Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee
could not attend a special screening of Life of Pi here but
in a special message the director expressed his gratitude "for
all the help and inspiration I got from India."
The special screening of Life of Pi was organised by Taipei
Economic and Cultural Centre in India (TECC) last evening
which was also the birthday of its lead star Suraj Sharma who
attended the event with co-star Adil Hussain.
TECC held the screening to celebrate the film's success
at the recent Oscars.
"I'm sorry I cannot physically be here today, but I am
here in spirit. Life of Pi is a very special journey. I feel
like it's karma that brought me to the project, and to India.
I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude
for all the help and inspiration I got from India," said Lee's
statement, read out by Ambassador Chung-Kwang Tien.
Lee, who won the Best Director Oscar this year for his 3D
fantasy-adventure, said: "I was deeply inspired by the
culture, and the government provided enormous support in the
making of the film. The brilliant Indian cast brought the
story to life, and was embraced by the whole world."
The yesterday's screening coincided with Suraj's 20th
birthday. TECC had organized a birthday celebration for the
"Irrfan, Tabu, Adil, Ayush were all wonderful, and what
can I say about the incredible Suraj Sharma, who carried so
much of the film on his shoulders? But most of all, when I
filmed here, the skill and the friendly support from the local
crew really warmed my heart," Lee said before wishing Suraj
on his birthday.
Directed by Taiwan-born Lee and starring Indian actors
like Sharma, Hussain, Irrfan and Tabu in key roles, Life of Pi
represents the best of Indo-Taiwanese collaborations.
Ambassador Tien said the film was a beautiful example of
how both countries can work together and deepen relations.
"Ang Lee, a director from Taiwan makes a beautiful film
with Indian actors based on a story from this country. This is
a perfect example of how both India and Taiwan can cooperate
in various spheres," Tien said.