Movie: Life Of Pi
Release date: 23 November 2012
Directed by Ang Lee
Screenplay by David Magee
Based on Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu
Life of Pi revolves around a South Indian boy named Pi Patel. He narrates the story of his life to an author. The story is about his survival in the pacific ocean with a tiger, Richard Parker. Pi was only 16 at the time of this adventurous incident.
Life Of Pi was an international success. It was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Awards aka the Oscars.
Pi tells the viewers two versions of the same story. The first being the one in which the animals are involved. The second version is the one where the animals are replaced by humans. Both the stories are essentially the same. His mother is the orangutan, the sailor is the zebra, and the cook is the hyena.
The cook(hyena) kills the sailor (zebra) and Pi’s mother (orangutan), after which Pi kills the cook. Pi compares himself to Richard Parker, that is, the tiger. Pi leaves it for us to decide which version of the story we want to believe. There is no correct truth. It all depends on our preferences. The movie’s intention was to leave the question unanswered. We could interpret the movie as we like.
It is also possible that none of us have interpreted the movie the way the creators wanted us to, and that is totally fine. Perspective plays an important role.
Some people have always talked about the religious aspects of the movie. In the beginning, we see Pi’s confusion with faith. Pi’s story can make one believe in God since it is next to impossible for somebody to survive in the vast ocean and an eating island, with a tiger. A person who believes in God or a supernatural element will easily believe the animal story as compared to someone who doesn’t believe in anything at all.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, leading even non-believers to believe in the existence of a supernatural being. However, one must remember that in no point during the movie did Pi force anyone to believe. He leaves it upon them to decide if they want to believe it or not.
It is also possible that the “truth” is a mixture of both the stories. Like everything else, this is totally subjective and has multiple interpretations. The lockdown has given us a lot of free time. Maybe you could ponder about the movie too! Which version of the story do you prefer?
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