Lion script
Lion (2016)
Synopsis: Lion is a 2016 biographical film directed by Garth Davis (in his feature debut) and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.

Saroo’s MOTHER (KAMLA, 30 - beautiful, but lined by life)

ladles dhal onto plates for Saroo, Guddu, and SHEKILA (2).

KALLU (a boy, 9 - Saroo and Guddu’s brother, cheeky, flighty)

enters, sits, unwrapping a cloth containing scraps of bread.

KALLU:

I got the bread!

SAROO:

(it’s competitive)

We got the milk!

They devour the meal in silence. We study each person.

Kamla unties the plastic bag, pours the milk into a bowl. She

dips a crust of bread and gives it to Shekila to suckle on.

Guddu, Kallu, and Saroo take a sip each and pass the bowl.

Saroo offers the bowl to his mother. She smiles a gentle No.

Saroo grins at Guddu. So proud of their milk escapade.

Kallu ups and leaves as fast as he came.

INT. ONE-ROOM HOME - SOON AFTER (EVENING)

Saroo lies with Shekila on her little “cot” - barely a scrap

of mattress - on the floor. Soothing her, stroking her head.

SAROO:

Shhh. Shhh.

Saroo lifts his head, looks at Kamla as she drapes her head

with a silk sari and begins to head out.

She looks back at his questioning little face.

KAMLA:

You know I have to work.

INT. ONE-ROOM HOME - SOON AFTER (EVENING)

Stillness of the night outside. Shekila sleeps; Saroo nearly

there. But when Guddu slips out the door, Saroo sees him go.

EXT. ALLEY BEHIND ONE-ROOM HOME - MOMENTS LATER (NIGHT)

Guddu wrestles his rickety bicycle from its hiding place.

SAROO (O.S.)

How long this time?

Guddu turns to see Saroo standing there.

GUDDU:

You did good today, Saroo.

SAROO:

I want to come with you. How long?

GUDDU:

A week. You have to mind Shekila.

SAROO:

Kallu will be back.

GUDDU:

You’re too little to carry sacks.

It’s very hard work.

SAROO:

I can carry anything!

Guddu smiles, amused. Really?

With great effort, Saroo lifts up the bicycle, holds it aloft

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