The Family Man 2 Review: The Sequel Bested Season 1 That Itself Was Excellent

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The Family Man 2
Creator: Raj & DK
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Samantha Akkineni, Sharib Hashmi, Priyamani, Darshan Kumar
Genre: Thriller/Drama
Platform: Amazon Prime
IMDB: 8.7/10
The Family Man 2 Plot

After the events of The Family Man Season 1, Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) has quit TASC & joined a 9 to 5 job in an IT company. He tries now to spend more time with his family as his relationship with his wife Suchi (Priyamani) might be falling apart. The old enemy forms a plan with Sri Lankan insurgents to create havoc in India. Now, Srikant has to thwart the dangerous coalition with his team but this time his family is not safe anymore.

The Family Man 2 Review

A remarkable Season 2 dropped that dropped last weekend is going to be the hot topic among Prime Indian viewers for at least most of the year. What a brilliantly executed show. Each & every aspect of the series feels realistic be it acting, direction &/or background music composition, all thanks to the program creators Raj & DK. Not all shows pass the challenge of having a brilliant second season when the previous is so hot yet, the director duo has bested their previous season.

What Makes This Show Great?

Manoj Bajpayee is the heart beating throughout the show, flawlessly, & in every possible aspects. His character Manoj Bajpai is the most realistic hero we hardly get to see. His humanness, humor,   vulnerability, volatility, & erraticism makes him the ‘Minimum Guy’ we can’t stop talking about. In the new season, we see Srikant other than chasing terrorists is spending his days as a corporate and trying to fit in the ordinary life for the sake of the guilt of losing people in the previous Delhi gas leak (from Season 1) & also for the sake of his family.

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Manoj Bajpayee in The Family Man Season 2

He’s trying hard to establish dinner table rules so that kids can spend less time on phones & more on family conversations. His marriage with Suchi is disintegrating so he’s going a couple of extra steps trying to understand her; a man who’s ready to do anything to solve the distance between him & his wife. The charm stays constant with the show as Srikant balances dealing the serious situation with a tat of humor like when he is interacting with his kids or his pal/colleague JK.

The Surprising Show-Stealer

The next show-stealer without whom this show could not have created waves on the internet, Samantha Akkineni. Raji, played by the South Indian actress, Samantha, is a trained military combatant. She is the beauty of the show that won our hearts. Her role is different than anything we’ve seen her play. Raji is a tortured soul who’s toughened by the harshness of life & now wants to give justice to all her people, brothers & sisters who have been brutally killed. The show maintains a perfect balance between Raji being ruthless & the humanness in her. Samantha delivered a pitying & chilling act that resembles the life of many martyrs (especially women), who once faced the harsh realities of war.

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Samantha Akkineni in The Family Man Season 2
A Brilliant Execution of the Story

The show is largely Tamil because of the story so you get to see lots of idli-sambhar jokes that act as comic relief. A very cleverly written story as Raj & DK didn’t continue with what Season 1 ended with. Instead, it gives us a fresh look at Srikant’s life, new enemies with few old faces & a completely different mission. The gas leak incident that we were excited to see after waiting for 2 years has become a backstory. But its effect has largely affected the moods & humanity of the characters.

Verdict

No one & I repeat, no one can bring so much life to Srikant than an actor like Manoj Bajpayee. I even questioned myself, does this show has any shortcomings? Every story has its shortcomings but I couldn’t have found one. Maybe I was glued to the show for its brilliance & didn’t feel like looking for one. It ends on a different edge as the director duo introduced a new threat that might take place in Kolkata in Season 3 that could be much bolder. Hope to see more of what happens between Suchi & Srikant as it stays incomplete in the last episode. Just don’t be a minimum guy & let’s wait for Season 3.

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