‘Lion’ king Pawar arrives to royal welcome in Mumbai


Mumbai, 1 March: Sunny Pawar, a child actor who starred in the Hollywood film Lion, arrived back to Mumbai after attending Oscars.

Accompanied by his father Dilip Pawar, a former sweeper-turned-son’s business manager, Sunny sat on the trolley stacked high with his luggage as he was wheeled out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.SunnyPawarAs huge crowd erupt to have a glimpse of the little star, he expressed that, ” I am really happy and I really enjoyed attending the Oscars ceremony.”

To another, he shot back: “I will continue to study and also pursue my acting career.”

Welcoming him with a tight bear hug and tears of joy, Sunny’s mother Vasu Pawar said she was at a complete loss to describe her feelings.

Sunny's mother  she said, I am speechless, have no words to express my happiness and praise for my son’s achievements.Sunny pawar8-year-old Sunny Pawar attended the 89th Academy Awards as he starred in the Oscar-nominated movie Lion starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman was a huge hit with the stars at the awards.

The Class III student of a school at Kalina was selected out of a nationwide talent hunt of 2,000 children, around one-and-a-half-years ago, cleared the audition in Mumbai and Pune to finally land the plum role in Garth Davis’ “Lion”.

During the gala event, Host Jimmy Kimmel even went on to pick Sunny up in his arms.
His Grandpa Bhima Pawar told a private TV channel (ZeeTV) that the entire family was extremely proud of Sunny and how he achieved so much in life at such a tender age.

“We have not yet watched the film. But when it is released, our entire family will watch Sunny’s performance,” said Bhima Pawar as his other relatives and grandchildren watched.

“Lion” is the story of a five-year-old Saroo Brierley, who was stranded in a train which catapulted him hundreds of kilometres away from home to the busy Kolkata.

There, he managed to eke out an existence on footpaths, before a young Australian couple adopts him.

The elder version of Saroo was played by Dev Patel in the film. The role of his foster parents was played by David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.

Some 25 years later, Saroo takes the help of Google Earth to trace out his real family and finally returns from Australia to his home in Madhya Pradesh.

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 Wefornews Bureau


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