|Life of Pi (2012)|
|Rating: 8.0/10 (390,197 votes)
Director: Ang Lee
Writer: Yann Martel (novel), David Magee (screenplay)
Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Ayush Tandon, Gautam Belur
Runtime: 127 min
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Released: 21 Nov 2012
|Plot: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.|
A Canadian novelist named Yann Martel meets an Indian man, Pi Patel, with some knowledge from Pi’s late father’s friend, known to Pi as “Mamaji”, for a good book. Pi tells Yann his life story.
In a flashback, Pi’s father named him Piscine Molitor after a swimming pool in France. By the time he reached secondary school, he changed his name to “Pi” (the Greek letter, π) because he was tired of being called “Pissing Patel” (due to the pronunciation of his name). Pi is raised Hindu and vegetarian, but at 12 years old, he is introduced to Christianity and then Islam, and decides to follow all three religions as he “just wants to love God”. His mother supports his desire to grow, but his father, a rationalist, tries to convert him to his way by understanding rather than blindly. Pi’s family owns a zoo, and Pi took great interest in the animals, especially a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. When Pi tries feeding Richard Parker through the cage bars, since his religious interests lead him to believe that animals had souls, his enraged father runs in and tells him that Richard Parker is dangerous and would kill him if it had the chance, and so his father forces Pi to witness Richard Parker killing a goat to prove his point.