Saroo Brierley

Saroo Brierley was born in an Indian town called Khandwa. In 1986, aged only 5, he lost all contact with his family when he was at a train station waiting for his brother, who never returned. After living on the streets of Calcutta for 3 weeks by himself, he was placed in a local orphanage where an Australian family from Hobart adopted Saroo. After years trying to track down his old town through the labyrinth of railways lines on Google Earth and an image etched into his brain as a 5 year old, he finally found his town Khandwa on the map and travelled to India to try and find members of his family. In early 2012, after 25 years of separation, he finally reunited with his mother. His book A Long Way Home tells his story. The film adaption of Saroo's book is Lion. Starring Dev Patel as Saroo and Nicole Kidman and his adoptive mother Sue, it was released in 2016 and has been a global success.