Press Trust of India
November 17, 2012 14:59 IST
Ayush Tandon has been trained by his father in dance and acting skills
Ayush Tandon, who will be seen in
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's upcoming film Life of Pi is
not only pursuing his dream of becoming an actor but also his
The 14-year-old is the son of TV actor Hatinder and
will be seen playing the role of young Pi in Lee's film, which
is set to open at IFFI in Goa.
"My father came here to become an actor. It was his
dream. He got me into acting through advertisements and films.
Today, even my dream is to become an actor," Ayush told PTI.
Ayush has been trained by his father in dance and
"I am happy that what I was unable to do...achieve
that my son is doing. He is fulfilling my dream. It is all
because of the blessings of almighty that Ayush is doing good
work," his father Hatinder said.
When Ayush was signed on for this film he was not much
aware about Lee and hence started looking out for information
"When we received a message that Ang Lee sir has
selected me I started to dig information about him. I had
watched his movie 'Hulk' but was not aware that he had
directed it. The experience was such that it could not be
erased from my memory," he said.
Ayush also said that he got to know about the casting
for this film through an agency and was ecstatic when he
finally got selected after two-three rounds of auditions.
Talking about his role, Ayush says, "I play the role
of a school going kid up to the age of 12 whose name is
actually Piscine Moliter Patel. He is teased by his classmates
as 'Pissing' which forced him to adopt Pi a short for
Life Of Pi is based on Yann Martel's novel and also
stars debutante Suraj Sharma, who plays the older Pi, along
with Tabu and Irrfan Khan.
"I underwent workshop in Taiwan for getting the accent
right and make-up. It was a great learning experience," he
The film centres around Pi, who is raised in
Pondicherry with his family which runs a zoo. They decide to
immigrate to Canada, taking the animals along with them on a
huge freighter ship steaming from India.
But a terrible storm destroys the ship.. the family
and animals perish... only Pi survives on a stranded lifeboat
with Bengal Tiger. They miraculously survive 227 days at sea.
"I got to shoot in Taiwan, Pondicherry. It was great
experience. It was like family. Ang Lee sir is very simple and
friendly person," Ayush said.
He also worked with Priyanka Chopra in Vishal
Bharadwaj's film 7 Khoon Maaf.
Ayush has more than 50 ad films to his credit. The
young artist has also been receiving offers for acting in
films, TV serials and reality shows as well but his family
wants him to complete his studies first.
"We don't want to push Ayush too much. We want him to
concentrate on his studies. Hence we are being choosy about
the projects as we don't want to affect his studies," his
father Hatinder said, who has worked in serials like Balika
Vadhu, Fear Files and others.