THE FAMILY MAN SEASON 2

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Created by: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru

Directed by: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru & Suparn S Varma

Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Samantha Akkineni, Priyamani & Sharib Hashmi

Written by: Suman Kumar, Manoj Kumar Kalaivanan, Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru

Dialogues by: Suparn S Varma

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

The season two of THE FAMILY MAN picks up from where it left off in season 1. After the incidents of season 1, Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) quits TASC over certain developments. Later, he joins a new IT company called Cache Me, which is run by Tanmay Ghosh (Kaustubh Kumar). Things are going complicated as ever in his home as Srikant’s wife Suchitra aka Suchi (Priyamani) quits Shrink Me after the Lonavala episode with Arvind (Sharad Kelkar). She’s now a home maker and doesn’t really know how to spend her time now. She starts going to therapy in hope of mending relations and her marriage with Srikant. Their daughter Dhriti (Ashlesha Thakur) has now properly hit the rebellious teen age as she is seeing a guy named Kalyan (Abhay Verma). Their son Atharv (Vedant Sinha) is learning to play trumpet and isn’t faring rather too well at that. While all this is happening, Srilankan PM Rupatunga (Abhishek Shankar) calls Indian PM Basu, played by Seema Biswas (who for some reason is a Bengali Woman, the makers can maybe shed a light as to why?) to request her to hand over Subramaniam Palanivel aka Subbu (Srikrishna Dayal), who along with others is a part of the Tamil government in exile. He’s basically a terrorist wanted in Sri Lanka and is currently residing in Chennai. Basu, doesn’t seem to believe in International Cooperation and refuses to hand him over saying he’s not a criminal on Indian soil. But she later agrees when the Sri Lankan PM tells her that she can build a base in the Northern part of Sri Lanka. PM Basu sees this as an opportunity to keep China out of the Indian Ocean. But things don’t go as planned. PM Basu assigns TASC to nab Subbu and bring him to Mumbai. They fail at first but manage to succeed after some sound advice from Srikant. Things go haywire when ISI kills Subbu in a bomb blast. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Raj and DK’s story and vision are excellent as ever. The season 2 of this show also now breaks the trend of less than desirable follow ups to good Indian shows. THE FAMILY MAN season 2 has been a breath of fresh air, especially in the times of the pandemic. The strongest thing about the show is the story (arguably leading with the acting performances) and the bad thing about the show is a bit long the it takes a while to get Manoj back in TASC. One knows through the promotion material Manoj is back but the makers hold on to the corporate job longer than expected.

Technically, the show has been superb, again. Cinematography by Cameron Eric Bryson is brilliant and he captures the scenes very well. Editing by Sumeet Kotian is good but there was scope for improvement. The costume design (except for Samantha, did she really have to bear all that make up, it looked visibly unnatural) and the production design are almost realistic and authentic. The action has been good. Music is nice, the theme song is especially great. The background score just makes the scenes even better. Kudos for that.

We saw some top drawer performances in season one and the trend continues in season two as well. Manoj Bajpayee’s performance is so good that you can’t differentiate him from the character that he’s playing. He has become one with it. He gives an effortless, yet brilliant performance, yet again. Priyamani is natural and their chemistry in the show (or the lack of it, per the story requirements) has been so naturally great. She leaves an impression. Samantha Akkineni cast against the type rivals Manoj Bajpayee with her performance in the show and we don’t think we can complement her performance better than that. She is fierce, natural and gives a strong performance. Sharib Hashmi yet again excels in his part. The rest of the cast offer great support.

The direction by Raj & D.K  and Suparn S Varma has been impeccable. Their execution as well is brilliant. They’ve set a benchmark with this show and especially with this season.

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