LIFE OF PI, the 100 million dollar film directed by Oscar winner Ang Lee will have as wide a release as any other Hollywood tent pole movie in India, covering more than three hundred 3D screens across the country. According to Vijay Singh, the CEO of Fox Star, the film will also be dubbed in various Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Though he did not specify the number of screens and locations, there are indications that it might be released over more than 800 screens, making it the widest ever release of a Hollywood film with a debutant Indian actor in the lead.
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The film’s worldwide theatrical release is slated for November 23. It stars Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Suraj Sharma, Adil Hussain and Gerard Depardieu. It had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival some time back and is also the opening film at the International Film Festival of India, Goa (IFFI, Goa) this year. The film’s director Ang Lee presented a curtain raiser of his film to the media and a select gathering of Bollywood celebrities in the presence of the film’s Indian cast, and the CEO of Fox Star Studios Vijay Singh in Mumbai on 29th October, 2012.
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LIFE OF PI is based on an adapted screenplay of a best-selling novel by the same name by Yann Martel. It is being promoted as an adventure film and a 3D visual extravaganza that tells the story of a 16-year-old Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) of Pondicherry, who survives a shipwreck along with animals like an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a Royal Bengal Tiger. The film metaphorically explores the issues of spirituality, religion and life and has been hailed as one of the most important films of the year by well-known international critics and is expected to be in the race for the Oscars in 2013. The Time magazine has even gone to the extent of terming it the next AVATAR for its 3D technical wizardry and spectacular visual style.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)