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Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Aakshath Das, Shweta Basu Prasad, Nasser, Indira Tiwari

Directed by: Sudhir Mishra

Written by: Bhavesh Mandalia, Abhijeet Khuman, Niren Bhatt and Nikhil Nair

What is it about:

The story is of a socio-economically backward man Ayyan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui)who is tired and angered by the world constantly looking down on him. He works as an assistant to a scientist Dr Arvind Acharya (M Nasser) and is used to being called a moron, imbecile, idiot and the likes of it. Dr Acharya is trying to conduct a programme to find the existence of space microbes, thereby solving many of life’s mysteries. Ayyan meanwhile is on cloud nine as his wife has given birth to a son, who has been named Adi. When he turns 9 or 10, it comes to light that Adi is a genius. He has vast and immense knowledge in the field of science, especially more than any other kid of his age. This gets a lot of media attention and he becomes a celebrity of sorts, at least in the neighbourhood that he lives in. Soon, it also spruces interest in the political circles. Keshav Dhawre (Sanjay Narvekar), a seasoned politician along with his daughter, Anuja (Shweta Basu Prasad), who’s also an upcoming politician, meet Ayyan and his family. The father and daughter wish to redevelop BDD Chawl complex into a luxurious residential township, equipped with all major amenities. They want Ayyan to let Adi be a part of it, so as to it would be easier to convince the others living around, and they promise a nice reward for him. Ayyan realizes how much his son’s fame can help turn the fortunes of the family. However, he also holds a secret that can have disastrous consequences as well. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

What we liked:

The film is realistic and true to the times that we live in. It runs a commentary about and also in a way takes a dig at the caste and class system plaguing our society; not only that but how broken our education system is. The plot is fresh and the execution is enjoyable. The film is consistent and crisp from start to finish. Sudhir Mishra doesn’t really put a foot wrong and this film is evidence of a man who knows what he wants the film to look like and it has come out as he may have envisioned it. The message that comes out doesn’t really seem forced either. The acting performances only alleviate the film. Nawazuddin is on a roll and shines in his role and etches out his character to perfection. Aakshath Das who plays his son in the film offers wonderful support. The film doesn’t feel like a bore and everything comes together well for the film.

What we didn’t like:

While the film is consistent and crisp, it would have been much better if it would have been about 15-20 minutes shorter.

SERIOUS MEN is now streaming on NETFLIX.

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