It could have been a sensational film but, A Primitive film, couldn’t deal with its own intellectuals.
Netflix hasn’t been favourite choice of quality lovers because mostly or almost every time they came up with average product despite talented cast and promising previews. Serious Men adds another paper foil in the dustbin of Netflix which can be read once if you have too much time and got nothing else to watch. The script offers something outstanding which could have became a nationwide sensation but did not end so.
The story follows Ayyan Mani (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) a middle-aged Dalit working as an assistant to a Brahmin astronomer Dr. Acharya (Nassar) who is rude to him at the National Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. He lives in slum with his wife Oja (Indira Tiwari) and a son Adi (Akshath Das). Furious at his situation in life about not getting equal chances due to low cast ignorance from high class people, Ayyan develops an outrageous story that his 10-year-old son is a science genius – a lie which later gets out of control.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Aaryan is brilliant and there is nothing you can hate about his acting in the film. Indira Tiwari as his wife gives a natural and matured performance and Aakshath’s dialogue delivery is incredible. Nassar as Dr. Acharya doesn’t impress much which is shocking while Sanjay Narvekar in small role comes out as a big surprise. Shweta Basu Prasad’s look is one of the finest work of make up artist recently as she looks like a real thing from the society and more than her beauty they focused more on her presentation as that smart girl with physical damages.
The film begins and takes charge on a solid note with massive turning hold dialogues and fun factors. Then it goes on to find intellectual part to blow our minds that at one moment or for an half an hour to be more precise the film looks something outstanding and never seen before stuff. But while moving towards the climax it doesn’t find proper answers to it’s own intelligent theory and hurries up to the typical dumb ending. Screenplay is engaging, literally no dull moments except for one or two in the 2nd half. Overall narrative is entertaining and interesting even though it failed to make sense in the the climax. Dialogues are fantastic and Nawazuddin’s dialogue delivery makes it even more funnier. Vulgarity and abusive Language are definitely 2 big issues here because the film has a child Artist in pivotal role and the Child audience cannot watch this semi adult drama.
Sudhir Mishra is a genius director i must say and even in Serious Men he kept the tag alive for most of the runtime. He tried to put up so many things in one narrative such as Middle Class Man’s life, his struggle, low caste issues, educational frauds, political conspiracy, a child’s mentality and all this so humanly that it seemed impossible to have all these things together. Even after all this so good looking show where did he missed it? It lies in the climax. The film intends to be a sensational and intelligent stuff but it hardly tries to keep it’s own words in the end. Its just another undone show by Netflix. In short, “Primitive Film, i could’t deal with it.” They tried to sell a fraud under the cover of Intelligent theory and Cast grade system but didn’t get it right.
RATING – 5/10*
By – Sameer Ahire.