Lion

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Dev Patel stars in LION

Dev Patel

Saroo

Dev catapulted to success in 2009 when he starred in the Academy Award® winning film Slumdog Millionaire and received rave reviews for his performance and garnered a number of award wins including the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, The British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, The Broadcast Film Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Actor and The Chicago & Washington Film Critics' Awards for Most Promising Performer.

Dev voiced the male lead opposite Daisy Ridley in Studio Ghibli's North American re-release of Only Yesterday, directed by Isao Takahata. He also starred in The Man Who Knew Infinity and, with Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley and Sigourney Weaver, in Neill Blomkamp's Chappie. He starred opposite Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Richard Gere in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden and in the original The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opposite the same cast including Tom Wilkinson. The film became a worldwide commercial success and was nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Picture. Dev was last seen on TV starring opposite Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer in the 3rd and final season of HBO'S Golden Globe nominated series The Newsroom, created by Aaron Sorkin, for which he was nominated for a 2013 NAACP award for Best Supporting actor.

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Nicole Kidman in LION

Nicole Kidman

Sue

Academy Award® winning actress Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting 1989 Australian psychological thriller Dead Calm. Kidman has since become an internationally-recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility.

In 2002, Kidman was honored with her first Oscar nomination for her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s innovative musical, Moulin Rouge! For that role, and her performance in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller, The Others, she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations, winning for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s The Hours.

In 2010, Kidman starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actress. The film was developed by Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films. In October 2012, Kidman starred in Lee Daniel’s The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack. Her performance earned her an AACTA, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nomination. In 2014, Kidman was seen in Grace of Monaco, which earned her a SAG nomination. She was most recently seen in The Secret in Their Eyes with Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Kidman’s recent films include The Family Fang with Jason Bateman, which she also produces, Genius alongside Colin Firth and How to Talk to Girls at Parties. She also features in the second season of Jane Campion’s acclaimed television series Top of The Lake, produced by See-Saw Films.

Also in television, Kidman was seen staring in HBO’s Hemingway and Gellhorn alongside Clive Owen in 2012. Her portrayal as Martha Gellhorn earned her Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations. Kidman will return to the small screen in the limited series Big Little Lies alongside Reese Witherspoon for HBO. Kidman’s Blossom Films and Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard will produce the project.

In theater, Kidman made a highly-lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring with Iain Glenn in “The Blue Room,” David Hare’s modern adaptation of Schnitzler’s “La Ronde.” For her performance Kidman won London’s Evening Standard Award and was nominated in the Best Actress category for a Laurence Olivier Award. Kidman can currently be seen on the West End stage in Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51,” for which she received a London’s Evening Standard Award.

In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UN Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she has helped raise millions over the years for the Women’s Cancer Program which is a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women’s cancer.

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Rooney Mara in LION

Rooney Mara

Lucy

In 2015 Rooney Mara won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her role as Therese in Carol, a performance that would also receive a nomination for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. Rooney Mara mesmerized audiences and critics alike in the David Fincher directed U.S. adaptation of the popular Stieg Larsson book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In a three- picture deal, to include The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Mara portrays the female lead Lisbeth Salander opposite Daniel Craig and Robin Wright. For this role, Rooney was recognized by the National Board of Review for Breakthrough Performance as well as earned a Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress, Drama.

In 2013, Rooney starred in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Competitive entry Ain’t Them Bodies Saints for writer/ director David Lowery with Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. Also in 2013, Mara starred in Side Effects directed by Steven Soderbergh and opposite Channing Tatum and Jude Law. Rooney appeared in the Academy® & Golden Globe® Best Picture nominated film Her, directed by Spike Jonze and also starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, and will next be seen starring alongside Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman in the Untitled Terrence Malick film. She will work again with director Garth Davis in See-Saw Film’s Mary Magdalene, currently in production.

In addition, Rooney will star in Stephen Daldry’s film Trash, set in the slums of Brazil with a script written by Richard Curtis, in Pan, directed by Joe Wright (with Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried) and also in Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture along with Vanessa Redgrave and Jeremy Irons.

Additional film credits include Tanner Hall, directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg; David Fincher’s The Social Network; The Weinstein Company’s Youth in Revolt and The Winning Season opposite Sam Rockwell.

On the small screen, Rooney’s credits include memorable guest starring roles on ER, The CleanerWomen’s Murder Club, and Law & Order: SVU.

Mara is the Founder of the non-profit organization Uweze, which provides critical care and assistance to poverty-stricken orphans in Africa’s largest slum in Kibera, Kenya.

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David Wenham in LION

David Wenham

John

David Wenham has received critical acclaim for his diverse performances in film, theatre and television. He is one of Australia’s most respected actors. Best known internationally as Faramir in Peter Jackson’s critically acclaimed second and third Lord Of The Rings installments The Two Towers and Return of The King in which he shared in the Screen Actors Guild Award®, Broadcast Film Critics Award and National Board of Review Award in the category of Best Ensemble. He appeared in

Oranges And Sunshine alongside Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving; Pope Joan; Baz Luhrmann’s Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and Public Enemies starring alongside Johnny Depp.

David’s accolades include Best Actor Awards at the 2003 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, IF Awards, and The Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) for Gettin’ Square, Best Actor nominations at the AFI Awards for Paul Cox’s Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien, The Bank and Better Than Sex; and a Best Actor nomination at the 1999 FCCA Awards and AFI Awards for his haunting portrayal a psychopath named Brett Sprague in The Boys alongside Toni Collette.

David’s other feature film credits include 300, in which he worked with director Zack Synder, Moulin Rouge!, Cosi, Married Life, Van Helsing, The Children Of Huang Shi and The Proposition.

David is well known to Australian television audiences as the lovable Diver Dan in the award winning ABC TV series Seachange, a role which earned him an AFI Award nomination in 1998. He won the same award the previous year for the critically acclaimed ABC TV miniseries Simone De Beauvoir’s Babies.

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Sunny Pawar in LION

Sunny Pawar

Saroo (young)

LION is Sunny Pawar’s first acting role. He was discovered at a school for disadvantaged children in Mumbai after an exhaustive search to find the boy to play the leading role of young Saroo. Sunny continues to live with his family and go to school in Mumbai. Since filming of LION, Sunny has been cast in the film Love Sonia, starring Demi Moore.

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Abhishek Bharate

Guddu

LION is Abhishek Bharate’s first acting role. His talent was discovered through casting at his school and he continues to live with his family and study in Mumbai. Abhishek will be working alongside Sunny Pawar again in Love Sonia, starring Demi Moore.

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Priyanka Bose

Kamla

Priyanka started her career with small roles in Love Sex aur Dhoka, Sorry Bhai!, Johnny Gaddar and Guzaarish before landing the lead role in Italian director Italo Spinelli’s 2010 film Gangor. For this performance she won the best actress award at the New Jersey Independent South Asian Film Festival.

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Tannishtha Chatterjee

Noor

Multi award-winning actress Tannishtha Chatterjee gained international attention for her performance in Sarah Gavron’s celebrated feature Brick Lane, which saw her nominated as Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards alongside Judi Dench and Anne Hathaway.

Tannishtha had two films selected for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses and Parched, and also in 2015 Island City was selected for the Venice Film Festival. She has also appeared in Academy Award®- winning German director Florian Gallenberger’s Shadows of Time, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Bombay Summer for which she received the Best Actress award at the New York Indian Film Festival.

Tannishtha’s critically acclaimed performance in Dekh Indian Circus saw her receive Best Actress awards in a number of film festivals including India's National Film Award. She also appeared in Monsoon Shootout, which premiered at a midnight screening in Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Tannishtha also starred in the recently released Siddharth, which was in Official Selection at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, amongst others.

She also appeared in the film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain with Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn and Rapjal Yadav, and in Unindian alongside Brett Lee.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Rawa

Nawazuddin Siddiqui gained international recognition in 2012 when his film Patang premiered at Berlin Film Festival. He is a prominent figure in Hindi cinema with over 40 feature film credits, including Black Friday (2004), New York (2009), Peepli Live (2010), Kahani (2012) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012).

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Deepti Naval

Mrs. Sood

Born in northern India, Deepti Naval is an acclaimed actor, director and poet. After her schooling she migrated to the United States, where she was educated at the City University of New York and received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Hunter College in Manhattan. She made her debut with the movie Ek Baar Phir in 1979 and has acted in more than 60 films since then. Among these are Chashmebaddoor, Kamla, Mirch Masala, Ankahi, Main Zinda Hoon, Panchvati, and more recently, Leela and Freaky Chakra. She also wrote and directed Thodasa Aasmaan, a TV serial about women, and produced a travel show called The Path Less Traveled. A selection of poems in Hindi, Lamha-Lamha was published in 1983 and more recently, MapinLit brought out a new collection called Black Wind  and Other Poems. She also runs the Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust, set up in memory of her late companion, for the education of girls.

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Divian Ladwa in LION

Divian Ladwa

Mantosh

Divian is known for playing Hugh in the BBC TV Series Decectorist and for his roles in feature films Saxon and 8 Minutes Idle. He has appeared in numerous short films and voiced the sole role in the BAFTA nominated animated short My Dad.

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Sachin Joab

Bharat

Sachin, a graduate from The National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne, is probably best known for his role in the Australian series, Neighbours. Other Australian TV credits include Fat Tony & Co, the fast paced cable television mini series Conspiracy 365 and SBS drama Better Man. His US TV credits include guest roles on TNT series Perception and SyFy’s mini series Childhood’s End. Sachin’s film highlights include Sarah Watts' My Year Without Sex and comedy Big Mamma’s Boy.

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Pallavi Sharda

Prama

Australia’s Bollywood star, Pallavi Sharda, is a classical Indian (Bharatha Natyam) dancer and film actress. An honors graduate from the University of Melbourne, Pallavi completed her LLB/BA (Media & Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) before moving to Mumbai to fulfill her childhood dream of working in Hindi Cinema.

With a diverse repertoire of films and theatre performances behind her, including the female lead role

in Australian cricketing comedy Save Your Legs, Pallavi became a household name in India with her starring role in Besharam. Her next Bollywood venture was Hawaaizaada, in which she starred with Ayushmann Khurrana.

Pallavi is a cultural ambassador for India-Australia relations and features prominently on panels focused on intercultural relations. She has been a panelist on ABC’s Q & A program and an ambassador for ‘Oz Fest’ in India. During her current visit to Australia, Pallavi will deliver an address on ‘traversing barriers and fulfilling dreams’ at the inaugural BOLDTalks Woman Forum in Melbourne. Most recently, she appeared in the Australian- Indian cross-cultural rom-com UnIndian and this year will appear in the female lead in the screen adaptation of Helen Garner’s bestseller – Joe Cinque’s Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos.

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Arka Das

Sami

Arka started acting professionally in 2003 when he entered the regional Youth Shakespeare Festival and in the following year, in 2004, won first place in the duologue category.

Whilst at university he appeared in various plays, culminating in References to Salvador Dali, Make Me Hot! for Griffin Independent at the SBW Stables Theatre in Sydney.

He made his debut with the Ensemble Theatre in 2010 in Animals Out of Paper, for which he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards. He also returned to the Ensemble a year later for Casanova, then appeared in Beached at the Griffin Theatre in 2013 alongside a star- studded cast.

Arka recently starred as Farid in the critically acclaimed ABC mini series The Code and as Nathan in the independent feature film Good Morning.

As well as acting, Arka has also started writing and directing content. Most notably, he co-created, directed and starred in comedy web series The Casuals, which has already been acquired for online distribution in the USA.