Siddharth (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Siddharth takes an achingly compassionate and deeply unsettling look at all-too-common circumstances in modern-day India.

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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) Zeitgeist

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Cast

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
Irrfan Khan
as Siddarth/Chai Kid/Kamathipura Child
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Critic Reviews for Siddharth

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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.

Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Siddharth" provides something more valuable than a tidy resolution: a glimpse of the complicated nature of life a world away.

Aug 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A spare, lean, and decidedly unsettling account of the ugly reality of child labor and child abduction in India.

Jul 18, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Part of what makes "Siddharth" so troubling and moving is the difficulty we have situating our sympathies.

Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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