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Lion star Sunny Pawar chosen as Rising Star for Asian Awards in UK

The actor, who shot to global fame as the young Saroo Brierley in Lion (2016), has been chosen as Rising Star at the Annual Asian Awards in UK.

Shriram Iyengar

Child star Sunny Pawar, who shot to fame in the Oscar-nominated Lion (2016), might have another red carpet to grace. The young actor has been chosen Rising Star for the 7th Asian Awards in UK. The award will be presented to Pawar on Friday, the organisers announced.

His performance in Luke Davies' film alongside Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, earned Pawar fame. From Dwayne Johnson to Viola Davis, and Jimmy Kimmel, the young actor seemed to have the natural propensity to charm his way through Hollywood. It was host Jimmy Kimmel who mimicked the famous Lion King scene with Pawar at the 89th Academy Awards in 2016, launching him as a social media phenomenon.

Sunny Pawar, Jimmy Kimmel enact scene from The Lion King at Oscars

The actor has also signed on for another film, Love Sonia, which will see him share screen with Demi Moore and Freida Pinto.

Paul Sagoo, founder, The Asian Awards said, "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."

Founded in 2010, the awards recognises excellence in various fields by members of the Asian community. Previous winners of the award include Shah Rukh Khan, Zayn Malik, Kunal Nayyar and Jack Ma.