A five-year-old Indian boy (Sunny Pawar) 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.
I was concerned that this film might stumble into Slumdog Millionaire territory, especially with Dev Patel at the helm.
The opening established a similar premise; two brothers committing petty crimes to provide for their poverty stricken family.
However for the first hour, I was completely hooked. It was gruelling, gripping and shocking as Saroo travelled 1600km from home.
Lost and confused with nowhere to go. You really felt for the little man.
I didn’t realise that there were different dialects in India (Woe is me) with the Hindus struggling to understand Saroo’s Bengali.
Sunny Pawar delivered a stellar debut. I’m surprised he didn’t get a nod over…
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