written by Souranath Banerjee
A passionate narrative that celebrates both emotions and technology at the same time!
My Ratings: 4.1/5
80,000 children go missing in India every year never again to be reunited with their families, unfortunate indeed.
But then how many of these lost children are fortunate enough to get adopted by some kind-hearted couple from Tasmania, who are not only willing to give them their family name, but also enough love and affection, education and freedom to relive their own lives?
Well, Saroo a kid from rural India who loves Jalebis, happened to be one such unfortunate, yet fortunate soul!
At the age of five an unintentional train journey took him to an unknown city, alone in the streets, miserable and hungry, missing his family, and on the verge of getting exploited. But then, he survives, was sent to an orphanage and from there taken for adoption by Brierley family from Tasmania!
The first half of Saroo’s tale is dramatic enough to be made into a motion picture but the story doesn’t end there!
After 25 years Saroo decides to find his roots, his village, his people, his family – he comes back to India in search of his brother and mother!
Exceptional performance by Dev Patel as Saroo, supposedly he had spent eight months preparing for his role! But more surprising was debutant Sunny Pawar‘s role, who played the part of young Saroo and stole the show!
Then of course Nicole Kidman (a great come back for her), David Wenham and Rooney Mara all made their presence felt. The Indian actors – Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Deepti Naval, Koushik Sen, Abhishek Bharate all shined in their cameos. But again the performance of Priyanka Bose as Saroo’s mother deserves a special mention, she is so natural yet subtle!
Since Saroo used Google Earth to try and locate his origins, Google have helped in the production of the film and gave the crew satellite imagery access and other technical support.
P.S. – But why does the film named ‘Lion‘? Well, for a very good reason but you have to watch it to find it out!
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com.