3D adventure film Life of Pi trailer receives 1.5 million hits on first day

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The official trailer of the upcoming 3D adventure film Life of Pi made its debut on YouTube on September 25 and was viewed nearly 1.5 million times on the same day. The English film starring Indian actor Suraj Sharma is scheduled to release on November 23.

Ang Lee's 3D adventure film Life of Pi releases on November 23
Image: YouTube still (FoxStarIndia)

The film Life of Pi is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by the same name written by author Yann Martel in 2001.

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The film is directed by Ang Lee, the Oscar-winning director who is famous for his movies including Hulk, Brokeback Mountain and Sense and Sensibility among others. Lee, Gil Netter and David Womark are the producers of the film.

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The film was produced for an extravagant budget of $100m – to put this in context, James Cameron’s 2009 3D film Avatar was produced on a budget of $237m.

Indian actor Suraj Sharma in Life of Pi which also stars Tabi and Irrfan Khan
Image: YouTube still (FoxStarIndia)

Life of Pi is a story about a 16-year-old boy named Pi Patel from Pondicherry who survives a sinking freighter that kills everyone else. It tracks Pi's survival for more than 200 days as well as his adventures and bonding with a Bengal tiger, a zebra, kangaroos, an orangutan and a hyena.

The short 2-minute trailer captures audience’s imagination by showing a young Pi surviving a shipwreck by jumping into the Pacific ocean and then getting hold of a life boat. He then emerges in a far-fetched island of golden sun, sand and water. Pi then fights a tiger for his survival and is shown surviving alongside wild beasts and then befriending them. There are also glimpses of Pi’s happy life before he got lost.  

The English film is based on the best-selling novel by the same name
Image: YouTube still (FoxStarIndia)

One of the highlights of the trailer is a huge illuminated dolphin making an appearance.

The film also features other acclaimed Bollywood actors including Tabu who plays Pi’s mother and Irrfan Khan who plays the adult character of Pi. Other actors in the film are Adil Hussain, Shravanthi Sainath, Rafe Spall and Gerard Depardieu.

The audience have already given the trailer of 3D film Life of Pi a resounding welcome on YouTube. Many have said that they have read and loved the book and are looking forward to the release of the film later this year.

Watch the official trailer of 3D film Life of Pi here:

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