After bagging the fifth position in the Hollywood box office division, Life of Pi is now all set to break local box office records with its debut in Pakistan.
The premiere of the movie, held at Karachi Atrium Cinemas, was graced by the presence of some A-list celebs. The ambiance for the movie premiere was done to capture the essence of the movie with a life size replica of the life boat set up in the passage leading to the box office, making the red carpet event a truly breath-taking experience for the guests.
Speaking at the occasion, Nadeem H Mandviwalla, managing director of Mandviwalla Entertainment said, “Karachi Atrium Cinemas has always been eager to bring in exciting movies for the general public and there can be no bigger attraction than this season’s most anticipated movie – Life of Pi.”
“There is a huge buzz for Ang Lee’s latest epic adaptation of the famous novel around the world with Pakistan being no exception. That’s why in collaboration with 20th Century Fox and Paramount Communications, we have brought this epic visual masterpiece to Pakistani cinemas,” Mandviwalla said about the new venture.
The plot of Life of Pi is based on the magical adventure of a boy named Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper, and a tiger adrift at sea. Pi’s family – dwellers of Pondicherry, India – decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.
The movie has been directed by Academy Award Winner Ang Lee, who has admirably lavished the tale with sheer natural beauty through 3D effects and some excellent camera work. The cast of the movie has some debutants, including Suraj Sharma who plays Pi Patel. Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain are three famous Indian actors who have crossed the bridge from Bollywood to showcase their skills, under the expertise of Ang Lee, to an international audience.
Saqib Malik, a video director, also present at the event said, “Despite its epic scale and visual splendor, I found Life of Pi to be an intimate and poignant film about love against all odds. Suraj Sharma soared as Pi, providing the film with its soul. And Richard Parker, the computer generated Bengal Tiger, has to be the most magnificent beast seen on screen in a while.”
Mandviwalla said, “We are certain that Life of Pi will let the Pakistani audience become a part of a memorable adventure.”
Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2012.