LIFE OF PI (2012)

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You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did…

The boy with the irrational nickname, the boy who had a story to tell, and not just any story- Life Of Pi is the story of a boy open to unlimited possibilities just like the limitless ratio of pi.

Pi is put into a situation where everything dear to him is taken away harshly. He has to learn to function outside his comfort zone- something that we as humans find hard to do. When life corners people, they either give in or give up. Lost at sea, on a little boat with a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker, there’s not much he can do, except count the days.  Pi chose to give in and surrender to what life had to teach him. As every layer of the story is peeled off, we see the many layers of the Ego unfolding simultaneously. When nothing is left, he humbles himself, turns to God and thanks him for the experience.

When I thought God was indifferent about my sufferings, He was watching, and gave me rest.

The magnificent floating carnivorous island  seems like a dream come true at first for a famished and almost dying boy, but it paradoxically symbolizes both salvation and temptation. He is provided with sufficient food during the day, but during the night, the island digests everything in it! How very like the nature of life, where balance is the key to living it. The tiger is a metaphor of fear. Ultimately every person has to confront their fears so that they can reach their true self.

Eventually, when Pi is washed to an island where he’s rescued, Richard Parker whom he’s grown to be attached to walks away without looking back and Pi although devastated, understands the impermanent nature of life.

I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.

A grown up Pi narrates this adventure to a writer who listens open mouthed. He also tells him a much more realistic story and then asks him which one he believed. The writer chose the one with the tiger. Piscene Molitor Patel smiles and says,

Thank you. And so it goes with God.

In life we have all been given free will. So how would you rather have yours- one with no miracles or one with limitless possiblities?

The movie’s visuals surprises us with the eerie calm of the ocean reflecting the vast sky, the glowing underwater creatures, and of course, Richard Parker makes us doubt if he is animated or just a really well trained tiger. Tabu was graceful as always, Suraj Sharma amazed us with his emotive skills and Irfan Khan proved he is a great story teller.

My rating for this movie 5/5

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55 Comments Add yours

  1. Pablo Pereira says:

    Sounds extremely interesting and worth watching. Well done!

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    1. Leha says:

      Thanks a lot Rho 🙂

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  2. Yadav says:

    Actually the Tiger was both real and animated. At close counters animated, and solo shots real

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    1. Leha says:

      Wow thanks for the info 🙂

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    2. Firoz says:

      Wonderful..

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  3. Tina Basu says:

    The Tiger in the film was amazing. full marks for CGI

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    1. Leha says:

      Yes, indeed!

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  4. richa mina says:

    i’ve seen movie n number of times and i love the picturization of movie if it was possible i’d have given the movie 6/5 lol

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    1. Leha says:

      Hahaha 6/5 sounds perfect!

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  5. msarora says:

    I love this movie

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  6. BellyBytes says:

    I enjoyed the book but was frankly quite disappointed with the movie. Firstly all the characters were terribly miscast and didn’t fit in with my idea of who they all were. And the movie really dragged and in the end I really wished they had all drowned ( I actually felt motion sick with all the rocking and rolling)

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    1. Leha says:

      Hahaha, don’t we all like the books better than the movies 😉

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  7. Deepa says:

    I loved the book and the movie was ok. The storyline is good and a great job by the tiger.

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    1. Leha says:

      I must read the book now!

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  8. This is a nice movie, I watched is long back…the lion did a fab job.

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  9. sinjanag says:

    I loved this book and also the movie! I loved your review too

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    1. Leha says:

      Thanks so much:)

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  10. sujatatawde says:

    Life Of Pi , i have heard so much about the movie , but did not watch as I am not much of a movie-person. Thanks to your review , I am excited enough to watch it #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawdeReads

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    1. Leha says:

      Oh, am sure you will like it:)

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  11. This book is one of my favorite list, thanks for your explanation

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  12. Rashi Roy says:

    Indeed, a fantastic movie and your review is just apt.

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    1. Leha says:

      Thanks Rashi!

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  13. mylittleduniya says:

    nice review of the movie. Haven’t watched it yet.

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    1. Leha says:

      Hope you do soon!

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  14. rashmi says:

    I have seen the movie and loved it.

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  15. I have seen this movie. Hats off to the imagination of the writer and the skills of director. It was a delight to watch.
    #mannredas from http://www.orientalafterglow.com

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  16. Fantastic movie. Lots to learn from it, and you did mentiona a few important points.

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    1. Leha says:

      Yeah it is a beautiful movie that teaches so much

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  17. Hema says:

    A very beautifully written review. I can watch the movie again and again just love it.
    http://www.zenithbuzz.in
    #MyFriendAlexa #zenithbuzzreads

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    1. Leha says:

      Thank you. I might watch it again too

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  18. Sudhendra Devi says:

    Hey Leh! Review was quite visual that it made me nostalgic 😅

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    1. Leha says:

      Thank you so much:)

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  19. alpanadeo says:

    I have watched this movie and it was just awesome.

    #MothersGurukulreads #Myfriendalexa

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    1. Leha says:

      Isn’t it:) Thanks for reading

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  20. Nidhi Rawal Gautam says:

    The movie is a masterpiece because of the cinematography. The movie is worth watching and reading the book is also a different experience.

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  21. Monika says:

    I had loved the movie . You have written a detailed review.

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  22. Sudip Saha says:

    I have watched this movie and I totally loved it. Full marks for VFX

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  23. Intriguingly, this is the only movie I thought was better than the book. I know many would disagree with me, but I did not enjoy the book as much I liked watching the movie.

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    1. Leha says:

      I’ve heard many say that! Well, the visuals were certainly enchanting, there’s no denying that.

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  24. Anmol Rawat says:

    I might pick up the book someday in future, not right now as I still have the movie quite vivid in my mind. Nice review though!

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    1. Leha says:

      I plan to read the book later too. Thanks:)

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  25. Definitely worth a watch kinda movie…great review..

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  26. What a beautiful review. I have watched this movie two times in the theatre. After watching it the first time, I read the book and then came back to watch the movie again.
    Lovely movie which has a lot of life lessons

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    1. Leha says:

      Indeed, it does. I must read the book.

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  27. Bushra says:

    The plot sounds intriguing. Seems like a good watch for weekend. #dewreads
    #MyFriendAlexa

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  28. Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar says:

    This is one of my most loved movies as I have watched it many times, in fact, last week only, one of my colleagues from Georgia mentioned it that he has also watched it and loved it too.

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