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Siddhartha (1972)

The story of a young Indian who embarks upon a journey to find the meaning of existence. Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse.

Director:

Conrad Rooks

Writers:

Hermann Hesse (novel), Conrad Rooks (written for the screen by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Shashi Kapoor ... Siddhartha
Simi Garewal ... Kamala
Romesh Sharma ... Govinda
Pinchoo Kapoor ... Kamaswami (as Pincho Kapoor)
Zul Vellani Zul Vellani ... Vasudeva
Amrik Singh Amrik Singh ... Father
Kunal Kapoor ... Son
Shanti Hiranand Shanti Hiranand ... Mother
The Holy Sadhus of Rishikesh The Holy Sadhus of Rishikesh ... Himself
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The story of a young Indian who embarks upon a journey to find the meaning of existence. Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse.

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Winkler Film

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1974 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Sziddhártha See more »

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Production Co:

Lotus Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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There was talk of Amitabh Bachchan doing a small role in the film. That did not work out. See more »

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Version of Siddharta (2003) See more »

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Mother's Song
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Finally on DVD. A beautiful rendition of Hesse's Siddhartha
19 December 2002 | by gabravo123See all my reviews

After seeing this movie again in New York recently and noticing that it was going to be available on DVD, I ordered it immediately through Amazon.com and decided to send the following comments, which were posted in the "customer reviews" section:

1. The plot. The Nobel Prize winner, Hermann Hesse, wrote Siddhartha in 1922. It is a novel about Eastern spirituality (many Indian scholars consider it as one of the few successful examples of Indian philosophy presented by a Western author). Siddhartha is one of the names given to the Buddha himself. The novel narrates the pilgrimage of the son of a Brahmin, his struggle to find his own destiny; his friendship with Govinda (his "shadow"); his encounters with many different people: the Samanas (the ascetics that practice self-denial); Kamala (a courtesan who claims that she can teach and provide love as an art); Kamasawami (a rich merchant who becomes his boss); and Vasudeva... - note Vasudeva is another name given to Krishna, the teacher/driver of Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita).

2. The Movie. In 1972, Conrad Rooks (an almost unknown movie director who made "Chappaqua" in 1966) came out with a 94-minute movie transcription of Hesse's novel. He engaged Sven Nykvist (the famous Swedish cinematographer of Igmar Bergman) and a mainly Indian cast, including Shashi Kapoor (Siddhartha), Simi Garewal (Kamala), Romesh Sharma (Govinda) and Zul Vellani (Vasudeva). The beautiful music was composed by Hemanta Mukherjee (I hope the soundtrack will be available soon). It will be particularly enjoyable for those who have read the book. In many of the scenes the synergism produced by the photography, the music and the acting is superb. And with few exceptions, the movie is a good transcription of the book. The book and the movie became part of the "cult culture" of the West coast of the early seventies, but it never got the attention of the general public. With a condescending tone, Leonard Maltin refers to the movie as "too arty, but on-location photography ... is often dazzling".

After seeing the DVD transfer I was very happy with its high quality. There are 27 interesting minutes of comments made by Conrad Rooks about why and how he made the movie 30 years ago. With the DVD technology I am able to enjoy my favorite scenes and particularly the music of Hemanta Mukherjee on texts from another Nobel Prize, Rabindranath Tagore. Because of these unforgettable moments, I give a rating of 10, absolving Rooks from his "youth sins".


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