A five- year old boy is stuck alone on a ghost train traversing India; this is the scene that propels the film Lion, a story based on Saroo Brierley’s book, A Long Way Home.
This compelling tale is told in a linear manner and it follows the lost Saroo on his journey alone through Calcutta surrounded by adults with nefarious intentions.
His young life takes a turn for the better when he is adopted and lands in Australia with a loving family. But the loss of his real family haunts him—and the story catches up with Saroo 25 years later as he obsessively attempts to find his way home.
Lion stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) as the adult Saroo, Nicole Kidman as the adoptive mom, and Rooney Mara as the grownup Saroo’s girlfriend, the cast is as strong as the story. And the actor who chews the scenery is Sunny Pawar—who is a standout as the five- year old Saroo.
Lion is a story about identity and loss. And it’s also about undying love and perseverance.
This film is terrific, applause for Director Garth Davis and screenwriter Luke Davies. Lion is an emotional roller coaster that will leave you crying and cheering.
It also has Oscar written all over it.
Stay for the credits and you’ll see the real-life people associated with the story.
Lion is in theatres now—don’t miss it.