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PG-13 | | Biography, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Young Saroo
... Guddu
... Kamla
Khushi Solanki ... Young Shekila
Shankar Nisode ... Shankar
... Noor
... Rama
... Café Man
... Police Official
... Amita
Udayshankar Pal ... Liluah Teacher (as Uday Shankar Paul)
Surojit Das ... Shonedeep / Haunted Boy
... Mrs. Sood
... Swarmina
... John Brierley
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Storyline

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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The true story of a life lost and found See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Long Way Home  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,360, 25 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,694,854, 28 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,723,779, 20 March 2017
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Dev Patel's initial audition lasted six hours. There were concerns among the producers that he was too obvious a choice for a lead role with Indian heritage. This has also previously prevented Patel from possible roles, as he was refused an audition for "Life of Pi" and other parts. See more »

Goofs

In a later scene Saroo walks past a McDonald's cup featuring print from 2016 rather than the early 2000's date in which it is said to be set. See more »

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[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]
Lucy: Saroooo
[then with concern]
Lucy: You OK?
[a male dinner guest comes into the kitchen also and places his hand on Saroo's back]
Male Dinner Guest: Saroo?
Saroo Brierley: I'm not from Calcutta... I'm lost.
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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 »

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Featured in Film '72: Episode #46.1 (2017) See more »

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Red Light Song
Written by H. Nicholson
By kind permission of Peermusic Pty Ltd
Performed by Blue
Licensed courtesy of NB Music GB
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Truly Exceptional
14 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

May I start this off by saying that I'm astonished at the extremely unfair negative, even 'mixed' reviews the film has gotten so far... The film is not even remotely close to being average, it's far, far, beyond magnificent.

By now you probably know the synopsis, so I'll add for those who haven't seen the film that it's visually stunning, the acting is superb (special mention to phenomenal newcomer Sunny Pawar, who plays 5 year old Saroo) and the story is so gripping and moving, that there wasn't a dry eye in the house when the film reached it's emotional climax.

I've been thinking about this film since I saw it, there's drama, mystery, romance, a whirlwind of emotions throughout the 2 hours - in the best way possible.


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