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Serious Men Movie Review | Nawazuddin Siddiqui steals the show with his acting again!

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Since the pandemic, the OTT platforms are throbbing. Digital media has become just more powerful because of the lockdown. Just like many of the other OTT platforms, Netflix has released another intriguing movie for its viewers. Bollywood Hush has bought you Serious Men Movie review. So, you don’t have to waste your time if you looking for a movie that you do not want to watch.  

Movie Details: 

Director: Sudhir Mishra 

Cast:  Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Aakshath Das, M. Nasser, Indira Tiwari, Shweta Basu Prasad, Sanjay Narvekar, Vidhi Chitalia 

Run Time: 1 hour 54 minutes 

Producer: Bombay Fables, Cineraas Entertainment 

Where to Watch: Netflix 


The Sacred Games actor is starring in a book adaptation titled Serious Men. This book is written by Manu Joseph and shares the same title as the movie. Hailing from a Dalit family, Ayyan Mani (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) wants his only son Adi (Aakshath Das) to have what he didn’t – a life of privilege, opportunities, and respect from all strata of society.  

Even after repeated attempts, Mani fails to impress his boss. Ayyan Mani is frustrated with the obstacles that are placed in front of him and his family due to his caste. To seek revenge and prove to society his capabilities, he tries to fool everybody by proving that his 10-year-old son is a mathematical genius. While Mani’s scheme does wonders for a while, it soon takes a turn for the worse. 

Serious Men Movie Review: 

Serious Men Movie Review

Mani, portrayed and interpreted by Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a meticulous and refined manner, will leave an impression on you as a father whose only wish is to give a better life to his son, and he could go to any extent to accomplish it. After a lifetime of being called names such as ‘moron’ and ‘imbecile’, he decides to channel his anger at the world by conning it. Ayyan begins a journey of upward social mobility by convincing everybody that his 10-year-old son is, in fact, a genius. 

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Serious Men is a funny commentary on Indian society that serves as an eye-opener since we are already close to saying goodbye to 2020. The film would not be half as impressive without its hilarious dialogues and stunning actor performances. Both these aspects not only shine bright in the movie but also serve their purpose beyond the storyline. 

Serious Men is also a critique of the broken Indian education system, as rote as the curriculum it prescribes, and a takedown of that age-old Indian tendency of parents projecting their unfulfilled dreams upon their children. After a point, it seems like Ayyan isn’t continuing his grand con for the sake of his son’s future, but to vent out his own frustrations. It’s a tricky tightrope to walk. One false step and Ayyan becomes irredeemable. 

Bollywood Hush rates the movie 4.5/5 stars. Stay tuned to Bollywood Hush for the latest news and updates. 

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