Language: Hindi, Tamil
Duration: 9 Episodes / 60 minutes
Story: The Family Man 2 follows Manoj Bajpayee's character Srikant Tiwari, who continues to jostle between the duality of being a middle class family man and a world-class spy trying to save the nation from an imminent attack.
Review: While the first season of The Family Man brought a perfect balance between action and comedy, the makers decided to bring out the big guns with season two. Created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, the series maintains its magic along with a dose of reality. However, a few parts of the show are hard to watch and loopholes are hard to get by when the rest has been written with precision.
Instead of an imminent threat to a city, season two has collided domestic disturbances with diplomatic tension. Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) who has returned in season two, is struggling to assimilate the life of a corporate man while his best friend JK continues with dangerous missions. With the family still falling apart, Sri finally turns to the one thing he has in control and is confident of, his high risk job.
Back on the TASC force, Sri made it very clear that they are just soldiers protecting the position of the leader irrespective of the one sitting on the chair, or the government in charge. In another scene, the makers have also emphasised that a group of rebels can turn into freedom fighters based on time and context, making it clear that they did not plan on labelling any organisation or community as traitorous.
As much as the makers have paid attention to the screenplay, they have also made sure to back every bad move by the antagonists with emotional backstory. They somewhat also succeed in making you feel bad for the so-called terrorists, who end up becoming pawns in someone else's game. At the centre of it all is Raji played by Samantha Akkineni - an indoctrinated rebel soldier tasked with carrying out the assassination of the Prime Minister.
Samantha holds her own in every scene despite the distracting thick layer of brown eyeshadow on her face. She delivers an antagonist that is ruthless and just as good as the leading man of the show. Other than the two, Sharib Hashmi (JK), Ashlesha Thakur (Dhriti), Abhay Verma (Salman) also established a strong presence on screen with his performance.
The show takes place in different locations and it was interesting to see half of each episode in Tamil when the story took you south of the border. While the scenes in Mumbai are in Hindi, all Tamil characters mainly speech in the regional language irrespective of where they are. The approach opens more doors for OTT content that is watched across pan-India.
With season two, the makers levelled up with the story's seriousness but managed to maintain the comic aspects with continuity. From gigs about not being able to drink tea to rubbing ointment after being beaten up, The Family Man 2 had much-needed moments of relief. But the best part throughout season two is the single-take set pieces. Raj and DK are behind the two best actions scenes in the show that take you in the middle of the battle - the jail-break sequence and the final shootout scene.
Overall, The Family Man 2 maintains the best part of the show and levels up at the same time. The Samantha Akkineni and Manoj Bajpayee-starrer is a must-watch, especially for the season 3 teaser at the end.