Lion Review: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Sunny Pawar’s Performance Will Make Your Heart Ache

From the first frame to the last, Garth Davis's Lion is an extraordinary tale told in the most simplistic way


Title: Lion
Genre: Drama
Director: Garth Davis
Cast: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Priyanka Bose
Time: 2 hours 9 minutes
Bayside Rating: 4/5

There is something powerful that touches your heart when you see a small boy, roaming around the platform, on the streets of Calcutta, lost and all alone with little hope in his eyes.

He hopes to find a familiar face, yearns to meet his brother and Ammi (mother), while he is introduced to the harsh world where people are ruthless and no one cares.

Plot: Lion is a story of a five-year-old Indian boy Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, 1600 kilometres away from his hometown Ganesha Talai, Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh). He goes through a very tough time before being adopted by a couple Sue and John (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) in Tasmania, Australia. He is loved and has a wonderful family, but 25 years later Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel) is on a quest to search for his long-lost family.

Director’s Garth Davis moves his camera capturing the emotions, innocence, and vulnerability of five-year-old Saroo, and you are entrapped by his style of storytelling.

You might have heard true stories zillions of time through the lens, but the one in Lion is something you never thought could exist. In the first 35 minutes itself, Sunny Pawar’s performance leaves you with an ache in your heart.


This is Davis’s first film as a feature director and the man has done a phenomenal job. Lion is an adaptation of memoir named A Long Way Home and Australian writer Luke Davies sticks to Saroo’s perception, sentiments, and feelings from the book.

The adult Saroo (Dev Patel) is charismatic and dons this character like a perfectionist. Patel gives the right amount of pain and emotion in building up Saroo’s character and takes it to a different depth which moves you. Nicole Kidman and David Wenham as the adopted parents have done pretty good work as well. We can praise the entire cast & crew, so let’s just say that everyone in this film is the ideal pick for their assigned job.


Not even for a split-second do you feel weary or lose interest. Lion is a film that takes you on an emotional ride and shows the raw side of various relationships and oneself.

Davis could have emotionally burdened you, but very artistically, he has kept everything intact. You laugh, you smile, your feel the pain, you cry…….you feel thousands of emotions in 129 minutes.

Go watch Lion not just because it’s fantastic film that made it to the Oscar’s but because it will move you.