'Lion' king Sunny Pawar called on Shiv Sena 'tiger' Uddhav Thacekray and his family on Wednesday. All pics/Yogen Shah
Thackeray and son Aditya received Sunny and his family at their home, a few hours after he landed in Mumbai, following a grand stage presence at the 89th Academy Awards function in Los Angeles.
The brief welcome and round of felicitation included Thackeray presenting him a large bouquet of flowers and Sunny reciprocating with a small bouquet amid prolonged applause.
When Uddhav Thackeray about his favourite actors, Sunny replied: "I adore Ajay Devgn, Rajanikanth and Hrithik Roshan. I love acting."
Sunny and the Thackerays spoke in Hindi as Sunny, of south Indian descent, cannot speak Marathi.
Sunny added that he would continue to act.
The Thackerays blessed him.
He was accompanied by his entire family including parents Dilip and Vasu, his younger brother and sister, grandparents, uncles and aunts and a retinue of little cousins.
Earlier, Sunny was given a rousing reception at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
Uddhav, along with his son Aditya and other members of the party, greeted Sunny and posed for pictures with the young star.
Sunny rose to global fame overnight with his Oscar- nominated film "Lion" starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. He played the role of young Saroo Brierley in the Garth Davis-directed movie.
Sunny, a Class III student of Air Indian Model School at Kalina in Mumbai, was selected after a nationwide talent-hunt around one-and-a-half years ago and cleared the auditions in Mumbai and Pune to land the plum role in the film.
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Child actor Sunny Pawar met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai after returning from the US where he attended the Oscar awards. We have pictures