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Review of the film “Family Man 2”

Review of the film “Family Man 2”


Manoj Bajpayee simply lives and loves the role of a man whose life passes quickly and who continues to live the lie of a simple civil servant, notes Saisuresh Sivaswami.

What do you do when a web series you made about a humble intelligence officer who foils a major terrorist attack turns out to be a hit?

Obviously you are working on its second season. You are also introducing a new brain at the helm to push the story forward.

Which is what Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K did. Family Man 2enlisting edgy director Suparn Verma (reveal: he’s a former colleague and friend) to run the ship alongside them.

And they couldn’t have picked a better pair of hands.

However, I suspect the creators were limited by how Season 1 ended, leaving them with not too much of an arc to project the story on.

For those who don’t remember, S1 ended up in a chemical plant outside of Delhi spewing noxious fumes thanks to Al Qatl and Sajid, with several intelligence operatives locked inside.

Was Shrikant Tiwari, the protagonist, able to salvage the situation, as well as his failing marriage?

These are the questions you’ve been wrestling with for the last two years, and if you’re expecting S2 to start by answering them, you’ll be disappointed.

Instead, it begins in the north of Sri Lanka, where a gang of Tamil armed rebels (or revolutionaries or terrorists, take your pick) are ready to fight against the treacherous Rupatunga government and its ally, the Indian prime minister.

It is clear that a lot has happened in these two years, one of which we all spent locked up in our homes.

As you can imagine, Tiwari moved from the Hyundai Santro to the Accent, but there was a price to pay.

Now he works for a tech company, doing god knows what, and his wunderkind boss routinely mistakes his case for being a minimum guy. But Tiwari manages to keep his sanity and also keep his mouth full of MC/BC and other epithets.

Nothing has changed in his family either.

His marriage is still on the brink of collapse, his kids treat him like something unwanted, and there’s only one safe haven left.

A former deputy and friend of J.K. Talpade, but instead of the eateries they frequented at S1, Tiwari – now on a private payroll – can afford fancy restaurants, not to mention Talpade can’t pronounce dishes on the menu. .

You will soon learn that the gas attack in Delhi was thwarted with some casualties, but it was passed off as an accident, not a terrorist attack, which the media meekly bought into.

But you never know what happened in that hotel room in Lonavle at S1.

Did Suchi and Arvind suck? This isor, to use a Mumbai term, is Srikanth Tiwari yet to come down on us KLPD?

Season 1 was based on believability so you had youth from Kerala coming back from being with IS in Syria to avenge the 2002 Gujarat riots, ISI sleeper cells, university riots, killing over beef, blaming innocent Muslim youth etc.

The second season is trying to follow the same path.

So you have London being the penultimate hideout of rogues, plot to assassinate Sri Lankan Tamil rebels with a female killer at the center, disagreements between rebel leaders, etc., which is all well and good, but extend this to a female prime minister -the minister, and the Bengali in it… Do the creators definitely have a sense of humor, or is it wishful thinking…?

As I said before, S1 didn’t leave the creators with too much of an arc to complete (but it’s clear from the teaser that S3 will).

Sajid is in the wind and will need to be outlined in pencil, whatever plot he hatches.

So he is sent to Chennai to help Sri Lankan Tamil rebels, and he turns out to be a renowned errand boy. His own thoughts are centered on an unnecessary plot in Mumbai, which only detracts from the main story, so when the final act plays out, he is nowhere to be found.

As for the main plot, the Tamil Tigers once took over Tamil Nadu and killed our former prime minister, but that was all 30 years ago.

The Tigers were neutralized 12 years ago.

The creative team could have opted for something more modern given that Sajid is still there, but unfortunately for them, India’s most recent internal threats have our western neighbor as an agent provocateur, which would make S2 ​​a repeat of S1.

The choice of the Tamil rebels automatically meant sacrificing Sajid’s importance in the scheme of things – as the involvement of an ISI agent in the Tamil conspiracy would have escalated the protests in Tamil Nadu.

As tandav showeda good TV is not always immune to the fury of the crowd.

So, as the terrorist plot unfolds, Srikant Tiwari is stuck in a job he hates and in a marriage who needs an adviser (go in peace, Asif Basra) to tell them what’s wrong.

Dinner with his wife tells him that their marriage is a sham (which he quickly Googles) and decides to return to scouting.

Sometimes, of course, you feel that his work lacks intelligence.

Just imagine, in S1, Al Katl is hiding in plain sight, and Tiwari cannot see him.

He comes face to face with Sajid in Kashmir but does not incapacitate him and uses him as cover to get past the restless crowd.

Again, when Sajid escapes with the gas tanks, Tiwari security stops him, but the terrorist disappears right before their eyes, poof!

I mean, is it a net or a sieve?

And again, after activating the chemical factory, Sajid simply disappears outside of our security phalanx, which must be after him, and reappears in London in S2, not at all shabby.

This lack of intelligence seems to permeate the entire TASC division.

A team of two goes to the factory to check it out, but they don’t alert the headquarters and Tiwari leaves her phone in a hurry. So when his team gets into trouble, they keep calling him to no avail – and never once to Talpada, who is with Tiwari all the time. It is clear that there is no SOP for the team to follow.

In fact, the name of the factory has surfaced before, but instead of storming it right away, Tiwari acts in cold blood, resulting in the near-death of his agents and the deaths of many others.

The same is true in S2.

Tiwari and his team keep Raji on the ground, she is surrounded on all sides by officers with weapons, but no one bothers to tie her up or even shoot to incapacitate her. Naturally, she runs away.

Talpade and Muthu land where the rebels are hiding and spend the whole day there waiting for a warrant. Not once do they call the office back to let them know what’s going on, and no one calls them to check if everything is in order.

In addition, the team does not have any great technology, such as body cameras, hearing aids, the use of drones for spying, or even GPS vehicles, that would make the team’s job easier. As Prime Minister Basu asks in one scene, “All the budget approved for you, where does the money go?”

That Tiwari is more than error-prone is evident from the scene where they finally manage to apprehend Raji.

You know this area is full of rebel sympathizers, so what would be the first thing you think? Take her away immediately, secure and secure Chennai.

Instead, they decide to tie her to a wobbly chair in a room, not even a cell, in a rural police station where police officers still use pre-independence rifles, and wait for security “reinforcements” to take them to Chennai. .

This mistake costs him another agent, the end of which is shown almost in an opera – which the valiant Pasha did not receive in S1.

Where S1 scored was in Al Qatl’s big reveal.

There is no such moment in S2.

You know the plot has been hatched, there will be a cat and mouse game to the very end before the threat is neutralized.

Again, S1 left you with a big question: did the plot succeed?

S2 could have left the question up in the air too, but that would have been a repeat of S1.

Instead, Tiwari and the team eliminate the would-be assassin and even make it to PMO for a private awards ceremony; Tiwari even manages to win back his daughter’s love, so it’s okay and S3 won’t see him working for the brokerage house.

Speaking of daughter Tiwari (Ashlesha Thakur), a young star is about to appear.

Through all this hectic activity, a love jihad angle is squeezed in, so that the plausibility is alive and well.

Most of S2 is located in Tamil Nadu and there is a lot of dialogue in Tamil as well as Sri Lankan Tamil which is a chanted, chaste version of what is spoken in Chennai.

Subtitles help.

For ears like mine filled with selected Hindi gaaliIn Tiwari, a single Tamil curse brought unbridled joy.


When Jebaraj spits out the word, I almost stand up to applaud. Like the popular four-letter word in English, another is also multifaceted and can be used to refer to a wide variety of emotions and expressions, from pure joy to threat, distrust and curses at anything.

And I have to praise the accuracy shown by the team in the Tamil stuff, the accuracy of the language and even the plot.

A huge amount of research and exploration has gone into the show to make it believable, and it works.

Few understand the complex Tamil Nadu so well.

The playful banter between the North Indians and the Tamils ​​was a joy to watch.

The hero works as much as the antagonist.

In S1, Tiwari had Al-Katl and Sajid as worthy opponents, and S2 steps up the effort by tying Samantha Akkineni as the ruthless killer Raja.

You can argue about the need for her bronzing, but aside from that, she is perfectly matched. Both as a subordinate with a secret and as a rebel with a deadly cause, she shines.

Personally, I wish she didn’t purse her lips to show she’s cool like she did earlier in the Tamil movie. 10 Endratukulla (2015) also.

As Jebaraj tells her, just because you make a face like that doesn’t mean I’m afraid of you.

That, despite all her pent-up fury, Raji does not go beyond vanity is evident at the toll gate, where, despite the fact that she had just recovered from a firearm and was living in an abandoned premises, she seems to have found fancy togas. and even managed a pigtail in her hair.

Visible when the exact opposite was needed, she ultimately attracts male attention with all the ensuing consequences.

Srikanth Tiwari has better rendered scenes in S2 and is shown to absorb much more than in S1.

Manoj Bajpayee simply lives and loves the role of a man whose life passes quickly and who continues to live the lie of a simple civil servant.

But I would like him to control the desire to become emo with the antagonists, whether it’s Raji at the police station or Salman on the phone.

But then he’s just a loser.

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