details about the movie directed by ang lee produced by gil netter ang lee david womark screenplay by david magee based on. life of pi by yann martel starring suraj sharma irrfan khan tabu adil hussain rafe spall gérard a similar sentiment was echoed by leading newspaper indian express critic shubhra gupta who also gave it three-and-a-half stars what stops it from being completely spectacular is the directors faltering with the cultural specificities of being indian. so what you get is a not-so-satisfactory beginning a gorgeous middle and a too-sedate ending. the hindustan times rashid irani awarded the film a four-star rating a tale full of sound fury and state-of-the-art special effects life of pi is a one-of-a-kind dazzler. oscars ahoy. praise for the films india locales and especially 16-year-old delhi-based newcomer suraj sharmas performance was also unanimous with leading newsmagazine india todays vinayak chakravorty four star review stating: that lees vision of the story will be splendid becomes obvious in the opening frames as the camera laps up scenic pondicherry. suraj sharma gets the mix of grit and misery just right for his role. his act gives this film its beautiful emotional core. south india-based the hindu newspapers sudhish kamath wrote young suraj sharma couldnt have asked for a better debut and performs like a veteran. this is a performance that will instantly make people draw comparisons with tom hanks in castaway and suraj wouldnt fare any less in the contest. beyond the critics life of pi has also found favor with some leading bollywood personalities who tweeted their views on the film. life of pi must watch.. its message will have multiple interpretations and will be open to post viewing analysis. thats the fun of it director karan johar posted on his twitter account. awards achieved by life of pi won 4 oscars.another 78 wins 129 nominations. oscar winner best achievement in directing ang lee oscar winner best achievement in cinematography claudio miranda oscar winner best achievement in music written for motion pictures original score mychael danna oscar winner best achievement in visual effects academy award for best director 2013 ang lee academy award for best visual effects 2013 erik de boer bill westenhofer guillaume rocheron academy award for best original music score 2013 mychael danna academy award for best cinematography 2013 claudio miranda golden globe award for best original score 2013 mychael danna bafta award for best special visual effects 2013 erik de boer bill westenhofer guillaume rocheron mtv movie award for best scared-as-shit performance 2013 suraj sharma bafta award for best cinematography 2013 claudio miranda critics choice movie award for best cinematography 2013 claudio miranda critics choice movie award for best visual effects 2013 satellite award for best adapted screenplay 2012 david magee satellite award for best cinematography 2012 claudio miranda adg excellence in production design awards fantasy film 2013 david gropman bandung film festival for the best imported drama film 2013 20th century fox ang lee ratp life of pi a visual masterpiece there was nothing easy about the making of the oscar-award winning movie life of pi a film that took a book about philosophy and being lost at sea and turned it into a visually-stunning 3d experience. not only did the crew build the worlds biggest wave pool in movie history and create an entire storyline around a boy on a boat with a tiger which was virtually an animation and wasnt even there ay the time of filming actor suraj sharma who plays the role of pi patel did not even know the way to swim. the whole film was also shot in 3d not partially in 2d.