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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film of subdued but mounting panic and grief - an unsentimental portrait of poverty in contemporary India and of a benighted man's efforts to understand the world beyond his workaday struggles."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"A disturbing and devastating descent into Third world poverty, exploitation and desperation, more often than not mere backdrop to the social insularity of most other movies. Yet weighing in provocative ways, struggle and exploitation as inevitably bound."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"A sense of hopelessness invades every frame of "Siddharth," yet its story is not emotionally manipulative."
‑ Odie Henderson,
"A well-intentioned story of an impoverished father searching for his missing child is muddled by an ambitious sociological agenda in Richie Mehta's film."
‑ Wes Greene, Slant Magazine
"Its portrayal of impoverished, careworn people barking at one another and protecting their territory in a daily struggle is bracingly hardheaded."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's suspenseful and heartbreaking, and doesn't provide easy answers."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Unfortunately, Mehta does not retain a firm grip on his storyline and the film, perhaps too enraptured by the bustlingly colorful locales of India, which are featured in lengthy, dialogue-less passages, becomes rather meandering."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Shot on the fly throughout India, Siddharth ... was inspired by a conversation the director had with a Mumbai rickshaw driver, whose son had vanished without a trace."
‑ Kent Turner,
"For all its scenes of orphans and hardscrabble street life, and its spirit of shrugging helplessness, Siddharth always feels ferociously personal."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"An achingly personal tale of grief and despair amidst the ironies of the modern world, where almost medieval levels of misery live alongside 21st-century horrors."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A view of India that is a corrective to the "economic miracle" mythology promoted in the corporate media presented in powerful neorealist terms."
‑ Louis Proyect,
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