Is there anything Nawazuddin Siddiqui can’t do? Well, according to his upcoming Netflix movie ‘Serious Men,’ his character seems to direct his aspirations towards his son, a child genius. In the movie directed by Sudhir Mishra, Siddiqui embarks on a journey that questions the pressure that comes with being a good student in the country, and how education often plays a role in the hope of upward mobility for the lower classes.
Based on Manu Joseph’s book of the same name, Serious Men stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Ayyan Mani whose monologue hilariously opens with a take on nepotism. By clarifying that it is only possible to improve your situation as each generation passes by, we know that all the pressure will be encountered by Ayyan’s son, who thankfully turns out to be a boy genius. Or does he? After being touted the young Abdul Kalam and Ambedkar, and even vying for a spot on the Guinness Book of Records, the pace changes to what may be a giant ruse created by Ayyan.
Siddiqui, of course, has done several direct-to-Netflix projects in recent years, including playing Ganesh Gaitonde on the successful series, Sacred Games. Serious Men releases on October 2. It is produced by Bombay Fables and Cine Raas Entertainment, and also stars Indira Tiwari, M. Nasser, and Shweta Basu Prasad.