Lion actor Sunny Pawar returns home from Oscars, gets a grand reception

Lion’s 8-year-old star Sunny Pawar is now back home from Oscars and received a grand reception as his family and friends queued outside Mumbai airport to meet him.

Lion actor Sunny Pawar returns home from Oscars, gets a grand reception

Lion’s 8-year-old star Sunny Pawar is now back home from Oscars and received a grand reception as his family and friends queued outside Mumbai airport to meet him.

From tilak to garland, his family couldn't contain he happiness of meeting their son post his Oscar stint.

"I am very happy and enjoyed attending the Oscars ceremony. I will continue to study and also pursue my acting career," Dressed in a blue shirt and denim pants, Sunny told IANS.


Sunny basked in the limelight at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony where he won accolades from the audience after re-enacting a scene from The Lion King with host Jimmy Kimmel.

Sunny was selected from 2,000 children across schools in India to play the role of the young Saroo Brierley.

Sunny and his younger brother and sister, live with parents Dilip Pawar, a former government office sweeper, and home-maker mother Vasu, in a slum in Kalina in the western suburbs.

Despite his humble background, Sunny zoomed through auditioning rounds in Mumbai and Pune to land a plum role in the blockbuster Hollywood biographical film Lion.

Sunny is cast in the role of a young Saroo Brierley, who was stranded on a train which catapulted him hundreds of km away from home to busy Kolkata. There, he ekes out an existence on the footpaths, before a young Australian couple adopts him. The elder version of Saroo was played by Dev Patel in the film.