First of all, if you have plan to watch its movie, please prepare your tissue – a lot – because too many scenes will make you cry like a baby.
Lion is a drama by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies, based on Saroo Brierley’s book “A Long Way Home” with stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Sunny Pawar. Its memoir of Saroo when he was 5 year old and gets lost on a train. The story begin when Saroo and his older brothers Guddu go to railway station for work. Saroo was so tired the he collapsed onto a seat on the platform and sleep well on a train that parked in station. When he awoke, the train was traveling across unfamiliar country.
The journey continue, Saroo was panicked but unable to open the door to escape. Then he was ended at the huge railway station in Kolkata. Saroo did not know it at the time, Saroo only knew and remembered his name, didnt know his home, didnt know of his mother’s name and now he was moved to miles away from home and family. He cried, scream and didnt know what to do. Saroo then survive alone in Kolkata. Eventually, Saroo met a teenager who took him to a police station and reported that he might be a lost child. The police took Saroo to a government centre for abandoned children. Weeks later, he was moved to the Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption. The staff there attempted to locate his family, but Saroo did not know enough for them to sufficiently trace his hometown, and he was officially declared a lost child. At the end, he was adopted by the Brierley family in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Twenty five years later, with his memories and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he tried to search his birth mother and original home.
Lion is a dramatic story that capture Saroo memories with remarkable, detail, beautiful and touched my heart. When I saw every scene in this film, I also feel what Saroo fell. Two thumps up for Sunny Pawar’s acting. He is so great. I fear for his dangerous journey in Kolkata. Mix feeling when I follow his story and speechless in every problems that he faced. About his feeling to John and Sue Brierley as adoptive parents, angry with Mantosh who was also adopted from India and has mental health and substance-abuse problems, his frustrated-adventure to find his birth mother, his emotional feeling because always remember about his child, his poor village, his beloved older brother, Guddu and his memory about his birth mother and about his trauma. Those made me broken. I Cried like a baby. Beside Saroo’s adventure, in this film we will see an ancient of India, poor village with their culture, slum community, India’s bureaucracy, and etc. Beautifully shot and cinematography. Also great-touching story. Its all about love, hope and faith.
Now, Lion is nominated for best picture for Oscar 2017, Golden Globe 2017, Critics Choice Awards, BAFTA and more.
I saw Lion in Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia 2017 – Jakarta and lucky me had great a time to Q&A Saroo Brierley. He is so nice, well explained about his childhood memory, trauma and adoptive parents
“Today there are perhaps a hundred thousand homeless kids in Kolkata, and a good many of them die before they reach adulthood … No one knows how many Indian children have been trafficked into the sex trade, or slavery, or even for organs, but all these trades are thriving, with too few officials and too many kids.”
Me with Saroo Brierley