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The Family Man
Promotional poster
GenreEspionage
Action thriller
Black comedy
Created byRaj & D.K.
Written byRaj & D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Arora
Suman Kumar
Manoj Kumar Kalaivanan(Tamil)
Directed byRaj & D.K.
Suparn S Verma
Starring
Music bySachin-Jigar
ComposerKetan Sodha
Country of originIndia
Original languages
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Tamil
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Production
ProducerRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
CinematographySeason 1:
Azim Moolan
Nigam Bomzan
Season 2:
Cameron Eric Bryson
EditorSumeet Kotian
Running time33-60 minutes
Production companyD2R Films
DistributorAmazon Prime Video
Release
Original networkAmazon Prime Video
Picture format4K UHD
Original releaseSeason 1:
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
Season 2:
3 June 2021 (2021-06-03)

The Family Man is an Indian espionage action thriller streaming television series on Amazon Prime Video created, directed, and produced by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.[1] who also co-wrote the story and screenplay with Suman Kumar, with dialogue penned by Sumit Arora and Suman Kumar. The series features Manoj Bajpayee as Srikant Tiwari, a middle-class man secretly working as an intelligence officer for the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell (TASC), a fictitious branch of the National Investigation Agency.[2] It also stars Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar, Neeraj Madhav, Sharib Hashmi, Dalip Tahil, Sunny Hinduja and Shreya Dhanwanthary. Samantha Akkineni was hired for the second season of the series making her foray into the digital medium.[3]

The series was announced in June 2018, with the filming of the first season began simultaneously in Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Kashmir, Ladakh and was wrapped up within May 2019. Filming for the second season began in November 2019, and was wrapped up in September 2020.[4] The cinematography for the first season was handled by Azim Moolan and Nigam Bomzan, with Cameron Eric Bryson hired for the second season. Sumeet Kotla edited the series, while Ketan Sodha composed the background score.

The Family Man: Season 1 was showcased at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour held in Los Angeles in July 2019,[5][6] and was eventually premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 20 September 2019.[1] It received positive response from critics and audiences, praising the performance of the cast members, and writing and execution. It eventually became the most viewed web series on Amazon Prime Video. The second season was scheduled to be aired on 12 February 2021 but was delayed, and it was finally released on 4 June 2021.[7][8]

The Family Man, received eleven nominations at the Filmfare OTT Awards. It eventually won five awards – Best Actor (Critics) for Manoj Bajpayee, Best Actress (Critics) for Priyamani, Best Series (Critics), Best Director (Critics), and Best Dialogues.[9] In May 2020, Raj and D. K. announced that the third season of The Family Man, is to be conceptualised.[10]

The Family Man (Indian TV series) Intro articles: 12

Premise

The Family Man follows the story of Srikant Tiwari, who works as a senior officer in the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell (TASC), which is a part of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India. He is a married man with two kids, and the first season follows an investigation of a potential terrorist attack, while simultaneously following his slightly unsettled family life.[11] The show is inspired by real life newspaper articles.[12]

Cast

Overview

Character Portrayed by Season 1
(2019)
Season 2
(2021)
Srikant Tiwari Manoj Bajpayee Main
Rajyalakshmi Sekaran (Raji) Samantha Akkineni
Main
Suchitra Tiwari Priyamani Main
Jayavant Kasinath "JK" Talpade Sharib Hashmi Main
Moosa Rehman Neeraj Madhav Main
Asif Dinesh Prabhakar Main
Sajid Ghani Shahab Ali Main
Dhriti Tiwari Ashlesha Thakur Recurring Main
Kalyan/Salman Abhay Verma
Recurring
Atharv Tiwari Vedant Sinha Recurring
Major Sameer Darshan Kumar Recurring
C I Umayal Devadarshini
Recurring
Milind Hinduja Sunny Hinduja Recurring Main
Zoya Shreya Dhanwanthary Recurring

Main

Recurring

Season 1

Season 2

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Episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
11020 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
294 June 2021 (2021-06-04)[13]

Season 1 (2019)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateLength (Minutes)
1"The Family Man"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)53 Minutes
The Indian Coast Guard captures three ISIS terrorists in Arabian Sea near Kochi. Force One is tasked to handle the transportation of these personnel under TASC supervision. Meanwhile, Dhriti, daughter of Srikant Tiwari (Manoj) who works for TASC, is on the brink of suspension from school for her activities. The ISIS personnel tries to escape in Mumbai which results in a shooting by Force One. Srikant convinces Moosa, one of the ISIS operatives to surrender. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Major Sameer is planning a mission in India to force India into taking military action. One of the ISIS militant plants a scooter bomb and is considered by Sameer for Mission Zulfiqar.
2"Sleepers"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)47 Minutes
The bomb planted by ISIS militants in the scooter near Black Horse (Kaala Goda) statue explodes even after the security forces try to defuse it. Pressure increases to find the bomber. Chief analysts of T.A.S.C receive information about three gaming engineers who are linked with ISIS. Srikant plans to arrest them. After arresting them at their company, on interrogation, they mention a dropbox and strongly suspect it is a student in Victoria College but they reveal that they have never met him face to face.
3"The Anti-National"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)46 Minutes
Under the instructions of T.A.S.C., local police monitors the dropbox. Meanwhile, in college, Karim is contacted by ISIS for a mission. In Pakistan, Major Sameer plans to misguide the intelligence of India to throw them off their trail. Karim, at Victoria College, picks up a message from the dropbox and hence falls on the radar of T.A.S.C. T.A.S.C sets up surveillance at Karim's room and finds that he is planning something with a floor plan and guest list. However, Karim has his suspicions that he is being watched and gives T.A.S.C the slip. Karim with two of his friends is shown preparing a van to get into a party. T.A.S.C scrambles to find his location otherwise they will have to evacuate the market.
4"Patriots"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)42 Minutes
Srikant suspects that his wife is having an affair with Arvind, whereas Suchitra is just meeting Arvind for a new job offer. However, Srikant traces her phone and confronts her at the hotel, where Suchitra and Arvind are just having drinks. T.A.S.C is meanwhile able to hack into Karim's hard drive and they figure out the location of the strike. On the night of the attack by him, Karim and his friends run into the roadblocks set up by T.A.S.C. One of Karim's friends starts shooting and hence all three are shot down in the return fire. T.A.S.C finds out that their plan was to just feed beef to the guests in the party and not to bomb the place. Srikant reaches home drunk and accuses Suchitra of having an affair. Karim and his friends are branded as terrorists to save T.A.S.C's face. In the last scene, it is shown that the actual person responsible for the scooter bombing is, in fact, Sajid, also a student from Victoria College, who has just been released from jail after a rough interrogation.
5"Pariah"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)48 Minutes
Sajid meets with ISIS agents who tell him that they have bigger plans for him and Karim was sacrificed to protect his identity. Srikant is under investigation and during interrogation assumes all the blame on himself. Guilt-ridden, Srikant visits Karim's girlfriend Jonali and tells her that Karim is not a terrorist. On the other hand, Moosa seduces nurse Mary to meet his ends. He is able to make a call using Mary's cellphone and informs ISIS militants that he will escape from the hospital in 2-3 days. In the middle of having sex with Mary, he leaves his hospital room to see Asif. There Moosa kills Asif by injecting Potassium into his blood. Sajid's next task is to go to Srinagar for Mission Zulfiqar. Meanwhile, Srikant is temporarily transferred to Srinagar as punishment. He and Suchitra are still not on speaking terms. When Srikant reaches Srinagar, Kulkarni then tells him that there is a reason for his transfer as they received intel from RAW about a key terrorist sleeper agent coming to Srinagar.
6"Dance of Death"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)40 Minutes
In flashback, it is shown that Moosa is one of Faizan's top ISIS agents and he had orchestrated a terrorist attack in Istanbul in which he killed 270 people with nerve gas. Major Sameer recruits him for Mission Zulfiqar. At present nurse Mary is scared when she learns about Asif's death but does not reveal the truth to T.A.S.C or any other authorities. Asif's death is attributed to cardiac arrest and the security force is substantially reduced in the hospital while Pasha is suspended. Meanwhile, Srikant flirts with his current CO, Saloni Bhatt, who is coincidentally also his ex-girlfriend. The team at Srinagar is tracking Basharat who supervises every terrorist activity in Kashmir. Srikant has doubts that Moosa is Al Qatil and asks Talpade and Pasha to rush to the hospital. At the hospital, Jayesh, Zoya, and Milind are guarding Moosa, when four armed men attack the hospital in order to free Al Qatil (Moosa). In the fighting that ensues, Jayesh and Pasha are killed along with the four attackers. During the ensuing firefight in hospital, Moosa is able to escape from the hospital but only after brutally murdering Mary with a surgical knife and leaving a trail of bodies behind him.
7"Paradise"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)39 Minutes
As the news of the attack at the hospital spreads, T.A.S.C. faces criticism and investigation. Suchitra goes to help Arvind when his daughter falls sick. In Srinagar, Sajid gets impatient and demands a call with Faizan. Meanwhile, the Indian security forces team gets the intel that Basharat is attending a wedding in Baramulla; however, the residents of Baramulla recognize themselves as Pakistanis and the army cannot enter that area without upsetting the status quo. Basharat attends the wedding to meet Sajid and to get him in touch with Faizan. Srikant, being anxious, enters the wedding in disguise and recognizes Sajid as one of the suspects arrested by Mumbai police. But Srikant continues to pursue Sajid ignoring the warning and orders from Saloni and Major Vikram. Srikant's impulsive actions cause the army to lose Basharat's trial and Sajid easily escapes in Baramulla with support from the locals.
8"Act of War"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)43 Minutes
Faizan is captured in Pakistan in an operation by U.S. forces. Srikant enters Balochistan with the help of an undercover R&AW agent. They extract information out of Faizan posing as agents from the ISI, appealing to his patriotism towards Pakistan. It is found that the terrorists are planning to release nerve gas in New Delhi. The gas has been smuggled into Kashmir over time and is now being transported to Delhi. Sajid is supposed to transport the nerve gas and build the bomb together with Moosa. The PM of India is alerted about this plan. Suchitra goes to Lonawala for a conference and impresses the VCs. Dhriti being home alone goes to a late-night party at her friend's house and Atharv finds Srikant's revolver in the locked room; being curious, he starts playing with it, but puts it under the pillow, when Dhriti comes home.
9"Fighting Dirty"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)38 Minutes
Some officials of T.A.S.C accidentally send an SMS to Jonali from Karim's phone. This makes Jonali curious and she goes on a search for Karim's body cam which is hidden in an abandoned car. Pakistan's PM makes a deal with General Ansari and General Ansari abandons Mission Zulfiqar. Major Sameer is arrested by 1/11 infantry of the Pakistan army and provides the details of the nerve gas attack when he finds out about General Ansari's deal, but is able to warn Basharat, who catches up with Sajid and warns him but the Indian army is able to procure all the nerve gas canisters and Basharat dies in a cross-fire. Moosa is planning another attack by blackmailing a chemical engineer, Vaibhav, in New Delhi. Sajid meets with Moosa in New Delhi where Moosa informs him that there is a plan B for Mission Zulfiqar.
10"The Bomb"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)48 Minutes
T.A.S.C. realizes that Mission Zulfiqar is not over. Moosa's plan is to recreate the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in New Delhi. Sajid blackmails Vaibhav to gain entry into Orion chemical plant. Moosa's men commandeer a water tank which Moosa uses as a reagent for the toxic reaction. Moosa and Sajid get into the chemical plant and Moosa kills Vaibhav. Moosa sets up the plant to spew toxic gases which will kill everyone in Delhi within 2 hours. Zoya and Milind enter the chemical plant and end up in a cross-fire with Moosa's men disguised as security guards. Srikant meets Moosa's mother in Delhi and releases a video in the news in which Moosa's mother appeals to him to surrender. Moosa changes his mind and decides to stop the toxic gas from leaking but Sajid disagrees and kills Moosa. Srikant and Talpede again prematurely celebrate their victory when they find Moosa's dead body. Meanwhile, Zoya and Milind are pinned in the cross-fire and are unable to reach Srikant. In the last scene, it is shown that the pressure has reached the critical limit and the toxic gases have started leaking while Zoya cries in desperation. Suddenly, one of the containers bursts open after reaching the critical pressure, and the show ends on a cliffhanger.

Season 2 (2021)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateLength (Minutes)
1"Exile"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)59 Minutes
Bhaskaran, Deepan, and Bhaskaran's brother Subbu escape an attack on their base from the Sri Lankan forces led by Lasit Rupatunga. They resolve to continue their fight for the Tamil Eelam while fleeing the country on a boat. Srikant has quit TASC and now works as an IT employee. Rupatunga asks the Indian PM Basu to hand over Subbu to them. Suchitra has left her job at ShrinkMe and is seeking counselling. It is revealed that TASC averted the gas leak at Orion from turning into a major disaster. PM Basu asks Kulkarni to devise a plan to hand over Subbu to the Lankan government. JK is sent to Chennai to oversee a low-key operation to apprehend Subbu and bring him to Mumbai TASC. Subbu overpowers TASC officers, takes hostages, and refuses to negotiate. Srikanth enlists the help of Chellam, a retired legendary agent who ran missions in Sri Lanka and a close friend of Bhaskaran to end the crisis. Bhaskaran convinces Subbu to surrender and is taken into legal custody for killing TASC officers. Kalyaan drops Dhriti home and is in contact with Sajid(now in London).
2"Weapon"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)50 Minutes
Sameer meets Ansari in London and informs him of a new mission, Zulfiqar 2.0, and assassinates him. Raji works in a garment factory where she faces harassment from her boss, Nanda. Srikanth and Suchitra attend counseling. Sameer sends Sajid back to India to run the mission. TASC officers take Subbu to court where Sajid detonates a bomb in a scooter that kills Subbu. Bhaskaran quits the government in exile paving the way for Deepan to be the PM. PM Basu wants bilateral talks with Ruptunga in Chennai. Bhaskaran holds PM Basu responsible for his brother’s death and wants to make her pay for it. Sameer meets Bhaskaran and extends his support to the cause. Bhaskaran activates an elite unit led by Selvarasan. Raji decides to end her life after the news of Subbu’s death and Bhaskaran quitting. Selvarasan calls Raji and asks her to quit her job and await instructions for a mission.
3"Angel Of Death"Supan S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)33 Minutes
A few years ago, Selvarasan’s unit stole C4 explosives from the Sri Lankan Army and buried them in Point Pedro. Sambit informs PM Basu of the threat to her life; she remains adamant about changing neither the date and time nor the venue of the bilateral talks. A shopkeeper refers to Kalyaan as Salman but he brushes it aside when questioned by Dhriti. Srikant takes Suchitra to a restaurant to celebrate her birthday and they get into a fight about their marriage. Srikant quits his job and rejoins TASC. Nanda knows of Raji’s secret and blackmails her into getting invited for dinner. Suchitra rejoins ShrinkMe. Raji kills Nanda when he abuses her after dinner.
4"Eagle"Supan S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)49 Minutes
In flashback, it is shown that Raji is the best fighter pilot amongst the rebels. Sameer purchases a flying school named Tigris Aviation from a friend of Bhaskaran. Srikant joins the TASC team in Chennai. Inspector Umayal starts investigating Nanda’s disappearance. Chellam shares a list of the rebel safehouses with Srikant and JK. Umayal interrogates Raji at her house and asks her not to leave the city without her permission. Srikant and JK run into Raji while she absconds from her house. Umayal gets suspicious about Raji and heads back to find Srikant and JK with the remains of Nanda.
5"Homecoming"Supan S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)43 Minutes
Srikant and JK are arrested and spend the night in custody. Umayal joins the TASC team. TASC identifies Raji as a rebel operative. Raji, Selvarasan, and Sajid plan to meet at Vedaranyam, the rebel’s former base, and leave for Sri Lanka to pick up supplies for the mission. Noticing activity on rebel channels, Sambit and Kulkarni warn Deepan to stop Bhaskaran. Raji and Sajid retrieve the C4s from Point Pedro.
6"Martyrs"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)40 Minutes
Raji and Sajid return to Vedaranyam with the C4s. Chellam advises Srikant to find the unit and shares Jebraj’s(code name: Local 52) address at Vedaranyam. The TASC team nabs Raji when she goes to Jebraj’s house to get the C4 detonator. Srikant and Umayal question Raji at the police station but fail to extract any information. Selvarasan mobilizes the locals and ambushes the police station. They escape with a wounded Raji and Milind is killed in the attack. Annoyed by Srikant’s attempts to foil his plans, Sajid gets the permission from Sameer to stop him. Sajid instructs Salman to kidnap Dhriti.
7"Collateral Damage"Supan S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)35 Minutes
The TASC team finds the C4 detonator at Jebraj’s house. Dhriti leaves the house after a fight with Suchitra. The assassination plan is to fly a plane laden with C4 into the convention center where the bilateral talks would occur. Sajid builds a new detonator and loads the plane with C4. Salman and Dhriti watch a movie and head over to his house. Sajid bids adieu to Raji and goes to Mumbai. Suchitra is worried that Dhriti hasn’t returned home and informs Srikant. Ajit tracks Dhriti’s phone to a local train. Srikant realizes that his daughter has been kidnapped and heads to Mumbai.
8"Vendetta"Supan S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)42 Minutes
TASC suspects a kamikaze style attack. JK and Muthu are stopped from checking the plane at Tigris Aviation. Sajid calls Srikant and warns him to stay out of his way. JK sneaks into the covered plane and discovers the C4s. The rebels attack the duo and they take cover. They split and make a successful escape but JK is shot and faints. RPF shares a video of Salman at Dombivli station where he dumps Dhriti’s phone. The police start searching for Dhriti. Shinde gets a lead on the location of Dhriti’s kidnappers. Dhriti convinces Salman to free her and stabs him in the neck.
9"The Final Act"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04)60 Minutes
Shinde confirms the kidnapper’s house and informs Srikant of Sajid’s presence. Sajid is gunned down as he tries to escape. JK is missing, Srikant returns to Chennai to lead the TASC team. The rebels dismantle the plane and take it to Kicha Farms near Sunguvarchatram. JK is found and admitted to a hospital. The plane is reassembled, the rebels plan to use an abandoned highway to fly the plane. Bhaskaran is captured in Normandy and kills himself by ingesting a suicide pill. Srikant, with Chellam’s help, reaches the farm. The rebels are neutralized. The bilateral talks proceed as planned. The TASC team is honored by PM Basu for their efforts. Srikant shares his experience with his family and the scene ends just as Suchitra starts to divulge. The season ends with details of how India was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. An agent in Kolkata gets the go-ahead from his Chinese handler for Project Guan Yu.

Production

Development

In November 2017, filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. planned for directing a web series, with Akshaye Khanna being hired as the lead role.[14] It was touted to be a socio-political thriller,[15] with Akshaye Khanna, initially agreed to the series after accepting the script finalised by Raj Nidimoru, but due to budget constraints in which Khanna charged a huge amount for the series,[16] the makers replaced him with Manoj Bajpayee as the lead character in December 2017.[16] The ten-episode series, tentatively titled as The Family Man, marked the digital debut of Bajpayee.[17][18] On 13 June 2018, Amazon Prime Video, which bagged the streaming rights, officially announced the series,[19] stating it as an "edgy drama-action series with a touch of wry humour, drawing from real incidents".[20]

In an interview with Scroll.in, Raj and D.K. stated that the series is closely based to Shor in the City (2011), in terms of its tone, stating, "It is dramatic and edgy with action involved. The humour is the kind of stuff that comes just from working in and dealing with the system or bureaucracy in our country. The series draws from contemporary geopolitical issues, and most plot threads are inspired from newspaper headlines over the years."[21] A Deccan Chronicle article released in September 2019, stated that the series features similarities from real-life events.[22] Despite filming of the second season, the makers announced for a third season in May 2020.[23] Soon after the release and success of a second season, a third season was announced to be in development to be set in North East India.[24]

Casting

Manoj Bajpayee, plays the role of Srikant Tiwari, a middle-class man who works for a cell of the National Investigation Agency. While he tries to protect the nation from terrorists, he also has to protect his family from the impact of his secretive, high-pressure, and low-paying job.[25]

"There is a lot of content out there for people to watch, so it becomes essential for us to not only make our series sincerely and sensitively but also to tell a unique story - something that concerns the common man and his uncommon life with his extra-ordinary struggle. To balance not only his family but also his job which is very, very demanding."

— Manoj Bajpayee, about his character Srikant Tiwari in the series, in an interview with PTI[26]

As the storyline spans around various places in India, the makers chose actors from various states such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra. In an interview with The Indian Express, actor Kishore Kumar G was approached by one of the writers from Y Not Studios, Sumanth, who was writing for The Family Man, to play the role of a Commando in the series.[27]Priyamani plays the role of Suchitra, Srikanth's wife and also an associate professor in the psychology department. About her character Suchitra, she stated that "She’s a typical working wife and someone who is not afraid of expressing herself. She’s a multi-tasking woman and someone who, even though she has her hands full, wants to do more."[28] Sharad Kelkar plays the role of Arvind, an associate professor, who is trying to become an entrepreneur.[29] Neeraj Madhav, in his digital debut, plays the role of Moosa, a 24-year old IIT engineer, who gets involved with ISIS.[30][31] Sundeep Kishan plays the role of Major Vikram.[32] The cast members also includes Sharib Hashmi, Sunny Hinduja and Shreya Dhanwanthary in pivotal roles.[33]

On 28 November 2019, Samantha Akkineni announced her confirmation in the second season of the series,[34] thus marking her digital debut.[35][36] Samantha plays the role of the main antagonist Raji, a rebel leader,[37] with Neeraj Madhav's character Moosa is expected for a comeback in the second season.[38] Apart from the cast members of the first season, the second season features Shahab Ali, Vedant Sinha, Mime Gopi, Ravindra Vijay, Devadarshini Chetan, Anandsami and N. Alagamperumal.[37]

Filming

Season 1

Filming for Season 1, took place on 13 June 2018, within the start of the announcement. Most of the portions were filmed across Mumbai, with some sequences were filmed at Ladakh, Delhi, Kashmir and Kerala.[39] In August 2018, Raj and Krishna stated in an interview, that a huge chunk is built in Kashmir, for which they interacted with the people in localities, exploring the livelihood of the people and their perspectives of their world they live in.[21] The Kashmir sequences were shot first, during early 2018.[21][40]

A scene featuring at the Ballad Estate (in the district of South Mumbai), was shot in a single take, with a span of 7–11 minutes.[41] Raj and DK stated that the camera is inside the car for half the action sequence.[41] In order to resemble the sets of Balochistan, as the team was denied permission to shoot in the country, a huge set was built in Ladakh to resemble Balochistan.[42]

Another sequence was shot in a live hospital located in Mumbai which spanned around 13 minutes.[43] In an interview with Film Companion, the makers stated "The location was expensive and we got it only for 2 nights. We had to come up with the entire sequence and rehearse and stage everything on the first night and the next night we had to light everything and shoot. I am really proud of the team because you don’t really pull off stuff like this in one day."[43] The shooting was completed in May 2019.

Season 2

On 28 November 2019, Raj and D. K. announced for a second season of the series, followed by the commencement of the shooting.[44][45] Filming of the first schedule which took place across Mumbai, was wrapped up on 2 March 2020,[46] before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India.[47] Filming resumed in July 2020, adhering to the safety guidelines imposed by the government, in order to curb COVID-19 spread. Samantha started dubbing for her portions on 28 August 2020,[48][49] whereas Manoj Bajpayee started dubbing on 14 September.[50] On 25 September 2020, the makers announced that the principal shoot has been wrapped, followed by the completion of the production works on 16 October.[51] Season 2 focuses on the Tamil Eelam struggle in Sri Lanka, led by the late LTTE leader Captain Prabhakaran. Although there were protests against the portrayal of LTTE,[52] the series was broadcast without further issues.

Music

The Family Man: Season 1, consists of fourteen songs used in the series.[53] One song "Dega Jaan" composed by Sachin-Jigar, was released as the promotional single track on Amazon Music. It was unveiled on 16 September 2019,[54] through music streaming platforms and as a video song through YouTube.[55] The soundtrack has music composed by Sachin-Jigar, Divya Limbasia, Mahesh Shankar, The Local Train, Jaan Nissar Lone, Aabha Hunjara, Thaikkudam Bridge and Underground Authority, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil, Divya Limbasia, Gulshan Irfan Khanday, Mahesh Shankar, Piyush Kapoor, The Local Train, Jaan Nissar Lone, Aabha Hunjara, Thaikkudam Bridge and Underground Authority. The background score is composed by Ketan Sodha. The album consists of songs with Balochi, Kashmiri, Malayalam and Tamil lyrics, apart from featuring songs written in Hindi languages. Two of the band Thaikkudam Bridge's independent music album "Aarachar" and "Navarasam" were reused in the series.[56][57]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."Kiske Liye Tu Dega Jaan"Irshad KamilSachin-JigarShreya Ghoshal, Mellow D3:10
2."Banjara"Divya LimbasiaDivya LimbasiaVed Jamsandekar5:00
3."Gol O Pullani" (Balochi)Gulshan Irfan KhandayMahesh ShankarGulshan Irfan Khanday4:37
4."Khudi"The Local TrainThe Local TrainThe Local Train2:29
5."Harmukh Bartal" (Kashmiri Folk)Jaan Nissar LoneJaan Nissar LoneJaan Nissar Lone, Sniti Mishra4:53
6."Hukus Bukus" (Kashmiri Folk)Aabha HunjuraAabha HunjuraAabha Hunjura3:04
7."Navarasam" (Malayalam)Thaikkudam BridgeThaikkudam BridgeThaikkudam Bridge6:45
8."Inbam" (Tamil)Mahesh ShankarMahesh ShankarMahesh Shankar4:29
9."Aarachar" (Malayalam)Thaikkudam BridgeThaikkudam BridgeThaikkudam Bridge5:31
10."Naalai" (Tamil)Mahesh ShankarMahesh ShankarMahesh Shankar4:16
11."Ilaahi"Piyush KapoorDivya LimbasiaPiyush Kapoor2:41
12."Pehchaan"Underground AuthorityUnderground AuthorityUnderground Authority3:28
13."Hukus Bukus" (Rock Version)Divya LimbasiaDivya LimbasiaSuraj Biswas2:55
14."Kiske Liye Tu Marega"Irshad KamilSachin-JigarShreya Ghoshal, Mellow D3:09

The Family Man Season 2 had its previous title track recreated with Tamil lyrics. The soundtrack was composed by Sachin-Jigar, Fiddlecraft, Mahesh Shankar.

No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."Dega Jaan"Jigar Saraiya, Mellow DSachin-JigarShreya Ghoshal, Mellow D 
2."Chal Ghar Wapas Chale"FiddlecraftFiddlecraftFiddlecraft 

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Release

Season 1

The Family Man: Season 1 was showcased at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour held in Los Angeles in February 2019.[5][6] On 15 July 2019, Amazon Prime Video announced five new series in production, where a first poster released on the occasion of Prime Day celebrations.[58] The series consisting of 10-episodes was announced for a release on September.[59] The photoshoot of the teaser poster was shot using One Plus mobile camera,[60] which was released on 30 August 2019,[61] along with the teaser.[62] The official trailer was unveiled on 2 September 2019.[63][64] Amazon Prime Video released the series in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages on 19 September 2019, ahead of the initially scheduled release of 20 September, in more than 200 countries.[65]

On 28 September 2019, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh raised objection to the concerns over a few scenes in the web series about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.[66] An RSS-affiliated magazine Panchajanya stated that "In the series, a woman affiliated to the National Investigation Agency is shown speaking to her male colleague at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, decrying the fact that Kashmiris were being oppressed by the Indian state as it had shut down phones and internet and used measures like the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. At one point she asks her male colleague, who appears quite affected by her talk, whether there is any difference between the Indian officials and militants."[67] The magazine also accused the makers for creating sympathy for terrorists.[68] The series became the most-watched Indian web shows on Amazon Prime Video.[69]

Season 2

In May 2020, filmmakers Raj and Krishna stated that the second season of the series, will be released in the last quarter of 2020, as the post-production process (sound, music creating, VFX work) may take four months to complete.[23] But, it was eventually delayed to 2021,[70] citing the completion of visual effects.[71] A sneak peek of the second season was released on 20 September 2020, coinciding with the release date of the first season.[72] A new poster of the second season was released on 29 December 2020,[73] and on 7 January 2021, the makers announced the release date as 12 February 2021.[74][75] The makers unveiled the teaser of the second season on 13 January 2021.[76][77] In order to promote the trailer launch event on 19 January 2021,[78] Amazon Prime Video announced that the first season of the series, will be made accessible to all users without subscriptions,[79] from 14 to 19 January.[80] However, the trailer was not eventually released, due to the controversy surrounding over Tandav, which premiered on the same platform.[81]

In late January 2021, there were reports claiming that the second season will be postponed due to the legal tussles revolving over Amazon Prime and their series Tandav and Mirzapur, for hurting religious sentiments.[82] It was reported that the series feature similar content to that of the former and Amazon Prime had decided to postpone the season in the outburst of controversies, so that they have time to edit the series, as a part of post-production.[83] The same was confirmed by the creator duo Raj and DK, however they did not quote the controversy over Tandav.[84]

The trailer was later released on 19 May 2021,[85][86] and the episodes were released on the evening of 4 June 2021.[87] Due to some technical problems, episodes were released only in Hindi and not in Tamil or Telugu on that day.

Controversy

On 24 May 2021, the Government of Tamil Nadu wrote to the Union government seeking immediate action either to stop or ban the release of The Family Man-2 web series on Amazon Prime Video across the country.[88] Mano Thangaraj, Information Technology Minister of Tamil Nadu, in his letter to Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said, "the web series (due to release in June 2021) not only hurt the sentiments of Eelam Tamils but also the feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu and if allowed to broadcast, it would be prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony in the State".[89] Several other Tamil Nadu political leaders, including Seeman and Vaiko condemned the series, stating that, the series depicts Tamilians as terrorists and demanded a pan-India ban.[90][91]

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Reception

Critical response

Season 1

Rohan Naahar of the Hindustan Times wrote "Without ever parodying the genre, The Family Man succeeds at being a surprisingly funny spy series; equally capable of snappy one-liners as it is of slick thrills."[92] Karan Sanjay Shah of Rediff.com rated it four out of five and called it a "raw, engaging, well-written espionage drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat".[93] Suresh Mathew of The Quint gave it a three-and-a-half out of five and distinguished it from Sacred Games by saying, "What makers Raj and DK bring to The Family Man is a total mastery over the craft of storytelling. Unlike, say a Sacred Games, The Family Man manages to remain eminently accessible while still retaining its finesse."[94]

Ektaa Malik of The Indian Express gave three out of five stars, stating "The performances by Manoj Bajpayee and Sharib Hashmi are stellar as are the dialogues."[95] Raja Sen of Mint also appreciated Bajpayee's role saying, "Bajpayee is alone reason enough to keep watching The Family Man."[96] Swetha Ramakrishnan of Firstpost gave three out of five stars and stated, "The Family Man's version of a family man is someone who can't juggle his work duties and familial duties and we're supposed to find the comedy in that."[97] Akhil Arora of NDTV wrote "On one hand, The Family Man shows itself to be very socially and politically aware but its inelegant handling of exposition, and inability to be tonally cohesive lets it down."[98] Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today wrote "Despite Manoj Bajpayee's work, The Family Man is really a dampener."[99]

Nandini Ramanth of Scroll.in reviewed "There are moments in the early episodes when it appears that Raj and DK are sending up the tradecraft genre and not taking this terrorist-hunting business too seriously. It is sometimes hard to tell whether Srikant is being serious or sardonic. Manoj Bajpayee’s ability to suggest both states initially keeps The Family Man in a midway zone between muscular nationalist thriller and a True Lies-style spoof."[100] A critic from Indo-Asian News Service gave three-and-a-half out of five stars and stated "If you like binge-watching, this one is for you. Like many of the characters in it, The Family Man leaves us viewers with no choice."[101]

The New Indian Express's critic Kaushani Bannerjee reviewed "Despite the pace and the predictability of things, the show neither tries to be preachy about tolerance or peace nor portrays a black and white picture of patriots and terrorists. It depicts both sides of the story in a balanced manner underscoring the fact that nobody is born a terrorist and even the hero needs to deal with mundane issues of life."[102] Rahul Desai of Film Companion wrote "It’s in the smaller – and uncompromising – details of The Family Man that we sense how director-duo Raj & D.K. can transcend their ‘quirky’ reputation if given the leeway".[103]

Tanul Thakur of The Wire stated "The Family Man is elevated to a large extent by not just its writing and technical finesse – making the show tense and unpredictable – but also acting."[104] Jennifer Keishin Armstrong of BBC News reviewed that "The Family Man turns on such satisfying juxtapositions, constantly pitting Sri’s disastrous personal instincts against his superhuman – though not infallible – skill in his role at the National Investigation Agency, rooting out terrorists who flourish in and around India (his family thinks he has an ordinary desk job)."[105]

Season 2

Rahul Desai of Film Companion wrote, "The Family Man 2 nails this big picture through the vacuum of several smaller ones."[106]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2020 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Drama Series The Family Man Nominated [107][108]
Best Director Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. Nominated
Best Actor – Male (Critics) Manoj Bajpayee Won
Best Actor – Female (Critics) Priyamani Won
Best Series (Critics) The Family Man Won
Best Director (Critics) Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. Won
Best Actor – Male Manoj Bajpayee Nominated
Best Actor – Female Priyamani Nominated
Best Original Story Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K and Suman Kumar Nominated
Best Screenplay Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K and Suman Kumar Nominated
Best Dialogues Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K, Sumit Arora and Suman Kumar Won

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