After much speculation and protests to ban, the second season of “The Family Man” hit the screens a day before its scheduled date. The Manoj Bajpayee starring series took the spy-action series into a different realm and corner of the country where the main action takes place. Amidst his attempts to balance work and family life, Shrikant Tiwari struggles and misses his earlier life where he was adept with guns and shots instead of codes and software. As it is said, the nature of anything can not be changed. The same goes for human beings, which Tiwari justifies appropriately. In addition to a plot that stretches through 9 episodes, showing the further life of the protagonist and all people related to him, here are the key takeaways from the series:
A different life
Bajpayee’s character shows the clear difference between life in a 9 am-5 pm job and an onfield life. The viewers clearly see his struggles in adapting to the new work culture and controlling his instinctual behaviour. In between all this, there are enough moments to tickle the audience and enjoy the perfectly timed moments of frustration for Tiwari.
While the series shows the thrills of a life full of action on one side, it also shows the importance and meaning of family ties. The second season shows the growing children and their increasing need for their parents to stay strong and together. This makes the series appear less of a superhero story and more of a story of an average home. The moments of father-son, father-daughter, father-children, husband-wife are a testimony of that.
Even though the plot is Tiwari-centric, yet Raji, the antagonist, steals the show every time she appears on the screen. Her brief banter with Tiwari is worth watching and indeed inviting. The other characters play their respective roles doing the required justice as per requirement. They may for once appear as a supporting cast, but the plot would be incomplete without them, so their significance can not be undermined.
While the first was set in the valley of Kashmir and the area of Baluchistan, the scene here shifts to the “hot and happening” Chennai, which is literally the other corner of the country comparatively. This altogether shows that place, time, and heat do not affect anyone if they intend to execute any action.
As the action is scattered in 9 episodes of the duration ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour, the plot explores the stories from different perspectives while it swiftly develops at the same time. Every episode ends with a note of uncertainty, which prompts the viewers to watch the next one without any waiting.
Altogether, the series does justice to the hype and expectations set by the first season, and the directors also play with people’s imagination by shifting the action to the present day covid world, leaving the viewers in speculation of a third season in the pipeline.