Lion, 2016

February 12, 2017

Do you know this feeling?

Picture yourself in a dark cinema room, at the end of a film and you just can’t seem to tell what is the actual reality. Is it your life or the life of this little Indian boy who 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 do not recall having been touched so deep before in my life by simply just a movie.

If it were only just a movie, of course, not a true story. The film itself is based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The New York Times bestseller and #1 international bestseller.

It stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, a young actor from Harrow, so close to home. So close in fact, a friend of mine went to the same school as he did, at the same time. And the five-year-old boy in the movie, the tiny Sunny Pawar has just blown my mind away by his acting! The soundtrack is pretty good too. Now, whenever I hear Sia’s Never Give Up, I am reminded of that little boy, in rural India, lost on the train tracks… Who has never given up hope.

The story touches on so many social issues and injustices of the world. It will transport you to the time and place of the events. And even if you try, you won’t be able to control your emotions, so bring the tissues!

If you have not seen it yet, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

A truly beautiful and uplifting movie.