Sunny Pawar has officially laid claim to being the cutest actor of his 2017 Oscars season. It seems that each year there’s one little kid who lights up everyone’s eyes and this year it’s definitely the adorable 8-Year-Old who warmed our hearts in the Oscar-nominated movie Lion. In a bit that we never shared here from a January 19th episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert happens to come across Sunny in the park while the little boy is reading a book.
“Oh my god, I loved your performance in Lion,” Colbert says of the Mumbai native’s turn as a young Saroo Brierley – an Indian man who got separated from his family as a young boy, then found his way back to them as an adult, with the help of Google Earth. “It was so heartwarming. I would love to have you on my show sometime.”
The little boy replies with “I’d love to” but Colbert then remembers that Pawar doesn’t speak English and he needs an interpreter for his interviews. Sunny beat out 2,000 other children for his part in Lion. If there’s one thing fans should be excited about for this year’s Academy Awards, it’s seeing this kid in a tuxedo.
“I used to phonetically write the lines down – hear them and write them down,” explains Pawar, who was originally denied a Visa request to attend the award-winning film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
Pawar co-starred with Dev Patel. Check out the funny bit below!