Mumbai: Mumbai boy and “Lion” star Sunny Pawar says he had great time at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.

The eight-year-old child actor, who hails from a suburban slum in the city, rose to global fame overnight with his Oscar-nominated film “Lion” starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

Pic Courtesy: Yogen Shah

Pic Courtesy: Yogen Shah

He played the role of young Saroo Brierley in the Garth Davis-directed movie.

“I had a lot of fun at the Oscars. I am really happy and I really enjoyed attending the Oscars,” Sunny said at the airport after returning from the US in the wee hours today.

Pic Courtesy: Yogen Shah

Pic Courtesy: Yogen Shah

“Lion” is the true story of a young child who is separated from his family and later gets adopted by an Australian family. When he grows up, he uses Google Earth to find his real parents.

Sunny’s family is on the cloud nine and is proud of him.

“We all are very happy that Sunny has reached this far. It all seems like a dream. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the Oscars due to some technical problems we will surely watch it soon,” Sunny’s grandfather Bhima Pawar told PTI.

His mother Vasu says his son has been a movie buff and one of his favourite films is Hrithik Roshan’s “Krrish”.

“I don’t know what to say…It’s all happening too quick.

Happiness is a small word to describe my feelings at the moment. We are thankful to the entire team of ‘Lion’,” she said, adding that Sunny is good at studies as well.

Sunny will be meeting the family of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence in suburban Bandra this noon.

-PTI