Sunny Pawar, the eight-year-old Mumbai boy who created waves at the Oscar awards ceremony, returned home to a royal welcome on Wednesday morning. Accompanied by his father Dilip Pawar, a former sweeper turned -son’s business manager, Sunny sat on the trolley stacked high with his luggage as he was wheeled out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport.

Sunny called on Shiv Sena ‘tiger’ Uddhav Thackeray and his family on Wednesday. Thackeray and son Aditya received the young star 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 Thackeray asked about his favorite 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.

Though appearing a tad weary from the long-haul flight, Sunny was a bundle of energy. He smiled and waved back as bouncers struggled to keep their valuable subject safe from the mobbing crowds.

Some emotional elderly family members and relatives, including his grandfather Bhima Pawar, garlanded him, offered him sweets and blessed him

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