‘When someone asks you if you want your memoir to be turned into a film, you’re not going to say no!’ Man who inspired the hit movie Lion starring Nicole Kidman talks about his life hitting the big screen
The biographical drama film, Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and David Wenham, won an incredible six Oscar nominations and international acclaim.
And now the man who inspired the film, Saroo Brierley, has revealed what it was like having his story played out on the big screen.
Appearing on Anh’s Brush with Fame on the ABC on Wednesday, Saroo, 38, said that when he was approached about the film, he couldn’t say no.
Reflecting: Saroo Brierley (pictured) who inspired the hit film Lion starring Nicole Kidman, talked about his life hitting the big screen on Wednesday
Lion, which came out in 2016, is based on Saroo’s autobiographical book, A Long Way Home.
His book reflects on his story from getting separated from his family in India to be adopted by an Australian family, and eventually finding his biological family years later.
‘I guess when someone asks you, ‘would you like your memoir and odyssey to be turned into a motion picture,’ of course you’re not going to say no,’ Saroo told Anh Do.
A hit: The biographical drama film, Lion (pictured), starring Nicole Kidman and David Wenham, won an incredible six Oscar nominations and international acclaim
After Anh asked if Saroo thought the film would get six Oscar nominations, Saroo said he just hoped people would see the film.
‘I don’t think people realise how much sort of poverty to missing children that there are in India,’ he said.
He also admitted that after he first saw the film, he was in tears within minutes.
Emotional: Saroo said he cried when he first saw the film based on his life. Saroo is pictured with Nicole Kidman in 2016
‘I thought I would be quite desensitised and ‘as if it’s going to affect me? I’m quite thick-skinned,’ he said.
‘When I saw it for the first time, I was in tears within five, ten minutes.’
He added that watching the film made his realise ‘how lucky’ he is that he was able to have a life in Australia.
In the film, Nicole plays Saroo’s adoptive mother, Sue Brierley.
Nicole previously told The Guardian about her bond with Sue, after meeting her in her Sydney apartment once, with Nicole also being an adoptive mother to Connor and Isabella Cruise with ex-husband Tom Cruise.
‘Sue has become very much a part of my life,’ Nicole told the publication, saying they ‘clicked’ when they first met.
‘She told me so much about herself, and I told her.’
‘And I wanted to capture, I suppose, just the goodness in a way,’ she said.
What a role! In the film, Nicole plays Saroo’s adoptive mother, Sue Brierley. Nicole previously told The Guardian about her bond with Sue, after meeting her in her Sydney apartment once