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Ang Lee shoots in India for Life of Pi

Puduchery, Jan 19 (): Oscar-winning director Ang Lee began shooting the film “Life of Pi” at the century old Holy Rosary Church based in the coastal town. The film is based on Booker Prize winning novel “Life of Pi” by Canadian author Yann Martel.

The sequences showing the lead character’s childhood would be shot at various locations in the Union territory until January 31 before the unit moves to mid-sea locations off Taiwan and Thailand. The childhood is set in the 1970’s of Pondichery now renamed Puduchery. Though many of the locations  remain the same the market and the railway station had undergone many changes. To create the right ambience the crew has rented out grounds in a private college where the market and railway station would be recreated.

The director has actor Tabu for the role of Pi’s mother, Sonu Sood as Pi’s father, Adil Hussain, Irrfan Khan and French actor Gerard Depardieu among others in major roles in the 3D film. About 30 percent of the film will be shot in Puduchery.

The story is a magical adventure centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

Ang Lee is the first Asian director to bag an Oscar, Lee has several films to his credit including Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), Hulk (2003) and Brokeback Mountain (2005), which fetched him an Oscar.