Siddharth Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Siddharth by Andrew Lockington.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 95.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 25.6
Album Excellence: 82.8%
Siddharth is a 2013 Indian-Canadian drama film directed by Richie Mehta and starring Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Anurag Arora. After sending away his 12 year-old son Siddharth for work, Mahendra (a chain-wallah who specializes in fixing broken zippers on the streets) is relieved as 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. The score is composed by Andrew Lockington.
I remember listening to this score when it was first released (I think back in 2013), and it was very enjoyable. I don’t remember the details of the music, but I love the fact that Intrada Records is releasing it to hopefully a wider audience and the fact that I get to re-visit this largely forgotten score. The score opens with ‘Prince Siddhartha’ and the beautiful music of India hits me. Now that’s an entrance. I love Indian music and Lockington got the style nailed down here. Yeah this is gorgeous, particularly the flute section from 55 seconds and onwards. This makes me want to jump for joy. The theme itself is also a thing of beauty. Wonderful! Weird how I couldn’t remember this music since it’s so beautiful. This music is so zen, so calming. ‘Police Station’ has a more serious tone to it, but in a very calm and impressive manner.
The score doesn’t maintain it’s Indian identity which I feel is a shame, but the music is still very calming and beautiful and doesn’t rely on it’s Indian nature. Cues like ‘Dongri’ is a very simple string and piano theme that work out pretty great. Still, there’s a bit of a disappointment on my part not having this score fully realise it’s potential. There aren’t many Indian sounding scores and this could have been one of the more prominent ones and at the same time be quite unique. That’s probably my only counterpoint for this score because it is a very beautiful score for the most part, Indian or not. I hope you check out his score because it’s worthy of your attention. It’s a light-hearted and very calming score that should be enjoyed by a larger audience and I hope that with the power of Intrada that it will happen.
1. Prince Siddhartha *
2. Police Station
8. The Search For Absolute Truth
9. Enlightenment *