Child actor Sunny Pawar, best known for his performance in the Oscar-nominated film Lion, has been chosen for the Rising Star Award. The award will be presented to Sunny at the 7th Annual Asian Awards on Friday (May 5), the organizers announced today.
Sunny, 8, who hails from a Santacruz slum, shot to global fame with his role in the Australian drama where he worked alongside award-winning actors Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. He was cast as young Saroo Brierley in the real life-inspired drama.
Sunny’s performance was praised by Hollywood celebrities Viola Davis, Andrew Garfield, Dwayne Johnson, and late night talk-show host, Jimmy Kimmel, who re-enacted a scene from The Lion King with the child star at the 89th Academy Awards.
Sunny’s upcoming film “Love Sonia” is set to release in 2017 and features Demi Moore and Freida Pinto. “The Asian Awards prides itself on honouring people who have achieved the highest levels in their craft. We have been waiting for someone to come along whose debut fits that description in order to justify creating the Rising Star Award. Finally, we have found that achievement in Sunny Pawar,” said Paul Sagoo, Founder of The Asian Awards.
Congratulations to the wonder kid, Sunny!