Release Date: Nov 25th, 2016 (US)
Based on the book, A Long Way From Home, by Saroo Brierley, the film tells a true story about a young man of Indian origin in Australia sets forth to find his biological mother using Google Earth and fragments of his memory from when he was five.
ALL CREDITS FOR INFO & TRAILER BELOW GOES TO The Weinstein Company
CAST: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose.
Producer: Lain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman
Director: Garth Davis
1. The plot: It's a true story straight from the horse's mouth- so obviously it is nothing short of amazing! The memories that slowly creep back from when the young man was five to the part that Google Earth plays in re-uniting him with his birth mother- all adds up to a heart-wrenching story that you somehow relate to at every level- be it the plight of the mother that adopts or the one that gives birth only to lose the chance of seeing her child grow, the adopted child or the real son/ brother within. All emotions and
2. THE CAST: Dev Patel, in an appearance on NBC, talked about how he became athletic for the role to match the real-life Saroo and how he approached the producer up on learning of the movie. Well, he gave his absolute best to the role and did complete justice to it! He appeared to live, breathe and walk the part and didn't fall short in any aspect of it.Just as impressive was the young Saroo played by Sunny Pawar- the child pulled at your heart string without even trying. His demeanor, body language, dialogue delivery- all was effortlessly power packed.
Rest of the cast, Rooney Mara as Saroo's girlfriend, David Wenham as Saroo's adoptive father, Nicole Kidman as Saroo's adoptive mother, Abhishek Bharate as Saroo's biological brother, Divian Ladwa as Saroo's adoptive brother, Priyanka Bose as Saroo's biological mother- all did their part in making this real-life saga come to life. Deepti Naval as Saroj Sood, founder of the Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption (ISSA), and Nawazuddin Siddiqui have done well as guest artists.
3. The clothes And The Locations: You can't but help notice every single detail- the clothes, the hair styles, the locations- all capturing the time and the reality. The actual pictures of the real people at the end, adds to the amazement at the accuracy of character portrayal and location shots.
THE BAD ..
When a real life story unfolds right before your eyes in a manner that holds you both astounded and heartbroken, there is hardly ever anything that you find lacking- this one comes through for you.
This is a must watch movie, whether in a theater or with friends, in your home-theater, and certainly include your kids, for this one is a definite family-watch!
HOW DID THE FILM FARE ...
As per Box Office Mojo, the film grossed over $ 7 million in the US as of Jan 4 2017, since its release on Nov 25th.