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Siddharth

Director Richie Mehta follows his 2008 Film Circuit favourite and debut feature Amal with this powerful and heart-rending tale about a poor Delhi street merchant desperately searching for his missing young son.

A “chain wallah” who makes his meagre living mending zippers in the streets of New Delhi, Mahendra (newcomer Rajesh Tailang, in a superb performance) sends his 12-year-old son Siddharth to work in a factory in another province to help support their family, which includes his mother Suman (Tannishtha Chatterjee; Anna Karenina, Brick Lane) and sister Pinky (Khushi Mathur). Siddharth is supposed to come home for Diwali after a month away. When he fails to return or call, the guilt-ridden Mahendra takes swift action but faces obstacles at every turn: he has no money, or even a photograph of his son; the authorities scold him for putting his son to work and suggest Siddharth would be untraceable if kidnapped and trafficked in a population of a billion people.

Director Richie Mehta deftly brings to life Mahendra’s moving, tangled, and often futile-seeming journey with a neorealist touch that transforms it into a genuine human portrait. Mehta sets this quest within a hard-working community that is poor in so many ways, yet rich in family and love.

Riddled with mysteries, Siddharth reminds us that sometimes there simply are no easy answers. A powerful story about the ramifications of a single decision and the limitations that result from poverty, it underscores that, as India itself has so often done, in the face of the unspeakable one must keep moving forward.



CRITICAL NOTES

"Richie Mehta’s engrossing, multi-layered film is a movingly handled story of a child’s disappearance... a small gem with humanity." - Jay Weissberg, Variety
FILM INFORMATION

Director: Richie Mehta
Cast: Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora
Year: 2013
Runtime: 96 minutes
Country: Canada/India
Language: Hindi (English subtitles)



Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

SCREENING DATES 

Date Circuit Centre Location
April 24, 2014 Film Night International Smiths Falls
Rideau Canal Museum
Smiths Falls, ON
April 30, 2014 Revelstoke Film Circuit
Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre
Revelstoke, BC
May 14, 2014 Cinefest Durham
Oshawa Cineplex Odeon
Oshawa, ON
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