Adorable newcomer Sunny Pawar plays the young man with open-faced appeal and no trace of smart-ass child-actor precociousness. Patel takes over the role in the film's second half, when the adult Saroo labors to find his birth mother using Google Earth. It's a wild, WTF tale that could easily get bogged down in sentimental gushing. That it doesn't (much) is a tribute to first-time feature director Garth Davis, working from a script by Luke Davies that steps smartly even when Saroo's romance with fellow student Lucy (Rooney Mara) distracts us from the chase.
The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000) (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really ... Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures
In 2016, Patel starred as Saroo Brierley in the biographical film Lion , directed by Garth Davis and co-starring Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara , which premiered to rave reviews and " Oscar buzz" at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival .     The film is based on the non-fiction novel written by Brierley titled A Long Way Home .  Patel won the BAFTA awards for 'Best Supporting Actor'. At the 89th Academy Awards , he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Lion .