Country: Canada, India
Language: Hindi
Year: 2013
Running Time: 96 min
Mahendra, a down on his luck chain- wallah (a destitute worker who fixes broken zippers on the street) pulls his twelve year old son Siddharth out of school and sends him to Delhi to illegally work in a factory in order to help support the family. When Siddharth fails to return home some weeks later, his anxious parents fear that he may have been taken by child-traffickers. Increasingly worried and desperate but with little money, few resources, and no connections, Mahendra embarks on a quest across India to find his son. In this heart wrenching tale that shows that a parents’ love for their child is beyond the bounds of country, culture, circumstances or economics, we join in the pursuit, hoping beyond hope that whatever has befallen Siddharth, he will return unharmed.
Director Richie Mehta
Producer David Miller
Producer Steven N. Bray
Cinematographer Bob Gundu
Music Composer Andrew Lockington
Casting Director Mukesh Chhabra
Rajesh Tailang as Mahendra Saini
Tannishtha Chatterjee as Suman Saini
Director Richie Mehta follows his award-winning debut feature AMAL with this powerful and heart-rending tale about a poor Delhi street merchant desperately searching for his missing young son. Best Film: Heartland FF. Indian FF Stuttgart, Beijing IFF; Best director and Grand Jury Prize, SA IFF New York; Audience Award IFF LA;
Richie Mehta  | director
Richie Mehta’s first feature film, AMAL, has won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. Mehta recently completed the sci-fi feature film I’LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN, starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber, for Resolute Films and eONE films, to be released in 2014.
2013 Siddharth
2007 Amal
Now Toronto
Author: Radheyan Simonpillai
"Richie Mehta is quickly becoming a premier voice in Indian cinema despite the fact that he's from Canada. His sophomore feature about a man's desperate search for his missing son is an assured and harrowing look at the poverty and desperation in India's slums that makes tragedy so common. [...] A sociopolitical critique that doesn't interfere with the intimate story being told, Siddarth could be Canada's next foreign-language Oscar nominee."
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Author: Jay Weissberg
"A father’s slow-dawning despair over his helplessness in the wake of his son’s disappearance is movingly handled in Richie Mehta’s engrossing, multi-layered “Siddharth.” As with his debut, “Amal,” the Canadian-born Mehta proves that diasporan directors can make profound films about the subcontinent without too much pandering to Western tastes, playing with Indian tropes while incorporating indie aesthetics."
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Year Category Awarded By Award Result Award Recipient
2014 Heartland Film Festival Winner Richie Mehta
2015 Best Film Fajr Film Festival Winner Richie Mehta
2015 Best Feature Film Religion Today Film Festival Winner
2013 Grand Jury Prize South Asian International Film Festival NY Winner Richie Mehta
2013 Best Director South Asian International Film Festival NY Winner Richie Mehta
2014 Best World Feature Sonoma International Film Festival Winner Richie Mehta
2014 Best Film Indian Film Festival Stuttgart Winner Richie Mehta
2014 Audience Award Indian Film Festival Los Angeles Winner Richie Mehta
2014 Best Film Beijing International Film Festival Winner Richie Mehta