The second season of Amazon Prime Video’s ‘The Family Man’ started streaming on Thursday night. Here is our review of the much-awaited Hindi-language web series.
Srikanth Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) is an undercover intelligence agent who works for an IT company and manages a spying operation via phone calls. His relationship with his wife Suchitra (Priya Mani) is not healthy. This has slowly started affecting their daughter Dhriti (Ashlesha Thakur), who is seeing a guy. Their son Atharv (Vedant Sinha) is a silent spectator.
When a rebel LTTE-like militia from Sri Lanka plots to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Basu (Seema Biswas) for being an ally of the Sri Lankan president Rupatunga, it’s up to Srikanth Tiwari’s team to avert the attack. Not only a sleeper cell member named Raji (Samantha Akkineni) is on the job, but also Pakistani agent Sameer (Darshan Kumar) and Kashmiri terrorist Sajid (Shahab Ali) have joined hands with her.
This is a phenomally-acted espionage thriller. Manoj Bajpayee’s dry sense of humour and dialogue delivery are interesting. For Samantha, the author-backed role of an extremist came as a gift. Her fights, her emotions and her vulnerabilities are well-crafted and established.
Ashlesha Thakur is believable, while the male lead’s colleague played by Sharib Hashmi, Devadarshini (as a Chennai police officer) and others are all very good in their respective roles. Sharib Hashmi, Azhagam Perumal (as Deepan), Abhay Verma (as Dhriti’s boyfriend), Uday Mahesh (as Chellam) and others fit the bill.
Amazon Prime has lived up to its image of commissioning worthy projects in terms of technical output. Sachin-Jigar’s background music is mild and serves the mood of the series. The cinematography is consistently able across the nine episodes, despite the fact that five of them were directed by one set of directors and four of them by another one.
Written by Raj & DK in association with Suman Kumar, the 9-episode series has been helmed by Raj & DK and Suparn Verma. The run-time of different episodes ranges from 35 minutes to one hour. So, if you are planning to go for a binge-watch, be prepared to give it ample time.
If you haven’t watched the first season (which was released in 2019), you might struggle to understand the sub-plots in the initial two to three episodes. A prior recap of the first season by going through its plot on the Internet might help.
The second season is laced with a lot of elements but it’s never confusing or too dense. There is a sleeper cell, there is a government in exile, there is a disappointed wife, there is a disobedient daughter, there is a my-way-or-highway head of the government, there are poignant backstories, so on and so forth. Yet, the narration doesn’t become a burden on the mind.
To the credit of the makers, the show travels from place to place (from Northern Sri Lanka to Chennai, from Mumbai to London and even France and Kolkata) without seeming meandering. Bhaskaran (Mime Gopi), whose character is modeled on LTTE’s Prabhakaran, is the ring leader. The scenes involving him look brief and effective.
The first season was a multi-genre one. The second season is less of a family drama. And despite its workplace comedy doses, it doesn’t seem to digress.
Samantha’s portions are breathtaking until the sixth episode. The last episode, at about an hour, could have been crisp.
One feels the PM’s character should have been portrayed realistically. Even when she is the target, she doesn’t seem to take things too seriously at all. The track involving Zoya (Shreya Dhanwantary) and Milind (Sunny Hinduja) is boring.
‘The Family Man 2’ is a must-watch espionage thriller with some really engaging stretches. A couple of episodes are sluggish, though. But the overall content is superb.