A middle-aged personal assistant of an astronaut, Ayyan Mani who works at the National Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, gets frustrated by his life and wants to change it badly. When he learns his little son is a slow-learner, he develops a master plan to prove his son Adi a genius, which drastically gets out of hand.
THE TITLE ITSELF
Serious Men, came as a mockery from Ayyan’s mouth when he understood all these people running behind other things but refrain from learning about life. And, this whole mess only creates chaos when they forget to live.
CINEMATOGRAPHY AND DIRECTION
This is Sudhir Mishra’s first adaptation of a book, Serious Men by Manu Joseph, and the direction is done very well. At some places the cinematography was brilliant, Ayyan always observing his bosses through the glass, the chaos going in Adi’s mind, the lighting in the slum area are some of the visuals I truly loved.
CHILDREN AND THEIR GROWTH
“A child is like a flower, either they grow, or they die. But you keep watering the seeds.” This is a great thought, and as well as a lesson, how children should be left with their own imagination, how children are supposed to dream in their own way, and parents should stay by their side while they dream without trying to burden them with their own unfulfilled wishes and broken desires.
A CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH
Sometimes life really throws so many stones at you, that you want to take over life and sometimes that just becomes taking over your children’s life. The crushing feeling that life offered Ayyan, he unknowingly crushed his son’s mental health under that. This film portrayed no matter how much parents want their best for their kids, it is best for the kid in letting them just be.
SCIENCE AND RELIGION
There are many serious topics that this film touches subtly but with great effect. There’s a scene when Ayyan depicts how the majority of the country will care about what happens in the religious place than care about what happens in a science institute. As disheartening as it sounds, it’s a bitter truth.
CONCLUSION: It was funny at times, at times it will make you question, as much as you want to laugh with Adi, it’ll make you feel bad for him. This film will surely leave you with a bittersweet feeling and taste of reality and realization, leaving with the conclusion life can be turned into something beautiful.