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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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
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When Saroo is trapped on the train to Calcutta, he is briefly seen near an 'emergency' window with red grilles. Emergency windows were only installed on Indian trains post 2002. See more »
[At around 1hour Saroo goes into the kitchen to get a beer.On the way back he sees some Jalebis, which is a fried Indian desert, on the counter in a plate.A memory takes him back to his childhood with his older brother Guddu. He smells it and takes a bite slowly as his girl friend Lucy comes beside him]
[then with concern]
[a male dinner guest comes into the kitchen also and places his hand on Saroo's back]
Male Dinner Guest:
I'm not from Calcutta... I'm lost.
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This is such a beautiful film, with a simple story line, without any
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
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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