India’s Slumdog Fireflies

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India’s Slumdog Fireflies

Illustration: Mandar Mhaskar

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he 89th Academy Awards are done. The red carpet has been rolled back and kept in the storeroom until it is time to exhume it next February. Hollywood’s biggest actors and filmmakers, who had gathered under one roof for a night of toasts, upsets, grandstanding, and utter confusion, have gone back home in their limos. And after a magnificent night, an eight-year-old who stole the show (and subsequent headline) will likely go back to reality in Kalina.

It will last for a while though. Sunny Pawar, the tiny star of the Oscar-nominated Lion, will bask in the afterglow of the film and his Oscar appearance for a short period before it begins to wear off.

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