Web Series Review: The Family Man 2

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Srikant Tiwari, what a man! This is literally the phrase that you will keep repeating while watching The Family Man 2. Directed by Raj and DK, this is the second season of The Family Man that ended in a cliffhanger in a chemical factory and leaving us with questions like what happened to mission Zulfiqar? Where is Zoya and Milind? and what exactly happened in Lonavala? The second part does provide answers to some of our questions but leaves the rest, making room for season 3. The Family Man 2 starts by telling us that our favourite Srikant Tiwari has quit the Threat Analysis and Surveillance cell (TASC) and joined an IT firm doing a regular 9-5 job. Though Srikant is trying hard to love the corporate world, he is more interested in the operations of TASC or what his friend and colleague describe as FOMO. In the initial episodes, we witness Srikant trying hard to be a "family man" by insisting on the importance of family time and quality time; in the following episodes, he resumes TASC to where he belongs in the first place. On the other hand, we come across the story of an innocent worker in a Chennai factory, Raji (Samantha Akkineni). Just as you start sympathizing with her character, she gives you a blow on your face by revealing the strong-headed woman that she is and the backstory of her connection with the Tamil Rebel group operating in Srilanka under the leadership of Bhaskaran (Mime Gopi). Both Srikant and Raji try to fake their personalities until they can't. The storyline of the show, coupled with the brilliant acting of Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni, takes the second season of The Family Man to another level, setting the level really high for the third season (the hint is in the last episode, BTW!) The show looks at the stories from different angles; you feel the rage and sadness of Srikant and Raji coupled with the reality that there are sacrifices that each one of us has to make; only the cause might differ. Raj and DK not only creates excellent humour in the series but also places it very cleverly. Besides that, it's a treat to watch Srikant balancing his personal and professional life even when the enemy has reached his family, almost! The Family Man 2 is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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