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Director  Pryas Gupta
Release date  February 27, 2009 (India)
Duration  
Language  Hindi English
6.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Music director  Sagar Desai
Country  India
Siddharth: The Prisoner movie poster
Release date  July 2008 (2008-07) (Cinefan Festival) 27 February 2009 (2009-02-27)
Writer  Anadi (dialogue), Pryas Gupta (dialogue), Pryas Gupta (story), Hitesh Kewalya (dialogue)
Screenplay  Pryas Gupta, Hitesh Kewalya, Anadi
Cast  Rajat Kapoor (Siddharth Roy), Sachin Nayak (Mohan), Pradeep Kabra (Aseem), Pradip Sagar (Amin Bhai), Ava Mukherjee (Mayas Mother)
Similar movies  Saheb - Biwi Aur Gangster (2011), John Day (2013), Vaada (2005), Vidiyum Munn (2013), Ugly (2013)

Recently released from prison, a man (Rajat Kapoor) accidentally takes a gangsters stash of cash.

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Siddharth: The Prisoner (Hindi: ) is a 2008 Indian thriller film written and directed by Pryas Gupta starring Rajat Kapoor, Sachin Nayak, Pradip Sagar in lead roles.

Synopsis

Just released from prison, Siddharth Roy (Rajat Kapoor), a once famous writer, completes a new manuscript. He re-engages with the outside world, hoping that the new book will restore his reputation and also reconcile him with his estranged wife, Maya. Fate has other plans for Roy, when his briefcase gets exchanged at a cyber cafe with a similar briefcase containing a large sum of money. Roy loses the only copy of his new manuscript, while Mohan (Sachin Nayak), the cyber cafe manager, comes under pressure from mob bosses to recover the lost money. In the midst of growing despair about the lost manuscript, Roy is reconciled with his three-year-old son through a scheming housemaid. Unable to find happiness in the money he has found Roy begins to desire the custody of his son. Meanwhile the pressure mounts on Mohan as he loses his job and is forced to go into hiding from the mob. He must find Roy and money at any cost. Based on the ancient text of the Rig Veda, the film explores the theme of renunciation (of desire) as the true path to enlightenment and freedom.

Cast

  • Rajat Kapoor as Siddharth Roy.
  • Sachin Nayak as Mohan
  • Pradip Sagar as Amin Bhai (as Praddip Sagar)
  • Pradeep Kabra as Aseem
  • Gulab Chand Soni as Krishna
  • Radhika as Geeta
  • Deepak Dadhwal as Lawyer
  • Ramesh Rai as Atul Bhai
  • Geeta Panchal as Sarita - The Maid
  • Krish Bhatia as Siddharths Son
  • Ava Mukherjee as Mayas Mother / Siddharths Mother-in-law
  • Fareed as Sonu
  • Sanjeev Jain as Police Inspector
  • Release

    The film was released on February 27, 2009 worldwide.

    Reception

    Upon release film gathered mixed reviews from critics. Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave the film a three star rating saying, "A metaphorical film about freedom and desire, the film keeps you engrossed. Firstly, by its explorations on the leitmotif of greed. And secondly, due to Rajat Kapoors nuanced, almost minimalist act of a man in torment."

    Anupama Chopra of NDTV gave a negative review saying, "Gupta doesn’t explain key points in the film: like why Siddharth, an author who almost won the Booker prize, ends up in jail; why his wife wants to divorce him and why he seems so bereft of money, family or even one friend. Siddharth the Prisoner sags under its own subtext."

    References

    Siddharth: The Prisoner Wikipedia
    Siddharth: The Prisoner IMDb