Lion movie director used sign language to explain child actor Sunny Pawar how to act

Australian movie Lion created a lot of buzz in India because large parts of the movie were shot in Madhya Pradesh and Kolkata.

The movie, which featured Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman in main roles, also had Indian actors like Sunny Pawar, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Child actor Sunny Pawar who played the part of younger Saroo was from a Mumbai slum and had no acting experience.

Since he spoke no English and did not understand the language, director Garth Davis used sign language to explain to Sunny how to act out emotional scenes.

The idea helped Sunny in expressing emotions in a natural way, which impressed the audiences and critics alike.

Lion movie has been appreciated globally for its amazing acting performances and real representation of poverty, pain and separation. It is one of the most memorable films of the year.

The story is about a man's search to find his birth family, 25 years after being adopted by an Australian couple from a Kolkata orphanage.

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