New Delhi: Often being referred to as a one-hit wonder, Dev Patel is back to assert his position in the film industry. The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ actor who has been made to prove his mettle time and again even after being a part of highly acclaimed projects such as ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’, the Brit is now back with the movie ‘Lion’.
Directed by Garth Davis, the movie starring Dev Patel, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and Academy Award Nominee Rooney Mara is slated for its release on November 25, 2016. The very first trailer has been launched and the viewers have been given a taste of what they can expect in a movie which has its roots in India.
The British star plays Saroo Brierley, an Indian-Australian businessman who undertakes an odyssey to track down his birth mother and brother in Kolkata. Rooney Mara plays his girlfriend, and Nicole Kidman and David Wenham are roped in for the role of his adoptive parents. Sunny Pawar plays young Saroo in the movie.
Based on Brierley’s 2013 memoir A Long Way Home, Lion is about to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival but has already attracted heavyweight attention due to its star-cast and highly gripping just-released trailer.
The audiences are set for an emotional experience and journey along with Saroo who was 5 when his brother tells him to wait by a railway yard one night. He falls asleep in a carriage and is carried away from home in a train. There when he meets a group of Indians aged 25 after growing up in Australia, Saroo realises he has to track down his mother by using whatever resources he has at his disposal, which is only a few scraps of information and the app Google Maps.
Filmed on location in both India and Australia, the film is, in Patel’s words, “a really immersive kind of story. Visually there’s a beautiful contrast between the lakes and trees and vistas of Tasmania and the burning oranges and reds of India.”