Biography, Drama

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Lion more than roars, it resoundingly rumbles!

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We live in a world driven by money and ambition. But what goes amiss in the process is compassion – Compassion towards others.

As people swan about their privileged lives protecting and pampering their own, it only dawns on a few to spare a thought for our little ones on the streets covered in dirt, dust and a perpetual tear-run mark below their unearthed eyes; oblivious to the world and reality they are born into. Are we as people so ignorant or immune to what we see on a day-to-day basis that it doesn’t occur to do something that would wipe a tear of a child’s face?

It is a reality we all know but inevitably most people tend to ignore!

Lion is a powerful reminder of the same. In his first feature film, Garth Davis recounts the incredible real life story of Saroo Brierley, a 5-year-old Indian boy who gets displaced from his hometown and dragged away into the unknown. As you watch this small child being bumped around in a restless world; as you see the world go by through his endearing eyes, do you realize how helpless you really are! An articulate portrayal of the streets – that seems better captured by foreign eyes, Lion has a powerfully adapted screenplay by Luke Davies and some incredibly compassionate cinematography by Greig Fraser. More so it has a haunting-with-hope background score by Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran that makes for an unnerving yet engaging must-watch.

And it is the immaculate little Indian boy Sunny Pawar (young Saroo) who leads the film from the front. He is extremely well supported by Abhishek Bharate who plays his older brother Guddu and Priyanka Bose who plays his mother. Their dynamic is what stages the course of the film. As Saroo’s street-smartness steers him clear of unruly predators, the harshness of reality comes to a halt with the much-needed arrival of a beaming Dev Patel (adult Saroo). Nicole Kidman and David Wenham who play his Australian adoptive parents Sue and John Brierley make you wonder what the world would be like without such people, who open their heart and homes to children in need. It is people like them who make the world a better place.

Reminiscent of the agonizing truth most people tend to ignore; Lion more than roars, it resoundingly rumbles!

The heartbreaking real life story of a small boy stranded in the big bad world, Lion will break you down and piece you back together. In retracing his roots, watching Lion is like being in a train through a tunnel. You will gaze into the darkness but see light at the end of it.

And when you do, think beyond your own.

– Varun Kumar | Enterapped

Fun Fact

Saroo Brierley’s autobiography is entitled A Long Way Home.

Briefly born as Sheru Munshi Khan, Saroo realized he had been mispronouncing his name growing up. Sheru means Lion.

Director – Garth Davis
Cast – Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara, Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui