'Life of Pi' brings India in focus at Oscars
New Delhi: An Indian story has once again claimed spotlight at the Oscars with Ang Lee directed 'Life of Pi' bagging 11 nominations in major categories, including a nod for Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri.
Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln', which is leading in the Oscar nominations with 12 nods, also has an India connect, with the producer being Anil Ambani owned Reliance-DreamWorks.
While David O Russell-directed comedy 'The Silver Linings Playbook' stars Anupam Kher in a pivotal role.
After 'Slumdog Millionaire' swept the Oscars in 2009, Lee's film has again brought an Indian story to the fore by garnering second highest nominations at the 85th Academy awards announced yesterday.
The Oscar-winning director chose an entirely Indian cast for 'Pi' depicting Indian culture beautifully in the adventure-drama. He shot the 3D film in places like Munnar and Pondicherry in South India.
Lee made several trips to India and finally chose Delhi student Suraj Sharma to play the lead in the film, over 3000 others. He also cast noted Indian actors - Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain to play key roles in the film.
Reacting to the film's success at the nominations, Hussain told us, "I am overwhelmed and feel privileged to be a part of this great movie as an Indian actor, being a stage actor primarily. I was expecting the film and Lee to be nominated in major categories but 11 nods is really great."
'Life of Pi', adapted from Yann Martel's novel of the same name, is the survival story of an Indian boy lost in the ocean with a Bengal tiger for over 227 days. The film, produced by Fox Star Studios, did very well at the Indian box office, earning 90 crores.
Jayashri is nominated in the Original song category for "Pi's Lullaby" alongwith the composer Michael Danna.
Congratulating the Carnatic vocalist on her nomination, Oscar-winner A R Rahman tweeted, "Congrats to Bombay Jayashree. First ever Academy Award nomination for a Tamil song."
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