Serious men


Serious Men, a novel by Manu Joseph which was published in 2010, is a satirical take on contemporary India. The film, directed by Sudhir Mishra is an adaptation of this same book which tells the complicated tale of ambition of the character, Ayyan Mani.   Ayyan Mani (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and his family consisting of Oja (Indira Tiwari) and son Adi (Aakshath Das), live in a small room in a Mumbai chawl. He is an ambitious father desperate to move upward on the social ladder. Being the PA to a renowned Brahmin astrophysicist Aravind Acharya (Nassar), he is constantly humiliated by his boss at every given opportunity.   Thus, the upper caste people who look down upon common folks like Ayyan, is termed by him as ‘serious men’. Yearning to become like one of those ‘serious men’, he cons the world into believing that his son is a ‘genius.’   Ayyan…