SIDDHARTH is strictly avoidable

Feb 28, 2009, 09:06 IST | Tushar Joshi

Siddharth Roy (Rajat) is an author who's just got out of prison (we don't know what he was in for!). Picking up pieces of paper from the prison he takes to his type writer feverishly typing out a short story.

What's it about: Siddharth Roy (Rajat)  is an author who's just got out of prison (we don't know what he was in for!). Picking up pieces of paper from the prison he takes to his type writer feverishly typing out a short story. Apparently, this is an attempt to reach out to his wife Maya who's divorced and is living separately with his kid. Out of the blue, we are taken to a cyber café and introduced to Mohan (Sachin) who works for a goon Amin Bhai (Praddip Sagar). Siddharth and Mohan's paths cross when the former mistakenly exchanges his briefcase with another one at the cyber café. From there the story goes on a random path leaving logic and reason with the edited reels.

What's hot: The only character you actually care about is Mohan (played sincerely by Nayak). He brings a certain raw edge to the table that keeps you interested in an otherwise dull and boring plot.

What's not: Pryas Gupta uses quotes from the Rig Veda as the premise to weave his story around. He wants to dwell on the human mind and its behaviour when it struggles to detach itself from any worldly attachment. But in the process of soaking his story in this mixture of studying loneliness and solace, he loses focus and strays away from what he sought to present. Confusing, haphazard and preposterous to the point of annoyance, the film takes a toll on your patience. Gupta uses  camera work, background music, lighting to decorate his work, but instead it adds to the chaos. Kapoor uses his body language and movement to convey emotions as he's left handicapped with a senseless script.

What to do: Neither risks making an effort, nor an experimental attempt. The film fails to engage you on any level.
 
Siddharth: The Prisoner
*1/2
Dir: Pryas Gupta
Cast: Rajat Kapoor, Sachin Nayak

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