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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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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."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"A spare, lean, and decidedly unsettling account of the ugly reality of child labor and child abduction in India."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It pains me to say this, but I'd almost prefer the mindlessness of "Taken" over the social preaching of "Siddharth.""
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Writer/director/editor Richie Mehta ("Amal") has created a modern day "Bicycle Thieves" with this devastating tale of an illiterate man trying to find his son with next to nothing to go on amidst the teaming masses of India."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Such a movie is a rare and elusive thing."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
""Siddharth" provides something more valuable than a tidy resolution: a glimpse of the complicated nature of life a world away."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Part of what makes "Siddharth" so troubling and moving is the difficulty we have situating our sympathies."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A modern-day neo-realistic fable and genuine spiritual journey. Beautifully shot and acted. See this."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"The film never feels less than utterly real in its depiction of both everyday Indian life and the hopelessness that comes so naturally in this sort of tragic situation."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"RIchie Mehta takes care to seek no melodramatic situations or easy villains, unless the villain is the uncaring society in which his hero lives."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt,
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It all feels very real."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
""Siddharth" is a well directed, written, acted and photographed film that should appeal beyond India with its universal story about a father's love for his son."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Not the easiest sit, but Siddharth rewards the brave with a study of pained determination and portrait of Indian life that offers a few surprises."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"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
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