Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:30:00 GMT | By PTI

Will go around the world to introduce ‘Pi’: Lee

Ang Lee, who spent almost four years translating Yann Martel’s India-set fantasy adventure ‘Life of Pi’ to the screen, feels a sense of belonging to Pi’s journey and is ready to go around the world to introduce the movie.


Will go around the world to introduce ‘Pi’: Lee (© Varinder Chawla)

"There is nothing more important to me than this movie right now. I hope it works. I will go around the world to introduce Pi. I am looking forward to how the audiences play the movie in their head. I don’t have a control over it but I hope they like it," said the mild-mannered director in an interview.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who is behind genre-defying movies like ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’, ‘Hulk’ and ‘Brokeback Mountain’, believes that destiny played an important role in getting him to direct the movie, which changed hands with many directors before landing Lee.

The project has been in the making for almost a decade and directors like M Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuaron and Jean Pierre Jeunet were involved with it briefly. Finally, Fox approached Lee in February 2009.

"I read the book when it first came out and four years ago, Fox Star Studios approached me to direct it. I immediately got hooked and knew that I was undertaking a huge responsibility," said Lee, who is on a promotional visit here.

Talking about his predecessors, Lee says, "They backed off for different reasons and some never got involved. I don’t know what was the story. There was one director who even spent two years animating few things but they fall apart. It finally came to me. I think every movie has its own fate.

"When I started doing the movie I felt like I had a sense of belonging. I started longing to be a part of it and the movie became mine. I don’t look at the previous history or the future," he said.

The trailers of the film show some stunning images of India and the cultural aspects of Pondicherry, the setting of the story. Lee worked hard to get the cultural aspects right.

"I came here and I did my research, only then I started to think about structuring the story. I started putting pictures in my head about the Indian part in the film. We shot in Pondicherry, Munnar for the Indian segment and spent around a year to improve visualisation and computer animation for the ocean part," Lee said.

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