Direction: Garth Davis
Cast: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman
Music: Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran
Cinematographer: Greig Fraser
Editor: Alexandre de Franceschi
What is it about: It’s an adaptation from the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose. Based on the life of “Saroo” himself and the journey in retracing his steps to origin. The film is directed by debutante Garth Davis.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: Adaptations are a tricky one, and when it comes along well it becomes a treat to the audiences. Director Garth Davis, did a great job in putting together a great screenplay with Luke Davies. The film has a great sentimental value, which was deep and meaningful. And it was gifted with a beautiful cast.
One character which tops the ensemble is Sunny Pawar as Young Saroo, he was remarkable and admirable. At a tender age, he displayed a maturity in acting, which is laudable at all levels. You’re so moved by his performance. Every frame he appears, which is almost the entire film, is a delight. Exceptional performance by Sunny.
Then obviously it was Dev Patel, who played his older part of the character “Saroo”. He was perfect for the part and he’s becoming one of the favourite in this genre. Commendable job by Dev.
Then there was Abhishek Bharate, who played the role of elder brother “Guddu”. He may appear for a small period but makes a good impact.
Rooney Maara, Nicole Kidman and David Wenham did their parts perfectly with balanced emotions.
Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Pallavi Sharda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui had small cameos who made greater impact in their respective roles.
The cinematography by Greg Fraser was delectable and it was tastefully edited Alexandre.
Verdict: Garth Davis, did a great job in directing an adaptation which fulfils the sentiments at all levels. And was beautifully performed by the entire cast. It has a great depth which was beautifully explored. Definitely worth a watch, don’t miss it.