News|October 30, 2010 12:17 am

Delhi’s Boy Suraj in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

Many actors in Bollywood try hard to be an actor in Hollywood but few of them are successful. Is it so hard to become an actor in Hollywood? At least not for 17-year-old student Suraj Sharma, son of two mathematicians, who has no experience in acting but he is debuting his acting career from Ang Lee’s ” Life Of Pi, an adaptation of Yann Martel’s Booker Prize winning novel.

Suraj has beaten around 3000 others and bagged the lead role in the film. It was indeed a strenuous hunt for the director but he is satisfied as Suraj is believable as Pi. The director says,

“We searched throughout India for a young man who had the innocence to capture our attention, the depth of character to break our hearts, and the physicality needed to embody Pi on his journey. He filled the room with emotion, much of which he conveyed simply through his eyes. His natural ability to believe and stay in the world of the story is a rare treasure.”

Suraj will play a character of a boy, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel from Pondicherry who survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger.