Sa­roo on Os­car nom­i­na­tion: The mo­ment of truth is when Dev wins it

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Henna Rakheja

Au­thor Sa­roo Bri­er­ley (left) is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the 2017 Os­carnom­i­nated movie, Lion. But he hasn’t called up ac­tor Dev Pa­tel yet, who es­sayed the lead role in the film. “I didn’t think there was any sort of ne­ces­sity to ring him up and con­grat­u­late him. It’s just a nom­i­na­tion,” says Bri­er­ley, the In­dian-born Aus­tralian writer.

The film is based on his au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal book, A Long Way Home. He was a street child, who was sep­a­rated from his fam­ily at a rail­way sta­tion in Kolkata. He was later adopted by an Aus­tralian cou­ple. “Let’s not try and be ju­bi­lant. It’s not like clap-clap we have done it. See­ing is be­liev­ing and the mo­ment of truth is when he gets the merit of achieve­ment, that’s when we should cel­e­brate,” he ex­plains. Sa­roo says he was sur­prised when he got to know that a film is be­ing made on his life. “But the re­al­i­sa­tion came much later,” he says, adding that he paid ex­tra at­ten­tion to the script. “My mum and I put notes, read it from the start to the end, and dis­cussed at each stage what needed to be changed. We did this with our con­sul­tants. I didn’t even know if there was a need for a scriptwriter af­ter all this.” He says another con­di­tion that he had put right in the be­gin­ning was: “Mak­ing sure that the film is shot in Ho­bart, Tas­ma­nia, be­cause it’s a pic­turesque coun­try.”

From his child­hood days, he re­calls the time when he watched Ra­mayana on TV. “We were al­lowed to come to these peo­ple’s house (in neigh­bour­hood) and watch it. That was my first TV ex­pe­ri­ence. We all sat down as kids and watched it. I, be­ing the most un­priv­i­leged among the lot.”

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