'Life Of Pi' will be an exceptional film: Irrfan
'Life of Pi' is an adaptation of Yann Martel's bestselling novel of the same name and tells the story of a boy named Pi Patel.
New Delhi: After starring in international projects like 'Slumdog Millionaire' and the recently released 'The Amazing Spider-Man', Irrfan says his next Hollywood film, Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi', is going to be exceptional.
'Life of Pi' is an adaptation of Yann Martel's bestselling novel of the same name and tells the story of a boy named Pi Patel and his incredible survival at sea against impossible odds.
The 45-year-old actor plays the grown-up Pi in the film that marks the 'Brokeback Mountain' helmer's first 3D creation. "'Life Of Pi' is going to be an exceptional film. It is based on a very intelligent book. It was very difficult to adapt it into a film but the director did a fantastic job with it.
"It is Ang's first 3D film and I am sure people are going to like it. With this film he has done something extraordinary," said Irrfan, who was in the Capital to attend the ongoing 12th Osians Film Festival.
'Life of Pi' also stars Suraj Sharma, Tabu, Adil Hussain and Hollywood star Tobey Maguire. The fantasy film will hit Indian theatres on November 21, a month ahead of its US release.
Irrfan's latest Hollywood release, Marc Webb's 'The Amazing Spider-Man', saw him play an important role as Dr Ratha and he said that the success of the film came a surprise to him.
"I never had any hopes for that role. I was not expecting anything. I enjoyed working with the director and I am happy that the film is doing so well. I am also very happy for Andrew (Garfield, who plays Spider-Man in the film). In the
end it feels good to see a film succeed," he said.
Irrfan's last Bollywood venture was director Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Paan Singh Tomar' based on the true story of an athlete-turned-rebel by the same name. The film that was made on a shoestring budget of Rupees 8 crore, went on to become
one of the biggest hits of this year.
"'Paan Singh' earned more than double. It is very tricky to judge a film by how much it collects at the Box Office. I have realised that a film is only considered successful if it makes money, irrespective of the content. That is something I am fighting for now," Irrfan said.
The actor has been riding on the wave of appreciation post 'Paan Singh' and when asked if he and Dhuluia are trying to redefine stardom, Irrfan said, "That is what we thought when I made 'Haasil'. We both wanted to redefine entertainment, stardom comes much later. "We had plans but it did not quite succeed. We had to
wait for it. I am still trying but I think I am getting there," he added.
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