Lion movie is adapted from A Long Way Home (2012), a life story of Saroo Brierley. Some of you may read the novel but Lion movie is a masterpiece. There must be something that makes this Lion movie gets 6 nominations in Oscars 2017. A big picture of this amazing based-on-real-story movie is a long complicated desperate journey of a Saroo when he gets lost at five years old. Find out how awesome the journey and the packaging of Lion Movie!
“Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with cold” – Andre Maurois.
This quote is best to describe Saroo, the main character in this movie. Starting from the beginning of the story, Saroo; a five years old boy, must feel the bitterness of life with Guddu as his older brother, Shekila as his younger sister, and his mom. Despite their everlasting difficulties, the family is able to raise the affection. Saroo’s mom is always mad when her children cannot take care of each other. At the same line, her son tries to make living although somehow it risks their safety.
Sometimes, Saroo and Guddu steal the coals from a running train. They collect the coals and put in in their small bags. They can only afford two plastics of milk. Meanwhile, Saroo is eager to get “Jalebi” and keep staring at it. Guddu promises to get “Jalebi” for Saroo in the next time. Well, People may call it poor but they are indeed rich because of love and togetherness. The director tries to tell the audience that happiness is not about wealth, but a little thing called love.
Until that day comes, the conflicts begin when Saroo follows his brother to work at a commuting area, putting their hope in the train. Yes, Saroo is just too small and exhausted because of the trip that he cannot keep himself awake. Guddu is desperate to leave his little brother and the job cannot wait for him. He promises to come back after finishing the job and asks Saroo to stay on the bench. Saroo just follows his idolized brother and sleep well with a hope that he will be there when he opens his eyes.
A couple hours later, Saroo wakes up and panic knows he is alone in a silent station. He seeks Guddu in every side of the station. And, he ends up overslept in the train. Waking up, he finds himself that he is too far from home. He cries out for help but he finds no one, trapped in loneliness. Saroo spends a couple days in a train with a piece of waste food and the train brings him to Bengali.
He keeps shouting Guddu with a hope that his brother hears and find him but he just doesn’t know that he is a way too far from home. He cannot understand Bengali language and people cannot understand him as he keeps saying “Ganestlay”. And, he ends up getting rejection instead of help. At least, he meets some homeless kids to get a company. But again, the situation forces Saroo to run as fast as he can as some gangsters are trying to kidnap the kids. He can hardly escape but his story doesn’t end here.
Along with his innocence trying to go home, walking, Saroo meets Noor, a woman who offers a help to the little kid. Successfully, she makes Saroo comfortable by her caring and comfortable home. Until Rama comes, a man who will help him solving is complicated problems soon, she says. But the little boy finds out that something is wrong as they look strange and a bit scared him. He, for the second time, runs away along with his memory when he was with his beloved mother. Poorly, the little boy lives near to Howrah Bridge for a couple of months.
Luckily, someone takes him into a police officer and the kid keeps saying “Ganestlay”. The policeman says that there is no place named Ganestlay in India. The man takes him to an orphanage with a hope that someone contacts the office for Saroo. And it seems like local newspapers, among 15,000 viewers, not a single family of Saroo contacts him. Mrs. Sood, who has been taking care of him, tells that a couple of Australian named John and Sue want to adopt him. Since that time, she teaches him how to use English.
As Saroo meets his new parents, he looks like finding a new hope, a new life. Moving to Hobart, Tasmania in 1987, the little boy lives happily in a family full of affection and wealth. A year later, John and Sue adopt another boy named Mantosh, but he is different from Saroo. He suffers from suffers from rage and self-harm. Although his new little brother always makes her parents sad, they can handle their son well by keep sharing the everlasting love.
Sue talks to the innocent boy that she cannot wait to listen to his long journey. She knows that he doesn’t understand her in English but the scene shows how much Sue cares about Saroo. John and Sue perfectly show that family is not about blood relation, but, it is a matter of choice that the couple takes. From this scene, the audience put their smile as it can be the end of Saroo’s suffer. The little boy here obviously shows how much he loves his parents, especially Sue, that he doesn’t let anyone makes her sad, including Manthos. This family hood can be one of the most favorite scenes for the audience as the story can prove that a real family is not always about the blood relation. Saroo has a perfect life that most people always dream about his ideal life.
Now, he is 25 years old and has a good appearance with his hair hang loosely like a lion. A gentle Saroo then begins to study hotel management at Melbourne University. He meets a beautiful American woman named Lucy who becomes his lover. At the moment when Saroo enjoys the meals at his Indian friends, he sees a plate of Jalebi. This one can be your favorite Lion Movie scene when Saroo picks one Jalebi and sniffs it. the smell of Jalebi triggers a bunch of memory and emotions for Saroo and he wants to find out the roots of his emotions.
As he gets the first bite, the delicacy recollects his memory about his childhood with Guddu, his idolized brother. His precious memory makes him admit that he was adopted and he has no idea where he comes from and he doesn’t know his mother’s name. Saroo’s close friends suggest him to use Google Earth to get back his hometown and family.
In some scenes, Saroo looks desperate as his past keeps haunting him whenever and wherever he goes. Some of the audience may get confused as the flashbacks keep coming here and there. The moment when Saroo sacrifices almost everything makes the story impressive. He leaves his job, living all alone, avoiding meeting Lucy and friends, and fights with Manthos. All because he misses his family and having no idea what to do. It seems like he is enough searching a quarter area in India but he has nothing to remember from his childhood but the moment when he was with Guddu and mother. He cannot also leave Sue as she gets sick and needs his company.
The scene and the music of the set design show the peak of his broken hope as the scene showing Saroo mess the map as the sign of giving up. The director here shows how desperate he is that Saroo scans the Google Earth pointless. He was about to mad but has no idea to answer all of the questions in his heavy mind.
“Family Means No One Gets Left Behind or Forgotten” – David Ogden Stliers
But, it is all paid when his frustration converts into a hope when he unintentionally points to an area far away from India. He finally finds the station where he gets lost and it leads him following the tracks of the railway. And, he ends up at a place named Ganesh Talay, the term that he always misspelling as Ganestlay. He is no longer afraid of telling Sue that she wants to fight for getting his family back and Sue fully supports his beloved son.
With his full spirits and huge hope, he tries his best to go back to his hometown. Side by side, along with his little memory of his childhood, he finally finds his small house. Nothing could hold him from happiness and wishes to meet his mother, Guddu, and Shekila. This best scene in Lion movie breaks the audience’s heart into pieces knowing Saroo finds no one but a couple of goats. It has been 20 years old and even the world has totally changed.
As he already gives up, a man asks him to follow his steps. They take some blocks to walk and there it is, a figure of an old woman walking approaches him. This ending scene, of course, becomes favorite among the audiences.
“Other Things May Change Us But We Start And End With the Family” – Anthony Brandt
The old woman shouts his name questioning whether a gentle handsome man is Saroo. The real pure heart of a mother cannot lie that she still recognizes his beloved little son that she always waits for. They are bond in hugs and tears that triggers Ganesh Talay neighborhood a flood of emotions. This simple scene can lift-down the emotions of the audience as they cannot hold the atmosphere created. Saroo asks about Guddu and his tears getting harder knowing that he is no longer there. It can be a shocking reality that the audience must face but at least, watching Saroo hugs his sister; Sheikila, a bit can heal his broken heart.
This Lion movie becomes excellent because of the ending of the scene. After exploring the places that he used to visit in his childhood, he imagines that Guddu is there. This moment creates a strong feeling among the audience when Guddu smiles and asks Saroo to follow him. They walk along the railway track happily and Saroo cannot stop smiling just like when he was a kid. This precious scene describes how his brother stays lives in his heart and mind and he wants to keep going for his beloved late brother. The director then set the awesome ending by showing the figure of Guddu who smiles at Saroo and then, the end.
As it is the real story, Lion movie director attaches some scene when the real Saroo Brierley and Sue meet Saroo’s mother. The moment maybe not as dramatic as how the main character plays but it is still touching among the audience. It builds stronger emotions and impression that Lion movie does happen to Saroo Brierley. And, the moment when Saroo’s mother kisses Sue’s cheek shows how much she thanks her as she takes care of his beloved son. Later then, Saroo finds out that he pronounces his name wrong, it should be Sheruu that has the meaning of “Lion”. What a touching ending, isn’t it?
Why is Lion Movie a Must to Watch?
If you see, Lion movie is not merely about entertainment and art. But, it is about someone’s life that may inspire whoever watching this masterpiece movie. Not to mention, for a mother, Lion movie can bring a lot of values on how to be a good parent. In this case, all mothers can learn from the true love of Saroo’s mother; Kamila. If you see, loves of a mother are everlasting. Yes, Kamila knows that her son may never come back. Instead of moving on and start a new life, she loyally and patiently keeps waiting for Saroo to go home. Love never uses the logic that she doesn’t consider how too small Saroo is to remember something about his hometown. He doesn’t even know about Kamila’s name.
“Motherhood: All Loves Begins and Ends There” – Robert Browning
And, a miracle is another name of love. Kamila does believe that God always has the best story for her and family. She is a good mother who doesn’t want to see her children get hurt while she makes a living. She is willing to do anything to feed her children and fulfill all needs, especially about feeling loved and cared. You can see that Kamila is one of the best figures of a real mother that every son always dreams.
Another side comes from Sue, adoptive mother of Saroo. Instead of giving the birth of her own children, she wants to reduce the number of homeless wasted children outside there. She understands that their life must be hard and complicated and she wants to give her hand to help. And, her perfect mother figure gets stronger when she is patient taking care of Manthos who suffers from self-harm. Sue does love both sons full heartedly and the audience can feel the true love she pours.
As she has been looking after his son, she doesn’t want to stop Saroo to look for his past. For some women, it may be hurting as they worry about his son who may forget her. But, instead of getting jealous, she fully supports his son to go on a long journey looking for his mother, the one who gives him a birth. Obviously, the audience can see how much Kamila and Sue thank each other as Saroo is the best gift for them. What a really touching real-life story!
“Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” – Jonathan Harnisch, Freak
The positive things don’t end here as you can read the script showing that more than 80,000 children India get lost. You can see how much children desperate as what Saroo face in his life before meeting Sue and John. They must have a long and everlasting journey without having any clue on what to do. Some of them may be kidnapped or even killed just like Guddu. Lion movie gives an insight that trying your best to go home is like a must and it will complete the broken pieces of your life. Believe it or not, your mother will always wait for you no matter what. It is because, to a mother, the children mean everything.
“Without A Sense of Caring, There Can Be No Sense of Community” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Another good thing from Lion movie is the story teaches the society to care more about others. It is ironic seeing people don’t care about the children who are alone in a crowded place like a train station. Even if you have a lot of important things to do, somehow, you need to care about your surroundings. It can be your children who get lost and no one is willing to help because they are busy with their lovely trip. The rejections from the society to help can cause the children to be anti-social and even more, be a criminal. You can figure it out a community without a sense of caring for others. When you are in a hard situation, you won’t get any help and your suffering is all yours. Enjoy it!
“Government’s First Duty is to Protect the People, Not Run Their Lives” – Ronald Reagan
And the last, Lion movie wants to awake the government who takes full responsibility to take care of children in the country. Form the movie, it is deliberately shown from the police who gives no response when the gangster tries to kidnap the children. It is like the police close his eyes and ears don’t want to get involved in the problem. He just lives on his own and the children life does not matter at all for him. Yes, the police here may represent the government who is careless about the lost children who reach up to 80,000 kids. Of course, not all children have the same luck as Saroo. And, through this movie, Saroo and Garth Davis as the director want to deliver an important message. The right time for the government to take care of the society is now.
Some of you may have watched based-on-real-life-story movies but, you may not find that is exceptional like Lion movie. First, Lion movie plays the audiences’ feelings, you will laugh, mad, sad, cry, and even desperate during the movie play. You can say that Lion movie will break your feelings into some pieces and then, the ending collects those pieces beautifully. For sure, I am watching this movie three times and still cannot get over it. Masterpiece!
Details of the Lion Movie
- Directed by Garth Davis
- Produced by Iain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman
- Based on A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, Larry Buttrose
- Release date 10 September 2016 (TIFF), 25 November 2016 (US), 19 January 2017 (Australia), 20 January 2017 (UK)
- Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali
- Running time: 118 minutes
- Screenplay by Luke Davies
- Starring by Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman
- Cinematography by Greig Fraser
- Music by Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran
- Edited by Alexandre de Franceschi
- Production companies by The Weinstein Company, Screen Australia, See-Saw Films, Aquarius Films, Sunstar Entertainment Cross City
- Country: Australia, United Kingdom, United States