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Director  Conrad Rooks
Release date  July 2006 (India)
Initial DVD release  December 10, 2002
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Mystery
Adapted from  Siddhartha
Language  English
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Writer  Conrad Rooks, Paul Mayersberg
Release date  1973
Cast  Shashi Kapoor (Siddartha), Simi Garewal (Kamala), Romesh Sharma (Govinda), Zul Vellani (Vasudeva), Amrik Singh (Siddartha's Father), Kunal Kapoor (Siddartha's Son)
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Siddhartha is a 1972 American film based on the novel of the same name by Hermann Hesse, directed by Conrad Rooks. It was shot on location in Northern India, and features work by noted cinematographer Sven Nykvist. The locations used for the film were the holy city of Rishikesh and the private estates and palaces of the Maharajah of Bharatpur.


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The film tells the story of the young Siddhartha (played by Shashi Kapoor), born in a rich family, and his search for a meaningful way of life. This search takes him through periods of harsh asceticism, sensual pleasures, material wealth, then self-revulsion and eventually to the oneness and harmony with himself that he has been seeking. Siddhartha learns that the secret of life cannot be passed on from one person to another, but must be achieved through inner experience.


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  • Shashi Kapoor as Siddhartha
  • Simi Garewal as Kamala
  • Romesh Sharma as Govinda
  • Pincho Kapoor as Kamaswami
  • Zul Vellani as Vasudeva
  • Amrik Singh as Father
  • Kunal Kapoor as Son
  • Shanti Hiranand as Mother
  • Controversy

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    Simi Garewal's nude scene caused controversy in India. The Indian Censor Board, at that time, did not even permit on-screen kissing in Indian films.


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    All the Indian music was composed and sung by Hemant Kumar, with lyrics to the songs by Gouriprasanna: Mother’s song was by Shanti Hiranand.

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    Kumar's Bengali songs, adapted for Siddhartha, "Pather Klanti Bhule" is from the 1956 movie Maru Tirtha Hinglaj and "O Nodire Ekti Kotha Shudhai" is from the 1959 movie Neel Akasher Neechey.

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    No soundtrack album for the film was issued.

    Premiere and revival

    The film premiered in the West and the U.S. to positive reviews. Then during the 1970s and 1980s, it disappeared from distribution and runs in theaters. In 1996 it came back after much work and restoration, followed by release to TV and video. Those who saw the film applauded it as a tale of self-discovery and praised the restoration work. A region 1 DVD was released in 2002.


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