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Suraj Sharma, right, poses with Ang Lee, and the feature film nomination plaque for " Life of Pi" at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Life of Pi star says blessing to work with Ang Lee

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NEW DELHI (AP) — "Life of Pi" actor Suraj Sharma credits director Ang Lee with setting him on a path to continue with a career in movies.

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Sharma told The Times of India in an interview published Tuesday that getting to work with the Oscar-winning director on "Life of Pi" was a blessing.

"The amount I learned and did was awesome. Ang gave me a path. Before that, I didn't even know what I would do in life," he was quoted as saying. After making the movie, "I know I want to tell stories," he said.

"I don't know whether I just want to act or be behind the camera, holding the camera or just being the boom director. But I want to be on the sets. It has to be something to do with cinema," he said.

Sharma, 20, said his next Hollywood film will be "Million Dollar Arm." The film revolves around a real life reality show that searched for potential Major League Baseball pitchers among Indian cricketers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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