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  • Summary: After sending away his 12 year-old son Siddharth for work, Mahendra (a chain-wallah who fixes broken zippers on the streets) is relieved – his financial burdens will be alleviated. But when Siddharth fails to return home, Mahendra learns he may have been taken by child-traffickers. With little resources and no connections, he travels across India in pursuit, with the hope that whatever force arbitrarily took his child away will return him unharmed. [Zeitgeist Films] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 8, 2014
    Canadian director Richie Mehta ("Amal") based Siddharth on his own random encounter with a father searching for his missing son, and 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 26, 2014
    Its portrayal of impoverished, careworn people barking at one another and protecting their territory in a daily struggle is bracingly hardheaded.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jul 11, 2014
    Mehta explores matters more complex and unsettling than movie-tidy, against-the-odds heroism. In Tailang's fine performance, the enormity of Mahendra's mission registers in all its devastating weight.
  4. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Jul 17, 2014
    All this happens in an India that is both grim and beautiful: bustling, bureaucratic, colorful, harsh, full of cute children playing, full of downtrodden adults hustling for the next buck, full of life in general. It all feels very real. So does the ending.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Jun 26, 2014
    This quietly impassioned indictment of child-labor takes its time to get going but then builds steadily to a surprisingly strong finale.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 24, 2014
    The photography fascinates even when the story flags, and the film bristles with small revelations.
  7. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Jun 24, 2014
    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.

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