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Review: Siddharth

February 20, 2015

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

Siddharth PosterAfter premiering at TIFF in 2013, and kicking around the festival circuit since then, the Indian drama Siddharth is finally circling back to Toronto and starting a limited run at the Bell Lightbox this weekend.  Tickets and showtimes can be found right here.

Desperate for money to support his family, the caring but underemployed Mahandra Saini (Rajesh Tailang) sells his son Siddharth (Irfan Khan) for work.  But when the young boy mysteriously disappears from the child labour factory, Mahandra struggles to find him.

Although with contradicting information from other people, and not even a picture for the police to use as reference, the odds of father and son becoming reunited are growing increasingly slim, especially as the weeks go by and his desperate search stretches further across India.

A pretty good sophomore effort from Canadian director Richie Mehta, Siddharth is a somewhat slight but fairly well made and often involving film.  The screenplay feels believable in its sensitive telling of an emotional story, sadly inspired by a real life encounter between the director and a man searching for his missing son.  Although don’t go expecting an uplifting tale, Siddharth is still worth seeing, especially for Rajesh Tailang’s solid leading work.

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