The movie Lion is about four-year-old Saroo who lives in a small village in India with his mother and brother Guddu. Guddu works in order to take care of his family, and one day Saroo desperately wants to join his brother on a mission. The journey is risky, so on the way Guddu tells Saroo to stay put until he comes back from work. Saroo falls asleep at the train station, and becomes frightened once he wakes up. No one is at the train station, so he starts to run away in panic. He climbs into a still-standing train looking for his brother, but falls asleep again. When he wakes up, the train is moving fast and he is unable to get off. Saroo travels a distance of 1600 kilometers, far away from his home and family. He now must learn to survive on the streets. The police take him to an orphanage where he soon will be adopted by a couple from Australia. 25 years later, his memories of his hometown and family reoccur, so he becomes desperate and tries tracking down where he originally comes from by using Google Earth.
The movie touch into many different themes, but the most reoccurring must be family, poverty, wealth, love, identity and exploration. The most major one is probably relations. By every situation, every action in the movie, one can conclude with the theme of relations. The biggest points/highlights in the film are the most scenes from Saroo’s childhood, especially when he runs away from the train station, as well as becoming adopted; getting to know the “parents”, moving to another country, and getting used to a different culture. Living a privileged life. Another major highlight would have to be all the research he puts down to track down his origin, and when he reunites with his family – of course.
This movie was quite eye-opening to me, just by watching how different my life is compared to Saroos’ – especially when he lived in India. It is almost like two different universes. I also started to think about how the children of India live today – that many children might actually live the way Saroo does. By thinking about how many children struggle by living on the streets of India might make many couples consider adoption. There are many advantages of this, because the children might get to live a better life – a more privileged life which Saroo experiences. But typically, we all miss home once we move away from our families for instance. I can’t imagine how desperate one can be, when they know that their family is alive, but have no clue of where they are.