Director Sudhir Mishra gives Nawazuddin Siddiqui the chance to do what they both like doing best: exploring the desperate hunger of the middleclass to satiate its dreams through their progenies. Here, the target of Nawaz’s wolfish aspirations is his young suitably bespectacled son who is declared a protégé by his father. Whether the boy is actually a protégé or not remains to be seen when the film releases. Perception in this case, is King.
Father Nawaz, tired of being bullied for his disempowered status in society is determined to make his son rise above his destiny. It is a great idea for a social satire. And it feels like a breath of fresh air to see both Nawaz and Mishra doing something lighter in tone for once, compared to what they’ve been doing for some time now.
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However, I am not too happy with the supporting cast in Serious Men. In the trailer at least they seem routine to the point of blandness. Nawaz alone cannot hold up a film. He needs a solid support system. I find that lacking in the trailer of Serious Men. A lot of the content that’s been put in the trailer showcases the leading man’s propensity to push the middleclass cart close to the edge. Whether Nawaz succeeds in stopping the cart from toppling over is something we’ll find out real soon. The film is slated to release on Netflix on October 2, 2020.