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Siddharth (2014)




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Siddharth is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mehendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mehendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took Siddharth might return him unharmed. A powerful family drama both heart-rending and suspenseful, Siddharth won Best Film (and Best Director for Richie Mehta) at the South Asian International Film Festival and is an Official Selection of Human Rights Watch. (c) Zeitgeistmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Maureen Dorey, Richie Mehta
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 2014
Box Office: $59.8k
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Rajesh Tailang
as Mahendra Saini
Anurag Arora
as Ranjit Gahlot
Shobha Sharma Jassi
as Meena Gahlot
Amitabh Srivasta
as Om Prakash
Mukesh Chhabra
as Mukesh-Bhai
Khushi Mathur
as Pinky Saini
Irfan Khan
as Siddarth/Chai Kid/Ka...
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Simple but engrossing, Canadian director Richie Mehta's Siddharth is the story of an Indian father searching for his missing son, and offers a window into the lives of India's working poor that goes beyond the familiar issues of food and shelter.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Globe and Mail
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Tension builds along with hopelessness but Mehta avoids making judgments or giving easy answers about the circumstances that led to Siddharth being sent off to work.

Full Review… | February 19, 2015
Toronto Star
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Though at times "Siddharth" can resemble a well-photographed report on India's social and economic ills, Mehta subtly employs different styles to sustain the poetry, poignancy, and drama.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Boston Globe
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"Siddharth" provides something more valuable than a tidy resolution: a glimpse of the complicated nature of life a world away.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Washington Post
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Like Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief," the film uses downbeat themes to make a point about this particular society and life in general.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A spare, lean, and decidedly unsettling account of the ugly reality of child labor and child abduction in India.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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