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Lion (2016)

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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.

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Garth Davis

Writers:

Saroo Brierley (adapted from the book "A Long Way Home" by), Luke Davies (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 58 wins & 97 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sunny Pawar ... Young Saroo
Abhishek Bharate ... Guddu
Priyanka Bose ... Kamla
Khushi Solanki Khushi Solanki ... Young Shekila
Shankar Nisode Shankar Nisode ... Shankar
Tannishtha Chatterjee ... Noor
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Rama
Riddhi Sen ... Café Man
Koushik Sen ... Police Official
Rita Boy ... Amita
Udayshankar Pal Udayshankar Pal ... Liluah Teacher (as Uday Shankar Paul)
Surojit Das Surojit Das ... Shonedeep / Haunted Boy
Deepti Naval ... Mrs. Sood
Menik Gooneratne ... Swarmina
David Wenham ... John Brierley
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Storyline

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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality. | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English | Hindi | Bengali

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Long Way Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,360, 25 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,694,854, 28 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,723,779, 20 March 2017
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

"It's one of those stories where it is virtually impossible not to move people when you talk to them about it. It's an incredible story that gives everyone tingles up their spine. It taps into something primal in us as human beings - the need to find home and the need to know who you are," producer Emile Sherman said. See more »

Goofs

Indian Railways are generally of 5ft 6in gauge (1676mm). The trains that Saroo travels on are all of this gauge, as are the lines around Khandwa. However, the tracks on which he and his brother are seen walking at the end of the film are metre gauge (3ft 3 1/3 inch). See more »

Quotes

Saroo Brierley: Do you have any idea what it's like knowing my real brother and mother spending every day of their lives looking for me? Huh? How every day my real brother screams my name? Can you imagine the pain they must be in not knowing where I am?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Gold/Lion/The Comedian (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody Knows
Written by Thomas L Barrett
© Published by SC Publishing, Inc
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
Performed by Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir
Courtesy of Light In The Attic Records
Under exclusive license from The Numero Group
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A movie with a soul of its own
15 December 2016 | by bibo-93638See all my reviews

To put it in simple words, "Lion" is a journey that grabs you entirely ; whether you want it or not, you are a part of each and every scene. Exactly like the hero, you find yourself having visions of a past that you think you have forgotten, you long for something more and you dig for something deeper. This is a journey back home, filled with emotions, hard decisions, and an infinite willingness to reach somewhere safe.. Simple story, dream like sequences and real characters that are aware that "there are no white pages" but that in a way, there is always a black ink somewhere that you can use to finish the endless books that you have in your head. A gem and must see. Highly recommended for the cast's performances, the musical score and the emotional layer that refuses to let you go even after the movie had ended.


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