Delhi University student Suraj Sharma swam for hours, worked on his body and his dialect and even had rats run all over him to prepare for his role in Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's adventure film, Life of Pi.
For the 19-year-old second year student of Philosophy (Hons) at St Stephen's College, working in the film, based on Yann Martel's Booker Prize winning book, has been life-changing.
"There was a lot of training. There was acting training with Ang Lee... he used to give me certain scripts to read with him.
"As I had to get accustomed to that period, I had to watch a lot of movies of the 1960s and 1970s; I read a lot of books and there was dialect training, too," Suraj said.