Ang Lee breaks rules for Life of Pi

By Hindustan Times

Hollywood director Ang Lee says he broke every rule in his latest film, Life of Pi, bringing the best-selling novel into 3D life with a production featuring an unknown Indian actor, four tigers and the world’s biggest wave machine.

“There are a few classic advices in movies: never make a movie featuring animals, kids, water or 3D. We ignored all (of them),” says the Taiwanese-born American director.

Life of PiThe filmmaker had to pull out all the stops to get Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name on screen. The story, centred around a shipwrecked Indian boy called Pi who survives in a life raft with a Bengal tiger, posed obvious casting difficulties. Lee’s first solution came in the guise of Suraj Sharma, a hitherto unknown 17-year-old from Delhi who was picked out of 3,000 boys.

The first part of the film was then filmed