SAROO- 5th grade

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Lion- The Story of Saroo

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In 1986, Saroo, a five-year-old boy, lives with his older brother Guddu, his mother and his younger sister in Khandwa, India. Saroo’s family is very poor and the mother works hard to bring food to her children. Guddu, the oldest brother, works and helps his mother make money for the family. Guddu works in different jobs for a number of days or weeks.

One night, Saroo goes with Guddu to work. They arrive at a nearby train station. The station is quiet and empty and the trains are standing still waiting for the morning to come to start moving again. Guddu goes to look for the people who gave him the job. Saroo is tired so he stays back in the train station and takes a nap. Guddu tries to wake him up, but Saroo is too tired. After some time, when Guddu does not come back, Saroo starts searching for him. He gets on a train because he thinks he will find Guddu on the train. Saroo is so tired that he falls asleep again on the train. When he wakes up he sees that the train is moving. 

After a number of days, the train arrives in Calcutta. It is a big and busy city and very far away from his hometown. In Calcutta, he does not understand the Bengali language that people speak. He stands at a ticket counter and tries to buy a ticket home. But the person at the counter does not know the name of his village. This is because Sarroo can’t remember the name and says it in a wrong way. He spends the night in the train station with some street children. While he’s sleeping he suddenly wakes up and starts running away when a group of men try to kidnap לחטוף the street children.

Saroo continues to walk in the city, not knowing where to go and what to do. Then he meets a friendly woman called Noor on the street. This friendly woman brings him back to her apartment. She tells Saroo that a man named Rama will help him find his way home. Saroo feels that Noor and Rama have bad intentions and don’t really want to help him. So he runs away, and escapes Noor when she runs after him. After two months of living on the street near the Howrah Bridge, a young man sees Saroo and takes him to the police. The policemen really want to help him, but because they can’t find his family, they put him in an orphanage. 

Three months later, Saroo meets Mrs. Sood at the orphanage. She tells him she wrote about him in a number of newspapers, trying to find his family, but no one answered back. She then tells him that an Australian couple wants to adopt him. She begins to teach Saroo English and he moves to Hobart, Tasmania in 1987, under the care of Sue and John Brierley. He slowly starts to feel at home. A year later, they adopt another boy, Mantosh, who has trouble getting used to his new home and gets really angry sometimes.

Twenty years later, Saroo, now a young man, moves to Melbourne to study at the university. He starts a relationship with Lucy, an American student. During a meal with some Indian friends at their home, he comes across jalebi, a kind of sweet delicacy he remembers from the time when he was a child. He tells everyone that he is adopted and that he doesn’t know anything about his Indian family. His friends tell him he should use Google Earth to search for his hometown in India. Saroo begins his search and becomes obsessed with it. After some time, he ends the relationship with Lucy, because it’s hard for him to think about what his family in India had to go through when he was missing.

TELLING THE STORY

BACKGROUND

Saroo is a five-year-old boy who….

Guddu, his oldest brother…

AT THE TRAIN STATION

One night, Saroo goes…

They arrive at…

Guddu goes to…

Saroo is tired so…

After some time, when Guddu doesn’t …

He gets on a train…

Saroo is so tired that…

When he wakes up…

AT CALCUTTA TRAIN STATION

After a number of days…

There, he does not understand…

He tries to…But… (because… ticket)

He spends the night…

While he’s sleeping…

IN THE CITY OF CALCUTTA

Saroo continues to walk..

Then he meets…

She tells Saroo that …

Saroo feels…so he…

After two months of living on the street…

The policemen really want… but because…

AT THE ORPHANAGE

Saroo meets…

Mrs. Sood tells him that she…

An Australian couple…

IN AUSTRALIA

Twenty years later, Saroo, now a young man…

During a meal with…

He tells everyone…

His friends tell him…

Saroo begins his search…

 

END OF THE STORY

Saroo visits his mother Sue because she is in bad health. He finds out that she could have babies of her own, but she chose to help others in need by adopting children from India. She believed that there were already too many people on Earth. Saroo spends a long time searching for his hometown. One evening, while using Google Earth, he notices the rock formations where his mother worked. He then finds the area where he lived. He tells his adoptive mother about his search, and she supports him.

Saroo returns to his hometown, where he has an emotional reunion with his biological mother and sister. He learns that Guddu is dead. Guddu was killed by a train the same night that they went to the station as children. Saroo’s mother never gave up hope and believed that one day her missing son would return. She never moved away from the village, hoping to see him there one day. The movie ends with captions about the real Saroo’s return to India in February 2012. We see photos of the real Australian family, as well as footage of Saroo introducing Sue to his biological mother in India, who deeply appreciates Sue’s care for her son. Saroo later learned that he always said his own name incorrectly. It was actually Sheru, a Hindi word meaning “lion”.