‘I’d be shocked if Dev wasn’t nom­i­nated’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Aus­tralian film­maker Garth Davis was cer­tain that ac­tor Dev Pa­tel, 26, will bag an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for his film, Lion. “I would’ve been re­ally shocked if he wasn’t nom­i­nated be­cause Dev’s per­for­mance was re­ally in­tense, and it de­serves a nom­i­na­tion… He was quite real and hon­est with the por­trayal,” says Davis.

Pa­tel’s por­trayal of the older ver­sion of Sa­roo Bri­er­ley (who gets lost in Kolkata and gets adopted by an Aus­tralian cou­ple) has won him a nom­i­na­tion in the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor cat­e­gory, while the film vies for the Best Pic­ture tro­phy at the up­com­ing 79th Academy Awards. Lion has amassed over 60 nom­i­na­tions across film awards, in­clud­ing six at the Os­cars.

Davis — who re­cently vis­ited Mum­bai for a spe­cial screen­ing — agrees that such buzz is good for the film that’s now set for the In­dian mar­ket. “It’s nice that it has been nom­i­nated for Os­cars be­cause that means more peo­ple would want to watch the film. The idea is take this ex­tra­or­di­nary tale of this young In­dian boy and his jour­ney to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

How­ever, the film­maker isn’t keep­ing his fin­gers crossed in hope to sweep away top hon­ours. “We wanted to be true to the story, and that was the only idea be­hind it. More than that, I have no con­trol over awards, so wor­ry­ing about the fact whether or not the film will win an award isn’t a good idea,” he says.

Dev Pa­tel was quite real and hon­est with his per­for­mance... It was re­ally in­tense, and it de­serves a nom­i­na­tion GARTH DAVIS, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: JONATHAN ALCORN/REUTERS

Garth Davis (left) with Dev Pa­tel

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