised a¬†Hindu, but as a fourteen-year-old he is introduced to¬†Christianity¬†and¬†Islam, and starts to follow all three religions as he “just wants to love God.”¬†He tries to understand God through the lens of each religion and comes to recognize benefits in each one.

Eventually, his family decides to sell their zoo over a land dispute with the government, and sell the animals to various zoos around the world before immigrating to¬†Canada. In the second part of the novel, Pi’s family embarks on a Japanese freighter to Canada carrying some of the animals from their zoo, but a few days out of port, the ship meets a storm and capsizes, resulting in his family’s death. During the storm, Pi escapes death in a small¬†lifeboat¬†with a¬†spotted hyena, an injured¬†zebra, and an¬†orangutan.


As Pi strives to survive among the animals, the hyena kills the zebra, then the orangutan, much to Pi’s distress. At this point, it is discovered that a¬†Bengal tiger¬†named Richard Parker had been hiding under the boat’s¬†tarpaulin; it kills and eats the hyena. Frightened, Pi constructs a small raft out of flotation devices, tethers it to the boat, and retreats to it. He delivers some of the fish and water he harvests to Richard Parker to keep him satisfied,¬†conditioning¬†Richard Parker not to threaten him by rocking the boat and causing seasickness while blowing a whistle. Eventually, Richard Parker learns to tolerate Pi’s presence and they both live in the boat.


Pi recounts various events while adrift, including discovering an island of carnivorous algae inhabited by meerkats. After 227 days, the lifeboat washes up onto the coast of Mexico and Richard Parker immediately escapes into the nearby jungle.

In the third part of the novel, two officials from the Japanese Ministry of Transport speak to Pi to ascertain why the ship sank. When they do not believe his story, he tells an alternative story of human brutality, in which Pi was adrift on a lifeboat with his mother, a sailor with a broken leg, and the ship’s cook, who killed the sailor and Pi’s mother and cut them up to use as¬†bait¬†and food. Parallels to Pi’s first story lead the Japanese officials to believe that the orangutan represents his mother, the zebra represents the sailor, the hyena represents the cook, and Richard Parker is Pi himself.


After giving all the relevant information, Pi asks which of the two stories they prefer. Since the officials cannot prove which story is true and neither is relevant to the reasons behind the shipwreck, they choose the story with the animals. Pi thanks them and says, “and so it goes with God”. – Wikipedia

It was a beautiful and deep movie. It made me rethink my life. I would rate this movie 8.5/10 .

Here is a fun stats for those who have watched the movie.


Please go watch this movie at the theatres.

Enjoy, Prad ūüôā



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