Actor Manoj Bajpayee is back as Shrikant Tiwari in The Family Man 2, and he’s getting a good response for the role again. The series, however, faced the wrath of some sections before its release, over allegations that it represented Tamils in a “reprehensible manner”. The actor thinks the show worked, and it proves that people know the story isn’t about hurting feelings.
“As a team, our directors, our writers are very sentimental towards each person and each state. We are culturally sensitive. We would never do anything to offend anyone. Even in the first season, and in this season of The Family Man, we don’t talk about politics. We put the characters there and we look at these characters in a humanized way. All of these characters are the heroes of their own story. Now the spectacle is right in front of you. I know you like it because somewhere you feel like the show isn’t what scared you at all. He talks about you and your feelings in a very respectful way with all love, ”Manoj Bajpayee told IANS.
Controversy erupted when Tamil Nadu’s Minister of Information Technology Mano Thangaraj wrote a letter to Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javedkar on May 24 calling for a ban on The Family Man 2.
In his letter, Thangaraj said that “the series has portrayed the Tamils of Eelam in a highly reprehensible manner and that if allowed to broadcast it would be detrimental to the maintenance of harmony in the state.”
The Family Man 2 has Samantha Akkineni in her first Hindi role, as a Sri Lankan Tamil suicide bomber named Raji, and also brings Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, and Sharad Kelkar back in familiar roles.
Regarding pre-release expectations, Manoj Bajpayee said, “You don’t expect the scale of the response. You are sure people will like it, but how much they will like it is unpredictable. It took us by surprise and we are overwhelmed with the response. The show is going to be here forever and I read that a lot of people watch it a second time. It’s not only flattering, but it makes you feel so indebted and grateful. “
The series created by Raj and DK airs on Amazon Prime Video.
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