Rating: (8 / 10)
Length: 1h 58min
Release Date: 6 January 2017 (USA)
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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Watch online Lion (2016). Saroo lives with his big brother Guddu, his mother and sister in the slums. Guddu and Saroo steal coal from freight trains to afford milk and food. One day Saroo follows his brother to a job away from home, and they arrive at a train station, where Saroo stays and awaits Guddu’s return. When Guddu does not come, Saroo searches for him and boards a train. He falls asleep and wakes to find the train is moving with no one onboard and he can’t get off. After several days he finds himself in faraway Calcutta, where he doesn’t understand the Bengali language. He joins a ticket queue and tries to obtain a ticket home, but the attendant does not recognise the name of his village, which Saroo gives as “Ginestlay”. He spends the night in the train station with street kids.
Saroo continues to wander around the city before coming across Noor, a seemingly friendly woman who brings him back to her apartment. She tells Saroo that a man, Rama, will help him find his way home. Saroo meets Rama and it is implied that Rama intends to sell Saroo into the child sex trade. Saroo runs away and escapes Noor when she pursues him. A man eventually takes Saroo to the police. Unable to trace his family, they put him in an orphanage. Three months later, Saroo is brought to Mrs. Sood, who tells him she has placed an advertisement in a widely read newspaper, but no one has claimed him. She then tells him that an Australian couple want to adopt him. She begins to teach Saroo English and he moves to Hobart, Tasmania under the care of Sue and John Brierley. Later they adopt another boy, Mantosh, who has trouble adjusting to his new home and suffers from rage and self-harm.
Twenty years later, Saroo moves to Melbourne to study hotel management. He starts a relationship with Lucy, an American student. As they share Indian food with friends, he sees Jalebi which he remembers from his childhood and he starts to recall his childhood. He confides that he is adopted, and they suggest he use Google Earth to search for his hometown in India. Saroo begins to search but over time disconnects from Lucy, overwhelmed by the thought of the emotions his family must have gone through when he was missing. Free online streaming Lion (2016). Saroo visits Sue, whose health is deteriorating, and learns that she is not infertile, but chose to help others in need through adoption, believing that there were already too many people on Earth. Saroo spends a long time searching fruitlessly for his hometown. One evening, while scanning Google Earth, he notices the rock formations where his mother worked, and then finds the area where he lived: the town is called Khandwa, and the neighbourhood Ganesh Talai. He finally tells his adoptive mother about his search, and she fully supports his efforts.
Saroo returns to his hometown, where he has an emotional reunion with his biological mother and sister, but learns that Guddu is dead. The film ends with captions about the real Saroo’s return to India in February 2012. Guddu was killed by a train the same night that they went to the station as children. Their mother never gave up hope that one day her missing son would return, and never moved away from the village. Photos of the real Australian family are shown, as well as video of Saroo and Sue meeting his biological mother in India, who deeply appreciates Sue’s care of her son. Saroo later learned that he had been mispronouncing his own name, which was actually Sheru, a diminutive for the Hindi word for “Lion.” Watch Lion (2016) online.