A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
In the film about half of the story focuses on the little boy, played by Sunny Pawar, an extraordinary young actor who will just rip your heart out. The young actor who plays the brother he gets separated from—Abhishek Bharate as Giddou—is also dazzling. The perils Saroo faces in a country filled with children left to fend for themselves on the streets is frightening, the poverty, disturbing.
Don't be swayed by the poster, while Rooney Mara plays Saroo’s girlfriend, her role is supporting, and just not that large. That’s just marketing.
The movie belongs to Saroo, and both Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel.
The story is moving, knowing it is based on a true story makes it doubly so.