What's the Difference between Life of Pi the Book and Life of Pi the Movie?


Life of Pi

Released: 2001
Author: Yann Martel

Life of Pi

Released: 2012
Director: Ang Lee
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Pi Patel
Pi Patel
Portrayed by: Suraj Sharma
Older Pi
Older Pi
Portrayed by: Irfran Khan
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Portrayed by: Shravanthi Sainath
Life of Pi Book vs Movie
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   This doesn't happen. When Richard Parker jumps overboard to chase the fish, Pi jumps onto the boat and removes the floor boards and uses them to make the raft much bigger and stronger.
   Pi is quietly playing when his father comes and takes him and Ravi to the Tiger's cage. Babu the keeper of the cats delivers a goat into an adjacent cage. He unties the goat. The lone tiger, Mahisha is waiting. The gate between the two is opened and the tiger goes and kills the goat. Pi takes Ravi to the tiger's cage. He says he wants to see the new tiger, Richard Parker. He grabs some meat and holds it through the bars. Richard comes into view and Ravi runs away. Pi stares into the tiger's eyes. Pi's father arrives and pulls him away. He then gets the keeper to grab a goat. They tie it to the bars and wait while Richard Parker comes and kills the goat and pulls it through the bars and drags it off to eat it.
   Richard Parker marks his territory by peeing under the tarpaulin. Pi marks the top of the tarpaulin with his urine to establish his territory. Richard Parker doesn't retaliate Pi pees on the tarpaulin and Richard Parker retaliates by turning around and spraying him in the face
   Pi's religious mentors all come across Pi and his parents at the same time at a restaurant. They realize that he is practicing all 3 religions at the same time. A fact his parents were not aware of until this point. There is a debate between the mentors about their different religions and they tell Pi he must choose one. This run-in never happens. Pi's parents are aware of his religious practices. They tell him be must choose one over a family dinner.
   After telling the alternate story to the two Japanese insurance people he asks them which of the two stories they like better. They agree they like the story with the animals better. This story is presented as a transcript. Pi has the transcript and give it to the writer. After telling the writer about the alternate story with the sailor, cook and his mother he asks the writer which story he liked better. The writer says the one with the animals.
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