There are some movies that you watch and forget the next day, and then there are some which are so impactful, that they force you to think and ponder over the ills of the society. Such has been my experience with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s latest released on Netflix, Serious Men.
There is no doubt about the fact that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an actor who literally does justice to the parts he plays. Siddiqui as Ayyan Mani is a treat to the eyes, and at some point or the other, you may be able to relate to him or the situations that he has gotten himself into.
Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Basu Prasad, Nassar, Sanjay Narvekar, Indira Tiwari and Aakshath Das, Serious Men is based on a book written by Manu Joseph. Produced as well as directed by Sudhir Mishra, Serious Men shows you holes in the society the way you had never seen.
Nawaz being a dalit has not been able to have it all but wants things to be different for his son. In the entire want to see his child get the best of all worlds, he sends the son on a road which didn’t necessarily be taken. Serious Men displays how the society wants you to be, and how people of a particular caste are treated, the entire Shudra feel that existed in the society continues to do so.
Anyway, talking a bit less about the plot and more about the acting and the feel of the movie, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has only shot aces in his performance as Ayyan Mani. But what surprised me was Aakshath Das’s stupendous performance as Adi Mani.
The dramedy which mocks the system and the way things work has hit just the right nail. The satire is a must-watch, particularly for all the primitive minds who may be a bit little too sharply after being able to watch this.
As far as ratings are concerned, a 4 out of 5 stars is a must for a class act like this one.
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Ayyan Mani, Indira Tiwari as Oja Mani, Aakshath Das as Adi Mani, Nassar as Dr. Arvind Acharya, Sanjay Narvekar as Keshav Dhavre, Shweta Basu Prasad as Anuja Dhavre, Vidhi Chitalia as Oparna, Pathy Aiyar as Udayan