The Family Man (TV Series 2019– )

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The Family Man (TV Series 2019– )

The Family Man is an edgy action-drama series, which tells the story of a middle-class man who works for a special cell of the National Investigation Agency. While he tries to protect the nation from terrorists, he also has to protect his family from the impact of his secretive, high-pressure, and low paying job.
India
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Creators
Creator Krishna D.K.
Creator Raj Nidimoru
Information
Release Date2019-09-19
Runtime45mins
GenreAction, Comedy, Drama
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
Awards4 nominations.
CompanyAmazon Studios, D2R Films
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Srikant Tiwari 19 episodes, 2019-2021
Suchitra Tiwari 19 episodes, 2019-2021
JK Talpade 18 episodes, 2019-2021
Atharv / ... 18 episodes, 2019-2021
Sajid 18 episodes, 2019-2021
Zoya 13 episodes, 2019-2021
Arvind 15 episodes, 2019
Kulkarni 15 episodes, 2019-2021
Sameer 14 episodes, 2019-2021
Milind 10 episodes, 2019-2021
Sharma 11 episodes, 2019-2021
Dhriti 10 episodes, 2019
Moosa 10 episodes, 2019
Bhaskaran 7 episodes, 2019-2021
Punit 10 episodes, 2019
Srikrishna Dayal
Srikrishna Dayal
Subbu 4 episodes, 2019-2021
Ajit 10 episodes, 2019
Raji 9 episodes, 2021
Aaslesha Thakuri
Aaslesha Thakuri
Dhriti 9 episodes, 2021
9 episodes, 2021
8 episodes, 2021

The Family Man (Indian TV series)

The Family Man is an Indian spy thriller streaming television series created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. for the streaming service Amazon Prime Video and features Manoj Bajpayee as Srikant Tiwari, a middle-class man secretly working as an intelligence officer for the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell (TASC), a fictitious branch of the National Investigation Agency. It also stars Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar, Neeraj Madhav, Sharib Hashmi, Dalip Tahil, Sunny Hinduja and Shreya Dhanwanthary. The series is produced and directed by Raj & D.K, who also co-wrote the story and screenplay with Suman Kumar, with dialogue penned by Sumit Arora and Kumar. Samantha Akkineni was hired for the second season of the series as the main antagonist, making her foray into the digital medium with Suparn S. Verma directing a section of the season.

The series was announced in June 2018, with the filming of the first season began simultaneously in Mumbai, Delhi, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and was wrapped up within May 2019. Filming for the second season began in November 2019, and was wrapped up in September 2020. The cinematography for the first season was handled by Azim Moolan and Nigam Bomzan, with Cameron Eric Bryson hired for the second season. Sumeet Kotla edited the series, while Ketan Sodha composed the background score.

The Family Man: Season 1 was showcased at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour held in Los Angeles in July 2019, and was eventually premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 20 September 2019. It received positive response from critics and audiences, praising the performance of the cast members, and writing and execution. It eventually became the most viewed web series on Amazon Prime Video. The second season was scheduled to be aired on 12 February 2021 but was delayed, and it was finally released on 4 June 2021.

The Family Man received eleven nominations at the Filmfare OTT Awards. It eventually won five awards – Best Actor (Critics) for Manoj Bajpayee, Best Actress (Critics) for Priyamani, Best Series (Critics), Best Director (Critics), and Best Dialogues. In May 2020, Raj and D. K. announced that the third season of The Family Man, is to be conceptualised.


Premise

Season 1:

The Family Man follows the story of Srikant Tiwari, who works as a senior officer in the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell (TASC), along with his best friend and colleague JK Talpade, which is a part of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India. He is a married man with two kids. The first season follows an investigation of a potential terrorist attack, while simultaneously following his slightly unsettled family life. Srikant and JK, along with their subordinates Zoya, Milind and Jayesh, and Force One officer Imran Pasha work on stopping Mission Zulfiqar from succeeding. The show is inspired by real life newspaper articles.

Season 2:

The second season's story line focuses on a Tamil Tigers-esque military resistance from Sri Lanka and their plans for a terrorist attack.

Season 3:

The third season preview at the end of season two seems to indicate a link between COVID-19 pandemic, China and the North-eastern states of India as they use COVID-19 as a distraction to attack on India.


Cast

Overview

CharacterPortrayed bySeason 1
(2019)
Season 2
(2021)
Srikant Tiwari (Sri)Manoj BajpayeeMain
Suchitra Tiwari (Suchi)PriyamaniMain
Jayavant Kashinath "JK" TalpadeSharib HashmiMain
Dhriti TiwariAshlesha ThakurMain
Atharv TiwariVedant SinhaMain
Sajid GhaniShahab AliMain
Moosa Rehman (Al Qatil)Neeraj MadhavMainCameo
Rajalakshmi Sekharan (Raji)Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Main
Muthu PandianRavindra VijayMain
ArvindSharad KelkarMain
Milind HindujaSunny HindujaMain
ZoyaShreya DhanwantharyMainCameo
KulkarniDalip TahilMain
Major SameerDarshan KumarMain
Kalyan/SalmanAbhay Verma
Main
M UmayalDevadarshini
Main
ChellamUday Mahesh
Main

Main

  • Manoj Bajpayee as Srikant Tiwari (Sri), Senior Agent and Analyst in T.A.S.C
  • Priyamani as Suchitra Tiwari (Suchi), Srikant's wife
  • Sharib Hashmi as Jayavant Kashinath Talpade (JK)
  • Ashlesha Thakur as Dhriti Tiwari, Srikant's daughter
  • Vedant Sinha as Atharv Tiwari, Srikant's son
  • Neeraj Madhav as Moosa Rahman a.k.a. Al Qatil (Season 1)
  • Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Rajalakshmi Sekharan a.k.a. Raji (Season 2)
  • Shahab Ali as Sajid Ghani
  • Sunny Hinduja as Millind Hinduja
  • Shreya Dhanwanthary as Zoya

Recurring

Season 1

  • Darshan Kumar as Major Sameer
  • Debashish Mondal as Jayesh
  • Kishore Kumar as Major Imran Pasha, Force One leader
  • Gul Panag as Saloni Bhatt, Srikant's Commanding Officer
  • Pawan Chopra as Sharma
  • Sharad Kelkar as Arvind
  • Tawhid Rike Zaman as Arvind's Friend
  • Vijay Vikram Singh as Ajit
  • Arpit Singh as Hussain
  • Dalip Tahil as Kulkarni
  • Sundeep Kishan as Major Vikram Vaid
  • Abrar Qazi as Kareem Bhat
  • Mir Sarwar as Faizan
  • Sanyukta Timsina as Jonali
  • Sunil Gupta as Ansari
  • Ashmith Kunder as Bilal
  • Zarin Shihab as Mary
  • Aritro Rudraneil Banerjee as Punit Banerjee
  • Dinesh Prabhakar as Asif
  • Suresh Vishwakarma as Inspector Suresh Jadhav
  • Sohaila Kapur as School Principal
  • Ajay Jadhav as Shinde

Season 2

  • Pawan Chopra as Sharma
  • Sharad Kelkar as Arvind
  • Vijay Vikram Singh as Ajit
  • Dalip Tahil as Kulkarni
  • Sanyukta Timsina as Jonali
  • Ravindra Vijay as Muthu Pandian
  • Devadarshini as Umayal, Chennai Police
  • Mime Gopi as Bhaskaran Palanivel
  • Azhagam Perumal as Deepan Anthony
  • Anandsami as Selvarasan
  • Abhay Verma as Kalyaan (Salman)
  • Aritro Rudraneil Banerjee as Punit Banerjee
  • Tareeq Ahmed Khan as Syed
  • Kaustubh Kumar as Tanmay Ghosh, Srikant's Boss
  • Asif Basra as Counsellor
  • Seema Biswas as Basu, Indian Prime Minister
  • Abhishek Shankar as Lasit Rupatunga, Sri Lankan President
  • Uday Mahesh as Chellam
  • Vipin Sharma as Sambit
  • M. Ranjith as Karthik
  • Tawhid Rike Zaman as Deepan's Friend
  • Krishna D. K. as Nikhil
  • Srikrishna Dayal as Subramaniam Palanivel (Subbu)
  • Rajesh Balachandiran as Prabhu
  • Prakash Rajan as Nanda
  • Shruti Bisht as Mahima
  • Patrali Chattopadhyay as Gunjan
  • Sohaila Kapur as School Principal
  • Ajay Jadhav as Shinde
  • Tintin Raikhan as Unnamed Chinese spy

Episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
11020 September 2019
294 June 2021

Season 1 (2019)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateLength (Minutes)
1"The Family Man"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201953 Minutes
The Indian Coast Guard captures three ISIS terrorists in Arabian Sea near Kochi. Force One unit, led by Imran Pasha is tasked to handle the transportation of these personnels under TASC supervision. Meanwhile, Dhriti, daughter of Srikant Tiwari who works for T.A.S.C, is on the brink of suspension from school for her indecent activities. Two of the ISIS personnels try to escape in Mumbai which results in a shooting by Force One commandos. Srikant convinces Moosa, one of the ISIS operatives to surrender. Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Major Sameer is planning a mission in India to force India into taking military action. One of the ISIS militant plants a scooter bomb and is considered by Sameer for Mission Zulfiqar.
2"Sleepers"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201947 Minutes
The bomb planted by an ISIS militant in the scooter near Black Horse (Kaala Goda) statue explodes even after the security forces try to defuse it, resulting in the death of the bomb defuser. Chirayu and two more Bomb Disposal Squad officials. Pressure increases to find the bomber. Chief analysts of T.A.S.C receive information about three gaming engineers who are linked with ISIS. Srikant plans to arrest them. After arresting them at their company, on interrogation, they mention a dropbox and strongly suspect it is a student in Victoria College but they reveal that they have never met him face to face.
3"The Anti-National"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201946 Minutes
Under the instructions of T.A.S.C., local police monitors the dropbox. Meanwhile Kareem Bhat, an anti-national student is contacted by ISIS for a mission. In Pakistan, Major Sameer plans to misguide the intelligence of India to throw them off their trail. Kareem, at Victoria College, picks up a message from the dropbox and hence falls on the radar of T.A.S.C. T.A.S.C sets up surveillance at Kareem's room and finds that he is planning something with a floor plan and guest list. However, Kareem has his suspicions that he is being watched and gives T.A.S.C the slip. Kareem with two of his friends is shown preparing a van to get into a party of an Anti-Muslim MP. T.A.S.C scrambles to find his location as they suspect he is planning an attack and try to evacuate the Bhindi Bazaar market.
4"Patriots"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201942 Minutes
Srikant suspects that his wife, Suchitra is having an affair with Arvind as they meet at a restaurant for her new job offer at Arvind's office. However, Srikant traces Suchitra's phone and confronts her at the hotel, where she denies saying that they are just friendly colleagues. T.A.S.C is meanwhile able to hack Kareem's hard drive and they figure out the location of the strike. On the night of the attack by him, Kareem and his friends run into the roadblocks set up by T.A.S.C. One of his friends starts shooting and hence all three are shot down in the return fire. T.A.S.C finds out that their plan was to just feed beef to the guests in the party to teach them a lesson and not to bomb the place. Srikant reaches home drunk and accuses Suchitra of having an affair. Kareem and his friends are branded as terrorists to save T.A.S.C's face. In the last scene, it is shown that the actual person responsible for the scooter bombing is, in fact, Sajid, also a student from Victoria College, who has just been released from jail after a rough interrogation.
5"Pariah"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201948 Minutes
Sajid meets an ISIS agent who tell him that they have bigger plans for him and Kareem was made to sacrifice to protect his identity. Srikant is under investigation and during interrogation assumes all the blame on himself. On the other hand, Moosa seduces a nurse, Mary to meet his ends. He is able to make a call using Mary's cellphone and informs ISIS militants that he will escape from the hospital in 2-3 days. In the middle of having sex with Mary, he leaves his hospital room to see Asif. There Moosa kills him by injecting Potassium into his blood. Sajid's next task is to go to Srinagar for Mission Zulfiqar. Meanwhile, Srikant is temporarily transferred to Srinagar as a punishment. He and Suchitra are still not on speaking terms. When Srikant reaches Srinagar, Kulkarni then tells him that there is a reason for his transfer as they received intel from RAW about a key terrorist sleeper agent coming to Srinagar.
6"Dance of Death"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201940 Minutes
In a flashback, it is shown that Moosa is one of Faizan's top ISIS agents and he had orchestrated a terrorist attack in Istanbul in which he killed 270 people with nerve gas. Major Sameer recruits him for Mission Zulfiqar. At present, Mary is scared when she learns about Asif's death but does not reveal the truth to T.A.S.C or the hospital staff. Asif's death is attributed to cardiac arrest and the security force is substantially reduced in the hospital while Pasha is suspended. Meanwhile, Srikant flirts with his current Commanding Officer (CO), Saloni Bhatt, who is coincidentally also his ex-girlfriend. The team at Srinagar is tracking Basharat who supervises every terrorist activity in Kashmir. Srikant discovers that Moosa is in fact Al Qatil, a dangerous chemical engineer and one of the most-wanted terrorists. He asks JK and Pasha to rush to the hospital. At the hospital, Jayesh, Zoya, and Milind are guarding Moosa, when four armed men attack the hospital in order to free him. In the fighting that ensues, Jayesh and Pasha are killed along with the four attackers. Meanwhile, Moosa is able to escape from the hospital but only after brutally murdering Mary with a surgical knife and leaving a trail of bodies behind him.
7"Paradise"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201939 Minutes
As the news of the attack at the City Hospital spreads, T.A.S.C. faces criticism and investigation once again. Suchitra goes to help Arvind when his daughter, Rhea falls sick. In Srinagar, Sajid gets impatient and demands a call with Faizan. Meanwhile, Srikant and his team get the intel that Basharat is attending a wedding in Baramulla; however, the residents of Baramulla recognize themselves as Pakistanis and the army cannot enter that area without upsetting the status quo. Basharat attends the wedding to meet Sajid and to get him in touch with Faizan. Srikant, being anxious, enters the wedding in disguise and recognizes Sajid as one of the suspects arrested by Mumbai police. He continues to pursue Sajid ignoring the warning and orders from Saloni and Major Vikram. Srikant's impulsive actions cause the army to lose Basharat's trial and Sajid easily escapes in from there with the support from the locals.
8"Act of War"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201943 Minutes
Faizan is captured in Pakistan in an operation by the US Security Forces along with the TASC. Srikant enters Balochistan with the help of an undercover RAW agent. They extract information out of Faizan posing as agents from the ISI, appealing to his patriotism towards Pakistan. It is found that the terrorists are planning to release nerve gas in New Delhi. The gas has been smuggled into Kashmir over time and is now being transported to Delhi. Sajid is supposed to transport the nerve gas and build the bomb together with Moosa. The PM of India is alerted about this plan. Suchitra goes to Lonavla with Arvind for a conference and impresses the VCs. She becomes worried about something that happened between her and Arvind later that night, which is not revealed. Dhriti being home alone goes to a late-night party at her friend, Sid's house and Atharv finds Srikant's revolver in the locked room. Being curious, he starts playing with it but puts it under the pillow when Dhriti comes home crying.
9"Fighting Dirty"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201938 Minutes
Some officials of T.A.S.C accidentally send an SMS to Jonali, Kareem's love interest from his phone. This makes Jonali curious and she goes on a search with Ramya, a social activist for Kareem's body cam which is hidden in an abandoned car. Pakistan's PM makes a deal with General Ansari and he abandons Mission Zulfiqar. Major Sameer is arrested by 1/11 infantry of the Pakistan army and provides the details of the nerve gas attack when he finds out about General Ansari's deal, but is able to warn Basharat, who catches up with Sajid to stop him for which Sajid refuses. Meanwhile the Indian army is able to kill Basharat and his men in a cross-fire and procure all the nerve gas canisters while Sajid escapes again. As the TASC team celebrates the failure of the terrorist attack, Sajid meets Moosa in New Delhi where Moosa informs him that there is a plan B for Mission Zulfiqar and that he is already blackmailing a chemical engineer, Vaibhav Therani to bring the mission into action.
10"The Bomb"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 201948 Minutes
T.A.S.C realizes that Mission Zulfiqar is not over. Meanwhile Moosa's plan is to recreate the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in New Delhi whereas Sajid blackmails Vaibhav to gain entry into the Orion Chemicals factory. Moosa's men commandeer a water tank which Moosa uses as a reagent for the toxic reaction. Moosa and Sajid get into the chemical plant and Moosa kills Vaibhav. Moosa sets up the plant to spew toxic gases which will kill everyone in Delhi within 2 hours. Zoya and Milind enter the chemical plant and end up in a cross-fire with Moosa's men disguised as security guards. Srikant meets Moosa's mother in Delhi and releases a video in the news in which Moosa's mother appeals to him to surrender. Moosa changes his mind on seeing his mother and decides to stop the toxic gas from leaking but Sajid disagrees and a brutal fist-fight ensues between the two which ends with Moosa lying dead and Sajid walking away wounded. Srikant and JK again prematurely celebrate their victory when they find Moosa's dead body. Meanwhile, Zoya and Milind are pinned in the cross-fire and are unable to reach Srikant. In the last scene, it is shown that the pressure has reached the critical limit and the toxic gases have started leaking while Zoya cries in desperation and Milind lies wounded badly. Suddenly, one of the containers bursts open after reaching the critical pressure, and the show ends on a cliffhanger.

Season 2 (2021)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateLength (Minutes)
1"Exile"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202159 Minutes
Bhaskaran, Deepan, and Bhaskaran's brother Subbu escape an attack on their base from the Sri Lankan forces led by Lasit Rupatunga. They resolve to continue their fight for the Tamil Eelam while fleeing the country on a boat. Srikant Tiwari, the iconic T.A.S.C. agent, has quit T.A.S.C. and now works as an IT employee. Rupatunga asks the Indian PM Basu to hand over Subbu to them. Suchitra has left her job and is seeking counseling. It is revealed that T.A.S.C. averted the gas leak at Orion from turning into a major disaster. PM Basu asks Kulkarni to devise a plan to hand over Subbu to the Lankan government. JK is sent to Chennai to oversee a low-key operation to apprehend Subbu and bring him to Mumbai's T.A.S.C. office. However, Subbu overpowers T.A.S.C. officers, takes hostages, and refuses to negotiate. Srikant enlists the help of Chellam, a retired legendary agent who ran missions in Sri Lanka and a close friend of Bhaskaran, to end the crisis. Bhaskaran convinces Subbu to surrender and is taken into legal custody for killing T.A.S.C. officers. Kalyaan, a close friend of Srikant's daughter Dhriti, drops her home and is revealed to be an ally of Sajid, the terrorist from the Orion chemical fiasco, who is now in London.
2"Weapon"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202150 Minutes
Major Sameer, the man behind Mission Zulfiqar, meets his boss, General Ansari, in London, informs him of a new mission, Zulfiqar 2.0, and assassinates him. In Chennai, a woman Raji faces harassment at work from her boss, Nanda, and during the commute from an eve teaser. One night when the eve teaser stalks Raji into a deserted lane, she attacks him brutally, kills him, and is revealed to be a Tamil rebel operative. Srikant and Suchitra attend counseling. Sameer sends Sajid back to India to run the mission. T.A.S.C. officers take Subbu to court, where Sajid detonates a bomb in a scooter that kills Subbu. Bhaskaran quits the government in exile, paving the way for Deepan to be the prime minister. PM Basu wants bilateral talks with Ruptunga in Chennai. Bhaskaran holds PM Basu responsible for his brother's death and wants to make her pay for it. Sameer meets Bhaskaran and extends his support to the cause. Bhaskaran activates an elite unit led by Selvarasan. Raji decides to end her life after the news of Subbu's death and Bhaskaran quitting. Selvarasan calls Raji and asks her to quit her job and await instructions for a mission.
3"Angel of Death"Suparn S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202133 Minutes
A few years ago, Selvarasan's unit stole C4 explosives from the Sri Lankan Army and buried them in Point Pedro. Sambit informs PM Basu of the threat to her life; she remains adamant about changing neither the date and time nor the venue of the bilateral talks. A shopkeeper refers to Kalyaan as Salman, but he brushes it aside when questioned by Dhriti. Srikant takes Suchitra to a restaurant to celebrate her birthday, and they get into a fight about their marriage. Srikant quits his IT job after an intense but hilarious confrontation with his boss and rejoins T.A.S.C. Before leaving for Chennai, Guilt-ridden, Srikant visits Karim's girlfriend Jonali and tells her that Karim is not a terrorist. Nanda knows of Raji's secret and blackmails her into getting invited for dinner. Suchitra rejoins her job. Raji kills Nanda when he abuses her after dinner.
4"Eagle"Suparn S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202149 Minutes
In flashback, it is shown that Raji is the best fighter pilot amongst the rebels. Sameer purchases a flying school named Tigris Aviation from a friend of Bhaskaran. Srikant joins the T.A.S.C. team in Chennai. Inspector Umayal starts investigating Nanda's disappearance. Chellam shares a list of the rebel safehouses with Srikant and his colleague, J.K. Talpade. Umayal interrogates Raji at her house and asks her not to leave the city without her permission. Srikant and J.K. run into Raji while she absconds from her house. Umayal gets suspicious about Raji and heads back to find Srikant and J.K. with the remains of Nanda.
5"Homecoming"Suparn S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202143 Minutes
Srikant and J.K. are arrested and spend the night in custody. Umayal joins the T.A.S.C. team. T.A.S.C. identifies Raji as a rebel operative. Raji, Selvarasan, and Sajid plan to meet at Vedaranyam, the rebel's former base, and leave for Sri Lanka to pick up supplies for the mission. Noticing activity on rebel channels, Sambit and Kulkarni warn Deepan to stop Bhaskaran. Raji and Sajid retrieve the C4s from Point Pedro.
6"Martyrs"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202140 Minutes
Raji and Sajid return to Vedaranyam with the C4s. Chellam advises Srikant to find the unit and shares Jebraj's (code name: Local 52) address at Vedaranyam. The T.A.S.C. team nabs Raji when she goes to Jebraj's house to get the C4 detonator. Srikant and Umayal question Raji at the police station but failed to extract any information. Selvarasan mobilizes the locals and ambushes the police station. They escape with a wounded Raji, and Milind dies in the ensuing shootout, much to the sorrow of the T.A.S.C. team. Annoyed by Srikant's attempts to foil his plans, Sajid gets permission from Sameer to stop him. Sajid instructs Salman to kidnap Dhriti.
7"Collateral Damage"Suparn S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202135 Minutes
The T.A.S.C. team finds the C4 detonator at Jebraj's house. Dhriti leaves the house after a fight with Suchitra. The assassination plan is to fly a plane laden with C4 into the convention center where the bilateral talks would occur. Sajid builds a new detonator and loads the plane with C4. Salman and Dhriti watch a film and head over to his house. Sajid bids adieu to Raji and goes to Mumbai. Suchitra is worried that Dhriti hasn't returned home and informs Srikant. Ajit tracks Dhriti's phone to a local train. Srikant realizes that his daughter has been kidnapped and heads to Mumbai.
8"Vendetta"Suparn S. VarmaRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202142 Minutes
T.A.S.C. suspects a 9/11 style attack. J.K. and Muthu are stopped from checking the plane at Tigris Aviation. Sajid calls Srikant and warns him to stay out of his way. J.K. sneaks into the covered plane and discovers the C4s. The rebels attack the duo, and they take cover. They split and make a successful escape, but J.K. is shot and falls unconscious in a bush along the highway. RPF shares a video of Salman at Dombivli station where he dumps Dhriti's phone while his accomplice Syed is spotted in the CCTV footage in the mall. The police start searching for Salman and Syed. Shinde gets a lead on Syed's location. Sajid, along with Salman and Syed, plans to kill Dhriti brutally to destroy Srikant. Dhriti convinces Salman to free her and stabs him multiple times with a piece of glass, killing him. She then manages to free herself, but Sajid arrives and knocks her unconscious.
9"The Final Act"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
4 June 202160 Minutes
Shinde confirms the location of the house where Dhriti is being held and informs Srikant of Sajid's presence. The police lay siege to the building while Srikant and his team storm into the house, just as Sajid and Syed manage to escape through a window. They find Dhriti, who collapses into the arms of a relieved Shrikant, weeping and sobbing. Srikant sends Dhriti to the hospital while the police engage in a shootout with Sajid and Syed. Syed is taken down first and Sajid starts shooting at the police and is eventually shot and injured by Srikant, who along with the police team corners him and tells him to surrender. Sajid pretends to surrender, but tries to grab a policeman's rifle, following which the remaining officers shoot him down. In the hospital, Dhriti learns about Srikant's true job. Srikant returns to Chennai to lead the T.A.S.C. team while JK is missing. The rebels dismantle the plane and take it to Kicha Farms near Sunguvarchatram. JK is found and admitted to a hospital. The plane is reassembled, and the rebels plan to fly it using an abandoned highway. Meanwhile, Deepan, with the help of embassy officials and the local police, has Bhaskaran arrested in Normandy, and tells him that if he doesn't reveal his plans, he will be handed over to India. However, Bhaskaran refuses to comply, killing himself with a suicide pill, much to the dismay of Deepan and the T.A.S.C. team. Srikant, acting on a tip-off from Chellam, reaches the farm. A huge gunfight ensues, and Selvarasan and the remaining rebels are killed. Srikant and Muthu chase Raji as she takes off on the plane.They manage to blow up the plane, thus killing her. The bilateral talks proceed as planned. The T.A.S.C. team is honored by PM Basu who also personally congratulates Srikant for staking his life on the line of duty. Srikant shares his experience with his family, and the scene ends just as Suchitra starts to divulge. The season ends with details of how India was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. An agent in Kolkata gets the go-ahead from his Chinese handler for Project Guan Yu.

Production

Development

In November 2017, filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. planned for directing a web series, with Akshaye Khanna being hired as the lead role. It was touted to be a socio-political thriller, with Khanna initially agreeing to the series after accepting the script finalised by Raj Nidimoru, but due to budget constraints in which Khanna charged a huge amount for the series, the makers replaced him with Manoj Bajpayee as the lead character in December 2017. The ten-episode series, tentatively titled as The Family Man, marked the digital debut of Bajpayee. On 13 June 2018, Amazon Prime Video, which bagged the streaming rights, officially announced the series, stating it as an "edgy drama-action series with a touch of wry humour, drawing from real incidents".

In an interview with Scroll.in, Raj and D.K. stated that the series is closely based to Shor in the City (2011), in terms of its tone, stating, "It is dramatic and edgy with action involved. The humour is the kind of stuff that comes just from working in and dealing with the system or bureaucracy in our country. The series draws from contemporary geopolitical issues, and most plot threads are inspired from newspaper headlines over the years." A Deccan Chronicle article released in September 2019, stated that the series features similarities from real-life events. Despite filming of the second season, the makers announced for a third season in May 2020. Soon after the release and success of a second season, a third season was announced to be in development to be set in North East India.

Casting

Manoj Bajpayee, plays the role of Srikant Tiwari, a middle-class man who works for a cell of the National Investigation Agency. While he tries to protect the nation from terrorists, he also has to protect his family from the impact of his secretive, high-pressure, and low-paying job.

"There is a lot of content out there for people to watch, so it becomes essential for us to not only make our series sincerely and sensitively but also to tell a unique story – something that concerns the common man and his uncommon life with his extra-ordinary struggle. To balance not only his family but also his job which is very, very demanding."— Manoj Bajpayee, about his character Srikant Tiwari in the series, in an interview with PTI

As the storyline spans around various places in India, the makers chose actors from various states such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra. In an interview with The Indian Express, actor Kishore Kumar G was approached by one of the writers from Y Not Studios, Sumanth, who was writing for The Family Man, to play the role of a Commando in the series. Priyamani plays the role of Suchitra, Srikanth's wife and also an associate professor in the psychology department. About her character Suchitra, she stated that "She's a typical working wife and someone who is not afraid of expressing herself. She's a multi-tasking woman and someone who, even though she has her hands full, wants to do more." Sharad Kelkar plays the role of Arvind, an associate professor, who is trying to become an entrepreneur. Neeraj Madhav, in his digital debut, plays the role of Moosa, a 24-year old IIT engineer, who gets involved with ISIS. Sundeep Kishan plays the role of Major Vikram. The cast members also includes Sharib Hashmi, Sunny Hinduja and Shreya Dhanwanthary in pivotal roles.

On 28 November 2019, Samantha Akkineni announced her confirmation in the second season of the series, thus marking her digital debut. Samantha plays the role of the main antagonist Raji, a rebel leader, with Neeraj Madhav's character Moosa is expected for a comeback in the second season. Apart from the cast members of the first season, the second season features Shahab Ali, Vedant Sinha, Mime Gopi, Ravindra Vijay, Devadarshini Chetan, Anandsami and N. Alagamperumal.

Filming

Season 1

Filming for Season 1, took place on 13 June 2018, within the start of the announcement. Most of the portions were filmed across Mumbai, with some sequences were filmed at Ladakh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala. In August 2018, Raj and Krishna stated in an interview, that a huge chunk is built in Kashmir, for which they interacted with the people in localities, exploring the livelihood of the people and their perspectives of their world they live in. The Kashmir sequences were shot first, during early 2018.

A scene featuring at the Ballad Estate (in the district of South Mumbai), was shot in a single take, with a span of 7–11 minutes. Raj and DK stated that the camera is inside the car for half the action sequence. In order to resemble the sets of Balochistan, as the team was denied permission to shoot in the country, a huge set was built in Ladakh to resemble Balochistan. Another sequence was shot in a live hospital located in Mumbai which spanned around 13 minutes. In an interview with Film Companion, the makers stated "The location was expensive and we got it only for 2 nights. We had to come up with the entire sequence and rehearse and stage everything on the first night and the next night we had to light everything and shoot. I am really proud of the team because you don't really pull off stuff like this in one day." The shooting was completed in May 2019.

Season 2

On 28 November 2019, Raj and D. K. announced for a second season of the series, followed by the commencement of the shooting. Filming of the first schedule which took place across Mumbai, was wrapped up on 2 March 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India. Filming resumed in July 2020, adhering to the safety guidelines imposed by the government, in order to curb COVID-19 spread. Samantha started dubbing for her portions on 28 August 2020, whereas Manoj Bajpayee started dubbing on 14 September. On 25 September 2020, the makers announced that the principal shoot has been wrapped, followed by the completion of the production works on 16 October. The second season focused on the Tamil Eelam struggle in Sri Lanka, led by the late LTTE leader Captain Prabhakaran. Although there were protests against the portrayal of LTTE, the series was broadcast without further issues.


Music

The Family Man: Season 1, consists of fourteen songs used in the series. The soundtrack has music composed by Sachin-Jigar, Divya Limbasia, Mahesh Shankar, The Local Train, Jaan Nissar Lone, Aabha Hunjara, Thaikkudam Bridge and Underground Authority. For the second season, Sachin-Jigar, Fiddlecraft, Mahesh Shankar and Shonha Raja composed the music. The background score is composed by Ketan Sodha. The albums consists of songs with Balochi, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Sanskrit and Tamil lyrics, apart from featuring songs written in Hindi languages.


Release

Season 1

The Family Man: Season 1 was showcased at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour held in Los Angeles in February 2019. On 15 July 2019, Amazon Prime Video announced five new series in production, where a first poster released on the occasion of Prime Day celebrations. The series consisting of 10-episodes was announced for a release on September. The photoshoot of the teaser poster was shot using One Plus mobile camera, which was released on 30 August 2019, along with the teaser. The official trailer was unveiled on 2 September 2019. Amazon Prime Video released the series in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages on 19 September 2019, ahead of the initially scheduled release of 20 September, in more than 200 countries.

On 28 September 2019, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh raised objection to the concerns over a few scenes in the web series about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. An RSS-affiliated magazine Panchajanya stated that "In the series, a woman affiliated to the National Investigation Agency is shown speaking to her male colleague at Srinagar's Lal Chowk, decrying the fact that Kashmiris were being oppressed by the Indian state as it had shut down phones and internet and used measures like the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. At one point she asks her male colleague, who appears quite affected by her talk, whether there is any difference between the Indian officials and militants." The magazine also accused the makers for creating sympathy for terrorists. The series became the most-watched Indian web shows on Amazon Prime Video.

Season 2

In May 2020, filmmakers Raj and Krishna stated that the second season of the series, will be released in the last quarter of 2020, as the post-production process (sound, music creating, VFX work) may take four months to complete. But, it was eventually delayed to 2021, citing the completion of visual effects. A sneak peek of the second season was released on 20 September 2020, coinciding with the release date of the first season. A new poster of the second season was released on 29 December 2020, and on 7 January 2021, the makers announced the release date as 12 February 2021. The makers unveiled the teaser of the second season on 13 January 2021. In order to promote the trailer launch event on 19 January 2021, Amazon Prime Video announced that the first season of the series, will be made accessible to all users without subscriptions, from 14 to 19 January. However, the trailer was not eventually released, due to the controversy surrounding over Tandav, which premiered on the same platform.

In late January 2021, there were reports claiming that the second season will be postponed due to the legal tussles revolving over Amazon Prime and their series Tandav and Mirzapur, for hurting religious sentiments. It was reported that the series feature similar content to that of the former and Amazon Prime had decided to postpone the season in the outburst of controversies, so that they have time to edit the series, as a part of post-production. The same was confirmed by the creator duo Raj and DK, however they did not quote the controversy over Tandav.

The trailer was later released on 19 May 2021, and the episodes were released a few hours before midnight on 4 June 2021. Due to some technical problems, episodes were released only in Hindi and not in Tamil or Telugu on that day.

Controversy

On 24 May 2021, the Government of Tamil Nadu wrote to the Union government seeking immediate action either to stop or ban the release of the second season of the series on Amazon Prime Video across the country. Mano Thangaraj, Information Technology Minister of Tamil Nadu, in his letter to Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said, "the web series (due to release in June 2021) not only hurt the sentiments of Eelam Tamils but also the feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu and if allowed to broadcast, it would be prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony in the State". Several other Tamil Nadu political leaders, including Seeman and Vaiko condemned the series, stating that, the series depicts Tamilians as terrorists and demanded a pan-India ban.


Reception

Critical response

Season 1

Rohan Naahar of the Hindustan Times wrote "Without ever parodying the genre, The Family Man succeeds at being a surprisingly funny spy series; equally capable of snappy one-liners as it is of slick thrills." Karan Sanjay Shah of Rediff.com rated it four out of five and called it a "raw, engaging, well-written espionage drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat". Suresh Mathew of The Quint gave it a three-and-a-half out of five and distinguished it from Sacred Games by saying, "What makers Raj and DK bring to The Family Man is a total mastery over the craft of storytelling. Unlike, say a Sacred Games, The Family Man manages to remain eminently accessible while still retaining its finesse."

Ektaa Malik of The Indian Express gave three out of five stars, stating "The performances by Manoj Bajpayee and Sharib Hashmi are stellar as are the dialogues." Raja Sen of Mint also appreciated Bajpayee's role saying, "Bajpayee is alone reason enough to keep watching The Family Man." Swetha Ramakrishnan of Firstpost gave three out of five stars and stated, "The Family Man's version of a family man is someone who can't juggle his work duties and familial duties and we're supposed to find the comedy in that." Akhil Arora of NDTV wrote "On one hand, The Family Man shows itself to be very socially and politically aware but its inelegant handling of exposition, and inability to be tonally cohesive lets it down." Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today wrote "Despite Manoj Bajpayee's work, The Family Man is really a dampener."

Nandini Ramanth of Scroll.in reviewed "There are moments in the early episodes when it appears that Raj and DK are sending up the tradecraft genre and not taking this terrorist-hunting business too seriously. It is sometimes hard to tell whether Srikant is being serious or sardonic. Manoj Bajpayee's ability to suggest both states initially keeps The Family Man in a midway zone between muscular nationalist thriller and a True Lies-style spoof." A critic from Indo-Asian News Service gave three-and-a-half out of five stars and stated "If you like binge-watching, this one is for you. Like many of the characters in it, The Family Man leaves us viewers with no choice."

The New Indian Express's critic Kaushani Bannerjee reviewed "Despite the pace and the predictability of things, the show neither tries to be preachy about tolerance or peace nor portrays a black and white picture of patriots and terrorists. It depicts both sides of the story in a balanced manner underscoring the fact that nobody is born a terrorist and even the hero needs to deal with mundane issues of life." Rahul Desai of Film Companion wrote "It's in the smaller – and uncompromising – details of The Family Man that we sense how director-duo Raj & D.K. can transcend their ‘quirky’ reputation if given the leeway".

Tanul Thakur of The Wire stated "The Family Man is elevated to a large extent by not just its writing and technical finesse – making the show tense and unpredictable – but also acting." Jennifer Keishin Armstrong of BBC News reviewed that "The Family Man turns on such satisfying juxtapositions, constantly pitting Sri's disastrous personal instincts against his superhuman – though not infallible – skill in his role at the National Investigation Agency, rooting out terrorists who flourish in and around India (his family thinks he has an ordinary desk job)."

Season 2

Rahul Desai of Film Companion wrote, "The Family Man 2 nails this big picture through the vacuum of several smaller ones." Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express stated "The Manoj Bajpayee show significantly raises its stakes in the second season, casting its net wider, and manages to get in a larger context about the state of the world we are living in." Tatsam Mukherjee from First Post exclaimed high praises for the season 2 stating "The Family Man S02 is a stellar continuation of a homegrown spy franchise, one that seamlessly switches between Tamil, Hindi and English." Sangeetha Devi Dundoo from The Hindu wrote "The new season of ‘The Family Man’ is fun and absorbing, led by the ever-dependable Manoj Bajpayee and a fiery Samantha Akkineni."


Accolades

YearAwardCategoryReciepentResultRef
2020Filmfare OTT AwardsBest Drama SeriesThe Family ManNominated
Best DirectorRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Nominated
Best Actor – Male (Critics)Manoj BajpayeeWon
Best Actor – Female (Critics)PriyamaniWon
Best Series (Critics)The Family ManWon
Best Director (Critics)Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Won
Best Actor – MaleManoj BajpayeeNominated
Best Actor – FemalePriyamaniNominated
Best Original StoryRaj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K and Suman KumarNominated
Best ScreenplayRaj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K and Suman KumarNominated
Best DialoguesRaj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K, Sumit Arora and Suman KumarWon
Asian Academy Creative AwardsBest Drama SeriesThe Family ManWon
Best Actor in a Leading RoleManoj BajpayeeWon
Best Direction (Fiction)Raj and D.K.Won
Best Original ScreenplayRaj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K and Suman KumarWon
2021Indian Film Festival of Melbourne AwardsBest Web SeriesThe Family Man (Season 2)Nominated

Best Performance (Male) in Web SeriesManoj BajpayeeWon
Best Performance (Female) in Web SeriesSamantha AkkineniWon
Asian Academy Creative AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleManoj BajpayeeWon
Talentrack AwardsBest Actor - Male - Drama/ThrillerManoj BajpayeeWon
Talentrack Rising Star - Acting - FemaleAshlesha ThakurWon