Releasing today in India, many people are excited to watch the film that speaks of sheer determination and the power of the sea among many other things. Many critics have patted the director on the back for making a film that was difficult and had many challenges.
When asked, Ankit Singh, Hindustan Times journalist and a film student said, “Turning a novel into a film is in itself a challenge as both belong to different media. A director's creativity lies in translating texts into visuals which sometimes does not go that well. Since I have read the book I know that this book especially was difficult owing to the fact that almost one third of the book is set in the ocean with a boy and a tiger on a boat.”
While everyone is marveling at the director's bravery, almost all the critics say that Lee has been able to bring a lot of emotions through the film, which makes the film such a 'hard to forget' experience. It is said that once the audience gets adjusted to Suraj Sharma's (the boy playing Pi in the film) accent and the music of tabla in the background, they become one with Pi. It is almost as if they are experiencing life on a boat with a tiger in the middle of the ocean. The tiger is the metaphor for persistence of life while sea is the metaphor for all the challenges life offers us.
Irrfaan Khan is once again seen in a Hollywood film and this time too he is being loved for his performance. Tabu's timeless beauty has finally got her international fame and Suraj Sharma, the 16-year-old boy from Delhi is innocent and a pleasant revelation to the amount of creativity India has. Ang Lee remains the hero of the film as he brings an experience so spiritual that audience feels one with the character of Pi. The film does not however give any answers to the life's question and for that one must read the novel of Yann Martel.