Australian director, Garth Davis through his strong cast of Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman has helped create emotions among the audience who bought a ticket to watch ‘Lion’.
True that the advancement in technology with GPS, Google Earth, there is less of human sentimental and more of mechanical jeopardy, however it is not true for ‘Lion’, where the boy who mistakenly travelled miles from his homeland, on a train where he slept off and 25 years later uses Google Maps to find his real mother.
Instead of using flashback to bring in the younger years of Saroo Brierley, played by the newcomer Sunny Pawar, Davis has decided to unfold the movie through its chronological order.
The second half of the movie is a little complicated where Saroo grew up to be a grownup man (Dev Patel) studying hotel Management in Melbourne, brought up by Australian couple. It was a small piece of food which triggered his childhood memory with which he becomes obsessed of finding his real family. Saroo relies on his broken childhood flashbacks and memories to get back to his real family.
Shifting from the sorrowful Saroo, the movie makers have glorified the wide dimensions of Google. But at least some of the audience are sure to feel a corporate propaganda underlying the story telling. The movie also hints to how much small the world has become, and the possibilities of technology in solving human problems.
However the ending of the movie is quite anticipated on how Saroo re-joins his family. It is the en route his journey to finding his family in India that is emotional and graceful.
If at all a sequel of the movie is made, will it show how Siri helped you get back in line with your estranged husband?