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PG-13 | | Drama | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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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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Guddu
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Kamla
Khushi Solanki ...
Young Shekila
Shankar Nisode ...
Shankar
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Noor
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Rawa
Riddhi Sen ...
Café Man
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Police Official
Rita Boy ...
Amita
Udayshankar Pal ...
Liluah Teacher (as Uday Shankar Paul)
Surojit Das ...
Shonedeep / Haunted Boy
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Mrs. Sood
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Swarmina
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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 (kchishol@rogers,com)

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$123,360 (USA) (25 November 2016)

Gross:

$38,536,416 (USA) (22 February 2017)
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Trivia

Rooney Mara's character is not based on a single real-life character, but is a combination of several of Saroo's real-life girlfriends who were with him through his search. See more »

Goofs

At a scene from the 2010 segment, Saroo incorrectly states that he's apart from his original family for 25 years. In between 1986 and 2010, there's 24 years apart. See more »

Quotes

[Saroo is picking up large and small rocks for his mother as she encourages him]
Kamla: achchha bachcha... which means... good boy
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Crazy Credits

There is no opening title card, only opening credits; the title card doesn't appear until the end. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hollywood Express: Episode #15.1 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Aaja Nindiya Aaja Nainan Beech Sama Ja
Written by Khayyam
(Saregama India/Mushroom Music)
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
Licensed courtesy of Saregama India
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Couldn't stop crying
4 October 2016 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

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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