Thursday, November 29, 2012

Life of Pi

Another interesting and thought provoking movie. Life of Pi is directed by Ang Lee. The movie is based on the book by the same title written by Yann Martel, who won 2 book prize award for his novel in 2003 and 2004.

 I entered the cinema late and missed the starting 15 minutes.  What a pity. Maybe I will catch it again since I enjoyed its humour and fantastic cinematography. I look forward to getting hold of the book too.

The setting for the novel is in Pondicherry, India. The story is philosophical without sounding serious. It is also religious without trying to sell any particular faith. In fact, it is all embracing as the leading character Pi, is a Hindu, Christine and a Muslim all in one. He does not find it conflicting, though his father advised him to decide on a single path.

The story center around the adventure of Pi when he was stranded in a life boat with a zebra, an orang utan, a hyena and a tiger, after the ship capsized, drowning everyone on it, including his family.

It is both touching and humorous, - his relationship with the Bengal tiger, named Richard Parker, which drifted with him on the lifeboat in Pacific Ocean for 227 days, before he was rescued.

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