SERIOUS MEN – MOVIE REVIEW (NETFLIX)
A NETFLIX original, SERIOUS MEN is a film based on Manu Joseph’s book SERIOUS MEN. Produced by Bombay Fables and Cineraas Entertainment the film is directed by Sudhir Mishra.
The film has everything that we are used to in postmodern Indian films, the ridicule of religion( no guesses which one), the caste card, rich poor divide, failed education system, foolish politicians(narrowly edging out the media) and everything else that you can be ashamed of as an Indian. 63 years and the only thing that has got better in the country are the Indian Film Industry and the film makers.
OTT has plugged the gap that existed in such films getting a theatre release. Even otherwise the screenplay is far-fetched and largely contrived. It could end only one way and it is easy to chart its course albeit with a lot of open ends and questions that go unanswered.
As far as performances go, the film is a treat. Nawazuddin time and again proves why he is the finest actor across the length and breadth of the country. Aakshath Das is simply brilliant and an amazing talent. Indira Tiwari is wonderful and so are the rest of the cast.
Karol Antenin’s music fits the drama and Alexander Sukala’s cinematography captures the mood aptly. Atanu Mukherjee ensures the movie is on an even pace. Dialogues are good. Sudhir Mishra’s experience in direction is in ample display.
SERIOUS MEN is a satire on everything that is “Indian” and that is enough to satisfy many …
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