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Soundtrack review: Siddharth (Andrew Lockington – 2013)

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“Siddharth” is one of the nicest surprises of the year so far; it’s a beautiful and elegant score that will warm you up inside.

“Siddharth” is a 2013 Indian film directed by Richie Mehta. After sending away his 12 year-old son Siddharth for work, Mahendra (a chain-wallah who fixes broken zippers on the streets) is relieved – 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. Andrew Lockington wrote the score.

I love the main theme. “Prince Siddhartha” is Indian inspired of course and has the local flavor via the flute and the strings but the cue is so much more than this; it’s dreamy and fairy tale like, it’s gentle and innocent and it just makes me think of a meditation garden. I can relax and forget about the outside world when I listen to this one. “Police station” is even quieter and more somber. I understand a cue like this and I love to hear how it develops. I take it inside and mold it over my own feelings.

This score is quite a surprise for me, and a pleasant one. I was used to Andrew Lockington in adventure mode for the past few years and it’s refreshing and exciting to discover the quieter and more melodic side of him. The piano flows slowly and the score settles inside me with every second that passes. The Indian element has long since gone away and what’s left is a gorgeous orchestral score that echoes back to many happy moments from my past. I feel this score very close as if it was an old friend I hadn’t seen in years. In “Dongri” I hear the deepest Thomas Newman moments. In the piano I hear renaissance music I’ve listened to in various computer games as a child. These connections might only be in my mind but they just show how many echoes “Siddharth” finds inside me. This score is like a mirror that reflects my feelings and desires.

I just bathe in this score without a care in the world and flooded with happy thoughts. There’s no drama, no worries and nothing to fear. The music is simply beautiful and intimate, almost spiritual at times. Sometimes the sounds of nature come and bless the cues as if they were butterflies coming up from the grass. “The search for absolute truth” is one of the most beautiful cues I’ve heard so far in 2016. I hear nothing but love in it and I understand what the composer is telling me.

“Siddharth” is one of the nicest surprises of the year so far; it’s a beautiful and elegant score that will warm you up inside. Do not miss it.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 31 / 31

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Prince Siddhartha

Police Station

Railway Crossing

Ludhiana

“10-0-8”

Dongri

Chain-Wallah

The Search For Absolute Truth

Enlightenment

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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