‘Lion’ king Sunny Pawar gets royal reception in Mumbai

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Mumbai, March 1 (IANS) Eight-year-old “Lion” actor Sunny Pawar, who created waves at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles with his “The Lion King” act, returned home to a royal welcome as he stepped out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Wednesday morning.

Accompanied by his father Dilip Pawar — a former sweeper-turned-son’s business manager — Sunny sat on the trolley stacked high with his luggage and was wheeled out to a large number of people cheering and waving, as a media battalion braced for an encounter with the young celebrity.

Though appearing a bit weary from a long-haul flight, Sunny was a bundle of energy, enthusiastically smiled and waved back at the people, as a couple of bouncers struggled to keep their valuable subject safe from the mobbing crowds.

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Some emotional elderly family members and relatives garlanded him as he stepped out of the airport, offered him sweets and blessed the actor, who attended the star-studded awards ceremony on February 26.

“I am very happy and enjoyed attending the Oscars ceremony,” Sunny, who featured in the Oscar nominated Hollywood film “Lion”, said to a mediaperson.

To another, he shot back: “I will continue to study and also pursue my acting career.”

The Class III student of Air Indian Model School, Kalina, was selected out of a nationwide talent-hunt around one and half years ago and finally cleared the auditions in Mumbai and Pune to land the plum role in Garth Davis’s “Lion”.



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