'Life of Pi' actor Suraj Sharma gets public reprimand from college principal

By Gina DiFalco,

Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma could be expelled from Delhi University's St Stephen's College in India for missing so much school due to his acting career.

The 19-year-old’s career has taken off, thanks to his role in Ang Lee’s film that was based off of Yann Martel's Booker Prize-winning novel, but promotion duties for the film have caused him to lack in his studies.

This has caused his college principal Valson Thampu to publicly talk about his disappointment in Sharma barely making up eight essays he missed while away.

Sharma reportedly missed more than half of the 66 percent of lectures and tutorials that are required of students to stay enrolled.

"I expect him to take his life as a student seriously. It's in no one's interest to hold people back and [also] in no one's interest to make a mockery of the system,” Thampu told The Daily Telegraph. “

All of us have to be responsible for whatever commitments we have undertaken. Work is the medium of growth and empowerment. Anyone interested in the well-being and long-term happiness of a young person will not dilute the requirements of work at St Stephen's there is a great emphasis on character formation.”

Thampu is happy, however, that the young actor did manage to hand in the work he missed.

"He had not cleared the requirement until 10 minutes ago. He submitted eight essays and I'm delighted. I've accepted them altogether, which is not usual," he said.

The film hit theaters this weekend.



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