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Ang Lee says 'Namaste' at Oscars, Indian fans ecstatic

New Delhi, Feb 25, 2013 (IANS)
Director Ang Lee accepts the Oscar for Best direting from actor Michael Douglas onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO

It was a big moment for Ang Lee when he won the best director Oscar for “Life of Pi” at the 85th Academy Awards, but it was a bigger moment for his Indian fans when he ended his acceptance speech with “Namaste”. From author Shobhaa De to internationally acclaimed actor Kabir Bedi, all are ecstatic.

"Life of Pi" narrates the journey of an Indian boy who survives a storm. Widely shot in India, the fantasy adventure drama stars young Delhi-based Suraj Sharma in the lead role, with acclaimed Indian actors Irrfan and Tabu seen in prominent roles in the movie, a big screen adaptation of Canadian author Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

During his acceptance speech, Lee thanked his producers, "Indian crew", Suraj and all technicians who worked on the movie.

"Suraj, where are you," he said, and the cameras focussed on Suraj, who made his acting debut with the movie. And finally Lee wrapped up the speech saying: "Namaste."
Here is what Bollywood celebrities tweeted following his speech:

Shobhaa De: Ang Lee's "Namaste" during his Oscar's acceptance speech worth more than the Golden Statuette in his hands.

Kabir Bedi: Yes 'Life of Pi' wins four Oscars, with most deserved Best Director Oscar for Ang Lee, who ended speech with "Namaste".

Ranganathan Madhavan (R. Madhavan): "Namaste" at the Oscars... About time... Love you Mr. Lee. Congrats Suraj, Irrfan and Tabu. You more than deserve it.

Sangeeth Sivan: Ang Lee it is. Oscar made what was thought to be impossible possible... visionary... "Namaste"! You made us proud too. Take a bow sir!

Anupam Kher: Congratulations to the entire team of "Life Of Pi" and to the Genius called Ang Lee. Proud to have worked with him (in "Conquest, Lust?").

Apart from best director, "Life of Pi" also got the Oscar for best cinematography, visual effects and best music - original score. 


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