It was a couple of years ago when I started revisiting Indian movies after recalling this movie we watched back in first year high school for our English class: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India. I started checking out Aamir Khan’s (main character named Bhuvan in the Lagaan movie) movies and found a few worth remembering — 3 Idiots, an entertaining story about friendship and Taare Zameen Par, an inspiring story about an eight year old boy who was always seen as nothing but trouble until an extraordinary art teacher came to work his unusual ways in trying find out what lies beyond the young kid’s behavior only to find out that the boy was having trouble at home and that he was dyslexic.
Some time last year, Cholo found this movie titled The Lunchbox.
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
For some reason, I seem to have a fetish for Indian culture. So after watching this film, I just couldn’t help but share it 🙂
A story about an Indian man who knew where he originally came from but claims to have been lost for 25 years now. The films tells how he ended up growing up with an Australian family and his journey home.
I don’t want to spoil you with further details but here are a few things about this beautiful film which I hope you’ll include in your list of movies to catch up on 🙂
The film touches on so many subjects: poverty, family, roots, and the more importantly the rising almost-incurable problem of children missing in India.
Young Saroo with his older brother Guddu coming home from a day’s work for 2 plastics of milk. How the very simple life of a typical, challenged family in India was very well narrated in the first part of the film.
The Brierley couple comforting their second adopted son, Mantosh, who was seemingly mentally disturbed.
Rooney Mara and the subtlety of her role as Saroo’s partner. Her role does not portray a single and actual icon in the life of Saroo but rather an embodiment of all his lovers in one character.
Kamla, Saroo’s mother, played by Priyanka Bose. Priyanka visited Kamla in preparation for her role. She said, “My questions were basic and just by meeting her, I could tell how hard her life has been. I got down on my knees and hugged her and thanked her for her courage”. When meeting Munshi she was told that she was declared crazy by many villagers in the small town for years, as she never gave up hope that her son would return one day.
Sue Brierley holding his son Saroo. Nicole Kidman was personally chosen by the real life Sue to portray her in the film. This is said to be her first on-screen role as a mother of an adopted child. In real life she’s the mother of two adopted children.
This cute boy, Sunny Pawar, will sure win your heart. Chosen over 4,000 kids who auditioned for the role, the kid who never had experience with acting for a hollywood film was just the perfect fit. He doesn’t speak English and was said to have not been able to attend the US premiere because he was denied a visa.
You will need a box of tissue for this last scene: The Reunion. I read it was the first scene shot which makes Dev an outstanding actor. Kudos to him for the 8-month preparation for the role which included changing it body built and facial features. He also visited the orphanage where Saroo stayed and brought a diary to jot down notes.
Young Saroo, on-screen Saroo and real life Saroo who wrote A Long Way Home where the film was based on.
In India, over 80,000 children go missing each year and there are over 11 million children living on the streets. For the release of this film, the foundation #LionHeart was launched in collaboration between the production companies of this film, See-Saw Films and The Weinstein Company (TWC) and The Charity Network. It will provide financial support to the over 11 million children who live on the streets of India.
All his life, Saroo mispronounced his name. His real name was Sheru which means LION.