"Ang Lee's Life Of Pi starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Tabu has made it to the prestigious list of Golden Globe Nominations for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director (Ang Lee), and Best Original Score (Mychael Danna)."
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. 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. The 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 2001–2003. In 2012 it was adapted into a theatrical feature film directed by Ang Lee with a screenplay by David Magee.
Principal photography for the film began on 18 January 2011 in Pondicherry, India at the Holy Rosary Church in Muthialpet. Filming continued in Pondicherry until 31 January and moved to other parts of India as well as director Ang Lee's home country, Taiwan. The crew filmed in Taiwan for five and a half months in Taichung and Kenting National Park, located in Pingtung County where Lee was born. In Taiwan, the ocean scenes of the film were shot at a giant wave tank built by the crew in the abandoned Taichung Shui-nan Airport. The tank is known as the world’s largest self-generating wave tank, with a capacity of 1.7 million gallons. After photography was completed in Taiwan, production moved back to India and concluded in Montreal, Canada.
The film's musical score was composed by Mychael Danna, who previously wrote the music to Lee's films The Ice Storm and Ride with the Devil.
After 3,000 men auditioned for the film's lead, Lee chose to cast Suraj Sharma, a 17-year-old student and an acting newcomer, in October 2010.