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In 1986, Saroo was a five-year-old child in India of a poor but happy rural family. On a trip with his brother, Saroo soon finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta, 1500 miles away from home. Now totally lost in an alien urban environment and too young to identify either himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. Soon, Saroo is selected to be adopted by the Brierley family in Tasmania, where he grows up in a loving, prosperous home. However, for all his material good fortune, Saroo finds himself plagued by his memories of his lost family in his adulthood and tries to search for them even as his guilt drives him to hide this quest from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend. Only when he has an epiphany does he realize not only the answers he needs, but also the steadfast love that he has always had with all his loved ones in both worlds. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The film was developed by Australian producers Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian. They stubbornly refused to change the Australian setting of the film to America and hereby received several rejections from American film production companies. By the time of release, the two producers will have spend four years on the film. See more »
The train on which the young Saroo boards at Burhanpur station looking for Guddu is shown to have blue coaches. Express trains in India in the 1980s used maroon colored coaches. Blue liveried coaches were introduced only in the late 1990s. See more »
[discussing how to find Saroo's family]
What paper trail?
My mum could not read or write.
What did she do?
A labourer... she carried rocks.
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After the final credits, there's an earlier shot with the boys on the train tunnel and the credits "In loving memory of Guddu". See more »
This is such a beautiful film, with a simple story line, without any frills.
A young Indian boy leaves their village with his older brother to do some "jobs", in one of these jobs he gets lost and cannot find his way back home. Pass some years and he's adopted by a family from Australia, and when that boy becomes an adult, he starts wondering where he's actually from.
It deals with aspects of origin and identity, and that we cannot escape from who we really are.
Superb, superb acting from everyone, from the little Indian boys, specially Sunny Pawar that plays the young Sarro, to Dev Patel who has clearly matured into a top class act and is endearing and touching playing the older Saroo.
I'm certainly watching it again.
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