Amazon Prime Original Series The Family Man Season 2 is back with a bang. Srikant Tiwari shows his vulnerable side this time and it will leave you teary eyed.
Last week, we reviewed Netflix Original Series Lucifer’s new episodes. This week we will return to our roots and review India’s favourite web series, The Family Man.
The Family Man Season 2 has been quite a sensation since its release. Though the series was criticized for its representation of the Muslim community and the Kashmiris in Season 1, this time The Family Man has given context to the antagonists – Tamil Eelam rebels. Directed by Director Duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru and starring Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar, Neeraj Madhav, Sharib Hashmi, Dalip Tahil, Sunny Hinduja, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Shahab Ali and Samantha Akkineni, this espionage thriller follows the life of Intelligence Officer Srikant Tiwary, who works for the NIA’s Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell.
Those who have watched the first season will be super excited for the second one as Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger. Season 2 has proven itself a worthy succesor to its big brother. Be it Srikant – JK’s friendly banter, Dhriti’s teenage amgst, Raji’s dead eyes, Sajid’s ruthless terror or Suchi-Arvind’s lonavala mystery, The Family Man Season 2 gives you a hundred reasons to shower your love on it. However, here we will be discussing 10 such reasons why we are fans of this Amazon Prime Original Series.
1. Srikant Tiwary – The Character
Well, this is not an overstatement but the truth. Manoj Bajpayee has made the character his own and it will be difficult to see him as anyone else now. Srikant Tiwari juggling his family life while also providing comic relief alongside his secret life of being a TASC Agent will make you empathise with his character. Also, this season we saw his vulnerable side post a tragic scene which speaks volumes about the man’s acting abilities.
2. Beautifully Choreographed Action Sequences
The cinematography by Cameron Eric Bryson is top notch and of Hollywood standards. One action sequence that takes place when Srikant and his team are surrounded by the rebels is choreographed so well with beautiful top and long shots, it perfectly communicated the scene’s tension and nail biting suspense.
3. Dhriti’s Survival Instinct
Srikant Tiwary’s daughter Dhriti, played by Ashlesha Thakur, is a revelation as she shows her acting prowess in a gruesome sequence displaying her survival instinct turning for the worse. Though we would have also liked Srikant’s son Atharv getting some more screen time.
4. Raji’s spine chilling persona
Rajalekshmi aka Raji, played by Samantha Akkineni, gives a jaw dropping performance as an indoctrinated highly trained rebel soldier and fighter pilot, who turns from a coy employee into a lethal commando in a matter of minutes. Her fight scenes are so deadly yet awe inspiring that it will leave you with a new perspective about the actress.
5. Tighter and Crisp Script
The screenplay of The Family Man Season 2 is tighter, crisper and wonderfully tied to the events and aftermath of Season 1. The geopolitical realities coupled with Srikant’s inner turmoil regarding his corporate job and failing marriage are beautifully woven throughout the series with adequate amount of playful banters and edge of the seat sequences. The emotions displayed on screen are supported by dialogues that feel real and there is natural transition between scenes.
6. Attention to Detail
A lot of detail is given to characters, their stories and the scenes in the sense that the final output looks authetic and not forced. Tamil characters played by South Indian characters helped capture the context’s nuances. Even in small funny scenes like the one where Muthu taunts JK saying that for the latter Tamil Nadu is about drinking filter cofffee and saying Yennada Rascala. Or take the one where Srikant is interrogating Raji and the later calls her story true in the end unlike Srikant’s.
7. Grey Characters
This was one of the best decisions in The Family Man Season 2 story. The first season to some extent painted the Muslims in general as anti Indian and full of vengeance without giving proper context. However, here through long flashback scenes and accounts of Sri Lankan army’s violence, we are given a chance to understand the plight of Raji and others like her; the reason why they are so full of hatred and the reason is pain. The rebels are not shown as monsters but are given grey shades and turned into those wronged by the system. This made it difficult to choose sides or blame one particular group for the destruction and damage.
8. Srikant – JK’s Dosti Yaari
Srikant-JK are a much needed vibe in today’s day and age where friendships are weak and fake. Every scene bringing the duo together had a magic of its own and made us feel bad about not having a friend like JK. One of the best friendships we have seen in recent times on TV.
9. Nuanced Side Charcaters
The introduction of some side characters with limited screen time like Chellam Sir or Srikant’s young achiever boss Tanmay Ghosh, was a breath of fresh air as were their performances. Chellam Sir has become viral on social media whereas Tanmay’s table scene where Srikant thrases him before quitting his 9 to 5 job is satisfying employees across Twitter.
10. Authetic Feel and Look
As most of the series is about Tamils and Tamil Nadu, justice had to be done with respect to their representation. Kudos to the director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. on that. They have succesfully managed to bring that authenticity on screen through South Indian actors and capturing the essence of the community with respect to their body language, local nuances and idyosyncracies.
Season 2 again ends with a cliffhanger and points towards the involvement of Chinese in the 3rd Season of The Family Man. We can’t wait for it and wish it hits our screens soon. If you haven’t started Season 2 yet, don’t waste any more time and catch The Family Season 2 only on Amazon Prime.