The Family Man Season 2 Review: Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni’s Series Feels a Major Disappointment in Its Second Outing (SociallyKeeda Exclusive)

Published:Nov 28, 202303:01
The Family Man Season 2 Review: Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni’s Series Feels a Major Disappointment in Its Second Outing (SociallyKeeda Exclusive)

The Family Man Season 2 Review: In Raj and DK's The Family Man, we might have had our reply to internationally acclaimed exhibits like 24 (sure, I do know there may be an official remake) and Homeland. There is potential in each the writing and the remedy, there may be the good Manoj Bajpayee doing a superb lead work as an on a regular basis man doing not so-layman job, and the mix of gritty fare with some efficient black humour. Yet for all its positives, I felt the primary season of The Family Man did not make full use of its potential although it was a extremely partaking present. Unfortunately, season 2 feels a dip down from the affect of the primary regardless of flashes of brilliance. (*2*)The Family Man Season 2: Review, Cast, Story, Streaming Date and Time of Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni’s Series on Amazon Prime Video.

After the stunning flip of occasions that occurred in the final episode of first season (not going spoil the way it seems right here), Srikanth Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) has left TASC (Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell) and is now working in an IT firm. The purpose to take action was two-fold. One, he needs to work on his marital drawback, together with his spouse Suchi (Priyamani) changing into extra and extra distant from him.

Secondly, he was sad with how TASC dealt with the gasoline leak assault and handed it off as an 'accident'. Though his colleague and confidant JK (Sharib Hashmi) tries to persuade him to return, Srikanth would somewhat attempt and fail to be the 'minimal man' for his new boss (in a plotline straight out of The Incredibles and the chest-thumping straight from Wolf of Wall Street).

But similar to Mr Incredible, are you able to chain Srikanth to a desk job? The alternative to interrupt the chain arrives when the PM of the nation Basu (Seema Biswas) agrees to a sure demand of the Sri Lankan President, the disastrous consequence of which sees their upcoming assembly held in Chennai dealing with a terror risk by a few Tamil rebels.

The Tamil rebels, in flip, are instigated and supported by the surviving villains from the primary season, Major Sameer (Darshan Kumar) and Sajid (Shahab Ali). Then there may be Raji (Samantha Akkineni), a insurgent fighter who resides incognito in Chennai, abused by the lads round right here, and ready for the decision for her greater trigger.

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We all bear in mind the furore that accompanied the discharge of The Family Man season 1, that continued to reverberate extra in current instances, when Tandav brought on even greater outrage. Facing delays in its launch, it was anticipated that the season 2 of The Family Man could be tempered down in its political nitpickings. Still, the trailer of the collection managed to create extra flutter, with its depiction of Tamil rebels, and appropriating them to terrorists. That accusation may proceed even when the collection is now out, however I'd somewhat not discuss it contemplating the sensitivity of the matter.

But then how can this evaluation occur with out discussing the core theme that drives the brand new season? For one, I imagine that right-wing hardliners, who had been irritated with the primary season, may take it simple with the brand new one, that will now handle to upset a complete lot of folks (together with that critically ill-timed epilogue stinger).

With a lot of its political stingers diluted down - even the entire Lankan insurgent plotline by no means turns into something greater than a purpose for going for the cliched 'PM goes to be assassinated' trope - The Family Man loses one main benefit that made it a watchout present. Of course, you possibly can hardly blame the makers for enjoying it safer - for a so-called 'democracy', we see FIR's after FIR's being filed towards artistic voices, and Tandav even dragged Amazon Prime to court docket. But with out that sharpness, The Family Man Season 2 does roar, but it surely feels extra of a toothless bellow. There is a scene the place Srikanth tells JK that irrespective of whoever is taking the excessive put up of energy or no matter that individual's ideology is, they should serve that put up. Feels just like the present is telling us one thing there. The Family Man Season 2: MP Vaiko Writes to Union I&B Minister for Ban on Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni Series.

Still, there was loads of promise in how the season started and reached its second act. Unlike some aspersions forged on the brand new season, The Family Man could have Srikanth take care of a new case, but it surely would not overlook how the final season ended, and does clear up the thriller of what occurred on the gasoline manufacturing facility. While that's cool and all, it nonetheless reminds us of how lazy an ending the primary season had in making an attempt to go for a cliffhanger conclusion. Luckily, at the very least the primary storyline in the brand new season will get a correct ending, although it brings different issues of its personal. The Family Man Season 1 Review: Manoj Bajpayee's Spy Series Rises Above Predictability With an Engaging Tale on Relevant Issues.

Like I stated earlier than, the season 2 does a good job of establishing the primary battle, introducing Raji's character (in the second episode) and retains the proceedings livelier resulting in a incredible shootout sequence that occurs in a police station. The stated sequence is brilliantly shot and does a good job of increase the strain, with a cracking rating and some very lengthy takes (which was additionally seen in the primary season). The bantering between Srikanth and JK continues to be a spotlight, the collection takes digs on the typical racist techniques at any time when Bollywood goes down South, and credit score the place due, I favored that non-Hindi characters converse with one another in their native language (with subtitles added for understandability).

Post the shootout sequence, nevertheless, The Family Man season 2 takes a dip. It will get often gripping - the sequence of JK and his Tamil counterpart Muthu (Ravindra Vijay, a good discover) was brimming with stress - however principally suffers from free writing and not with the ability to do a lot with the characters.

Like for instance, Raji. Samatha's inclusion in the brand new season had made her followers happier, and the actress does give a good account of what she was informed to do. But in case you anticipate Raji to create the identical affect as Neeraj Madhav's Moosa did in the primary season, you'd be sorely dissatisfied.

Raji comes throughout extra of a sympathetic determine, a tragic sufferer of Sri Lanka's navy oppression, and additionally of the pervy male gaze in her new refuge. The scene the place she narrated her ordeal with SL military earlier than her 'Thalaiva' Bhaskaran (terrifically forged Mime Gopi) saved her may be very disturbing and is properly carried out by the actress. But after that scene, Samantha will get little scope to carry out as an actress, and that undeniable fact that she is merely restricted a single stoic expression steals the affect from each her efficiency and her character. Even the end result of her character, that really feel one thing taken from a videogame, is sort of a letdown.

Even different characters and actors are hampered by lack of scope the screenplay supplies them. Devadarshini's cop character Umayal enters the premise with a lot of promise, however disappears halfway. A recurring character from the primary season - whose id I will not reveal for spoiler causes however I can say it's performed by an actor who acquired a lot of reward in one other current present - was hoped to be explored extra in the brand new season, whereas it addresses the individual's PTSD. Sadly, that arc comes abruptly to an finish, with out letting us really feel something for the individual.

Also, in the primary season, Srikanth and Suchi's marital woes helped in fleshing out his character, however right here it turns into extra like it's stealing consideration from an already struggling foremost plotline. Sure, each of them get linked finally courtesy their daughter Dhriti (Ashlesha Thakur), and I snigger everytime son Atharv (a scene-stealer Vedant Sinha) tries a new passion with out realising how unhealthy he's, the monitor principally passes muster, because it treads on beats that we've seen earlier than. The complete ISIS monitor feels extra of an addon right here. Like the PM says to her secretary, why do you'll want to put ISIS in the whole lot? Yes, why?

PS: The most attention-grabbing character I felt is the PM character. A Bengali lady, she bears a shut semblance to a very fashionable real-life politician, who's making headlines today, be it in her physique language or in her cussed angle. Just mere coincidence?


- The Performances

- The First Act is Good, Second Act Flies


- The Third Act Feels a Let Down

- Some of the Characters Feel Under-Written

Final Thoughts

The Family Man Season 2 exhibits flashes of brilliance with its route, a well-shot motion sequence and its performances. But these flashes do not result in a thunderstorm that you just anticipate the collection to develop into, and that is a critical missed alternative. Whether it was calculative restraint or plain common writing - who is aware of - however the brand new season feels a main letdown. All 9 episodes of The Family Man S2 is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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