Web Series Review: The Family Man 2
Writer : Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK and Suman Kumar
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Sharib Hashmi, Samantha Akkineni, Priyamani, Seema Biswas, Dalip Tahil, Sharad Kelkar, Devdarshini, M Gopi, etc.
Director : Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK & Suparna Varma
OTT : Prime Video
Rating : ***
If asked in one line about Prime Video's new series 'The Family Man 2', is it worth watching or not? So my answer would be, definitely see. In the series, apart from friendship, misunderstanding, misunderstood parents, sacrificing the peace of the house in front of a job, there are some moments of patriotism that teach that a patriot is not a patriot of any person.
Those who are responsible for national security do not even get involved in politics. They have to protect the person sitting on the chair, who is sitting on the chair, it doesn't matter to them at all. The story of the web series 'The Family Man 2' progresses on several streams simultaneously and in the middle of episode five, it seems cumbersome but apart from just one weak episode, the rest of the series can be binge-watching.
The story of 'The Family Man 2' starts in Sri Lanka. The leader of the Tamil rebels, Bhaskaran, has a newspaper with the news of his death. The plan to attack the parliament and the airport is being discussed and their camp is destroyed by the Sri Lankan army. Bhaskaran first escapes to London and from there hides in France.
Her brother is in Chennai and if the port being built in Sri Lanka is not available to China, then the Indian Prime Minister Basu Bhaskaran's brother is handed over to the Sri Lankan government. But, Bhaskaran's brother is killed in Chennai itself.
When Bhaskaran plots to kill the Indian Prime Minister, he is isolated in his faction. After this, how he tries to execute his plan sitting abroad with two helpers from Pakistan and how Srikanth, who has started working in a corporate company, stops it, this is the story of 'The Family Man 2'.
This time 'The Family Man' works as a gentleman in an IT company. He scolds a boss half his age almost daily and then one day when his patience breaks, he becomes a common man again. Ahead of the release of 'The Family Man 2', Samantha Akkineni's presence has also been heavily tied in it, but like Mani Ratnam's film 'Dil Se', the weak link in the story here too is the character of the female terrorist.
Here the hero would not have fallen in love with Fidayeen, but the emotional struggle of the characters became better in 'Dil Se'. In the first episode of an hour, the fabric of the second season of 'The Family Man' spreads far and wide.
In the next eight episodes, this story slips from the hands of Raj and DK and sometimes it gets better. Both have directed only four episodes of this season's first, second, sixth, and ninth season. The responsibility of directing the remaining five episodes is shared by Suparn S Verma.
The duration of the different episodes shows that after the ruckus about 'Tandav', Kainchi has run more on the episodes of Suparn. When the telecast of the series shifted from February to June, the makers have also put Corona in the climax and have also indicated to take the story of the next season to the North East.
This time Amazon Prime Video has already made it clear in the series that they do not agree with the plot of the series, that is, if there is a lawsuit, then no officer of Prime Video will have to go to the police station for questioning.
The script of 'The Family Man 2' series is quite tight. Somewhere it is so tight that you bend down to pick up a cup of tea and may miss important information from the front. There are also abuses in the series. There are also scenes of body enjoyment, so it is necessary to use discretion while watching the series. Anyway, the whole series is for adults only.
The dialogues are quite tight and lethal. like, 'Everyone wants the truth to be with them but no one wants to be with the truth.' There are also some glitches in the script of the series as the Chennai Police Inspector who reached Raji's house does not understand the smell of formalin at first.
She is shocked to hear about it from the post-mortem doctor. Or that in the sixth episode, Chellam unnecessarily creates a detective novel-like atmosphere when Srikanth comes to the resort to reveal the address of Local 52 to Srikanth. Once again it is stuck that will any NIA officer pump someone's chest to bring back the breath of a person who has been shot in the chest?
'The Family Man 2' begins in Lanka. The story continues in Tamil for the first five to seven minutes. The subtitles are in English and even if people of Hindi belt want to understand what is going on on-screen, they do not have the means to understand these dialogues. A large part of the series is in Tamil dialogues and due to the absence of subtitles in Hindi, people of Hindi belt may find it difficult to understand these dialogues.
After the ruckus about the series in Tamil Nadu, this series has not been released in Tamil at the moment. Here are some more shades of the world that Raj and DK spied on for this series last season. Retired intelligence officer Chellam's character is good.
The flirting parts between JK and Umayel are interesting too. The track involving Srikkanth's daughter and her boyfriend is also cleverly woven into the story.
In the case of acting, the season of 'The Family Man 2' is once again in the name of Manoj Bajpayee. The annoyance on Manoj Bajpayee's face, who has shown the inner struggle of Shrikant's character, is still the same. Yes, age has started showing on Manoj's face.
But, it also looks perfect for the character of Shrikant Tiwari. It shouldn't even take much effort to make his face shine in post-production. Yes, the make-up was done to make Samantha Akkineni dark look very ugly.
To look serious throughout the series, she wears a different kind of tension on her face, which another character tries to justify in the end. If there was a need for a dark girl in the role of a Tamil terrorist, then there was no need to put makeup on the face of a fair girl. Should have taken only the dark heroine.
Among the other cast members of the series, Priyamani is here as in the first season. Initially, his character seems like filler but later his few scenes of his return to his job and his daughter's kidnapping are quite effective. Sharib Hashmi is the second hero of the series. He is in his rhythm once again. The true color of Talpade's character is from him.
Talpade, who is on the verge of death, this time also makes the audience cry. His lack is also felt in the last episode. Ravindra Vijay has done a good job in the role of Muthu. Devdarshini has been successful in impressing the role of Lady Inspector of Chennai Police. Sharad Kelkar, Seema Biswas, Dalip Tahil, Vipin Sharma, M Gopi, Darshan Kumar, Shahab Ali, Sunny Hinduja, and Shreya Dhanwantri have also done a good job.
Ashlesha Thakur and Vedanta Sinha have again given commendable performances in the characters of Shrikant and Shuchi's children. Ashlesha's acting is slowly maturing a lot and she may surprise in the coming days in a lead role.
This time the cinematography of 'The Family Man 2' is handled by Cameron Eric Bryson. The camera is in constant movement according to the need of the story. By the end of the first couple of episodes, the camera manages to capture the viewer's point of view and after that, the viewer feels that he is a part of the action by being present on the spot.
The chase sequence in the first episode to capture Bhaskar's brother and later to capture Raazi is well choreographed, it was also shot very well. Sumeet Kotia has set a fine editing pattern. The cutaways and aerial long shots used for transitions have become quite effective. The background music of the series is good. This web series is perfect for Binge Watch.
The Family Man Season 2 Dialogues: Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni
“Remember, Shrikant Don’t be a minimum guy“
“Jor se mat phookh… peeche se hawa nikal jayegi” – Manoj Bajpayee
“Kabhi kabhi toh muje lagta hai naa…main mooh kholta hoon…toh jhagada shuru ho jaata hai” – Manoj Bajpayee
“Our whole marriage is a sham” – Priya Mani Raj
“Tereko naa FOMO ho gaya hai” – Sharib Hashmi
“I will kill them. I will kill them all” – Samantha Akkineni
“I think we are under attack” – Manoj Bajpayee
“Muje bhi quote aata hai …kabhi kabhi jeetne ke liye haarna padta hai haarke jeetne wale ko baazigar kehte hai …jo jeeta wohi sikandar.….” – Manoj Bajpayee