11 June 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Web-series: The Family Man Season 2: A very well-written and executed show! (4.75*/5)

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Well, when it is about web-series I have usually been behind than everyone around me. I am not someone who can manage to watch a series on the same day of its release whereas I find people posting about how cool the new season is on the same day. But one season that I was waiting desperately was The Family Man’s Season 2. Finally, it arrived after a long delay due to coronavirus and I managed to complete it just yesterday. I must say that the Season 1 was so excellent that I was sure that Season 2 might not give the same adrenaline rush as 1st but this one is too excellent. As I haven’t watched many series but whatever I have watched, I can say it confidently that this is one of the rare shows which has a better Season 2 than the 1st one.


Well, this time the series has moved from Pakistan to the enemies sitting against our country in the Southern part of India which is influenced by a LTTE kind of organization which has sympathy of all the Tamilian race living in the region. This makes it far too difficult for TASC to go, investigate, win against all and come back. Our main hero, Shrikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) has left TASC and settled for an IT job to save his marriage life. He is still irritated with his wife’s attitude towards him as nothing is still going smooth between them. They are even visiting a councillor lately to save their marriage. But he keeps interacting with his friend JK (Sharib Hashmi) who is still with TASC and keeps updating him about what is going on internally.


One day, finally, Shrikant joins the team and moves to Chennai and the mission becomes stronger. From the 4th episode onwards, the show changes its gears after creating a very solid foundation in the first 4. You are now excited to watch how Shrikant is going to manage this totally new situation which seems to be powerful and difficult than the last one. By now, you also get to know what happened with the Orion Chemical scenario in Delhi where we were left in middle in the previous season. All of this is portrayed very brilliantly. As soon as Raji (Samantha) enters the scene, the show again becomes impactful with the kind of attitude and fighting spirit she brings in with herself as a villain. And when both the parties come face to face, mind you, you are not going to think about anything else but what is going to happen next.


I liked the way the writers of The Family Man have written both the seasons. It happens so slowly yet so fast that you can feel the excitement, yet you feel that you are at peace. Even when the show involves multiple characters, they don’t confuse you by moving the screenplay too much. Even if you haven’t watching a Spy thriller earlier, this show and season is something you would love to start your journey towards this complex world of creativity. The dialogues are also very crisply written where the writers know how much intensity and humour must be added in which scene to make it a perfect recipe. You can even notice the way different character abuses differently. Haha!


The background music is another betterment over other series I have seen. You will find Indian instruments being used even when a powerful action scene would be going on. This is so cleverly executed. Basically, all the departments in this series have amalgamated so well that it has taken the show to another level. Now talking about the performances, I must say that the way Manoj Bajpayee has acted in this series, you will just not be able to differentiate his reel self from his real self. For me, Bajpayee is Shrikant Tiwari forever- on or off camera. Sharib Hashmi as JK is so good that even when he is not a Maharashtrian, the way he has transformed his personality, speech and humor sense makes you believe that he is from proper Mumbai itself.


Samantha who plays the major villain in this series is just too powerful. You will remember her for life after watching her here. I had seen her movie “Makkhi” a decade back in the theatre and I loved her so much that I have seen most of her South movie trailers online just to see most of her. Seeing her in this avatar made me feel so unbelievable that how can that sweet girl look and behave like this. This tells the kind of acting she has done. All the other actors including Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar, Sunny Hinduja, Mehak Thakur, Seema Biswas etc. are also very good in their parts and only makes the episodes better with their powerful presence.


Talking about the very few drawbacks that the season really has, I must say, that the show faces language barrier. Few scenes have Tamil speaking characters which aren’t translated in Hindi for the Hindi audiences and vice-versa. The Season 1 has Hindi and other languages’ subtitles, but I don’t know why the makers didn’t include in this one. It is seriously needed. Secondly, I felt that the show becomes little slow in between after Shrikant has to leave for Mumbai in between but it is again for a very short while otherwise it escalates further immediately after few scenes. Lastly, I was expecting a lot of action and suspense in the climax because of the Police Station action scene which takes place in between the series. I had thought we would get to see something more magical in the end, but it wasn’t as effective as the Police station one.


Summarizing, this is one of the best and unmissable piece of work. The Family Man, overall, as a show will remain to be my favorite after The Special Ops - always. I give it 4.75 stars out of 5. Please do watch keeping everything aside for a while.





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