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Robin Bansal, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 16, 2012
Oscar-award winning Taiwanese-American filmmaker Ang Lee is coming to India. The producer-director, who has to his credit flicks such as The Hulk, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, will be visiting the country to promote his upcoming flick, Life of Pi. Starring Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Tobey Maguire and Gerard Depardieu, the 3D fantasy adventure is based on the Booker-winning novel of the same name by Yann Martel.

“As far as we know, he is coming this year,” says an officer from the press division of the Taiwan embassy. A representative from Fox Star Studios, distributors of the flick in India says, “He’ll be here somewhere around December, just like Jon Landau came here to promote Titanic 3D. We’ll try to get (the film’s actors) Irrfan and Tabu too around that time (for the promotions).”

The 57-year-old shot about 30% of the film in Puducherry early last year after a six-month recce with his pre-production team. The novel, set in Puducherry of the 1970S, narrates the ordeals of a young Indian boy, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, sharing a life boat for over 200 days with a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, a female orangutan and a 45-pound Royal Bengal tiger.