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Genre Adventure, Drama
Director Garth Davis
Cast Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
  • Release Date 16/02/2017
  • Category IIA
  • Duration 118 mins
  • Country Australia, the UK

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven.

Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart, Tasmania. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother.

But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens Saroo’s buried wish. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.

The Real Saroo

Saroo Brierley and his adoptive parents Sue and John continue to live in Hobart, Tasmania, where Saroo works in the family business. Saroo is a passionate supporter of the work of Mrs. Sood, who arranged his adoption to Australia and who runs orphanages in Kolkata. Saroo returns to India frequently to visit Mrs. Sood, his birth mother Kamla and his extended Indian family. Saroo is also a sought after motivational speaker in Australia and overseas.

id you know?

  • The film is adapted from the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.
  • Google assisted the producers throughout filming, ensuring authenticity of the scenes in which Saroo searches for his Indian birthplace using Google Earth.
  • There are over 11 million children living on the streets of India, and more than 80,000 go missing each year. There is a ‘LionHeart’ campaign to raise awareness about these problems and to inspire action on a global scale.


  • Saroo

    Lost on a train travelling from his home and family, he must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, India.

  • Sue

    She adopts Saroo and they live in Australia.

  • Lucy

    She becomes Saroo’s girlfriend after they meet as students at an international hospitality college. Saroo’s journey pulls him away from her as he becomes more and more isolated by his search for home and by the past.