The real letdown is a script and director that do not get enough from the source material...
The sadness and joy is never delivered in a story that should be filled with those moments.
The real clips of the mothers meeting in the end credits is more tearjerking. It feels like this is a companion piece to an already made documentary, so if you don't know the story already there are a lot of blanks to fill in.
Shame as it is an engaging story that deserves to be told better.
The core of the movie lies within the emotions and feelings of the character rather than the development or the pace of the script which makes it more beautiful and breezy then it could have been. Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and even Sunny Pawar put their heart into it which makes you feel for them and even cry at certain points. Even after projecting each and every stage of saroo's life one doesn't get tired of it since the character is so much lovable that you can't get enough of him.