Raj Family Man Dan DK is back again with a bang. The most awaited sequel was released in the late hours of June 3, rather than the aforementioned June 4, 2021 release. This season is 9 episodes long, with each episode being 40-50 minutes long. Manoj Bajpayee returns to his beloved character, Srikant Tiwari. As seen in the trailer, he has now become a 9-5 corporate officer. He was stuck in a place where he clearly didn’t belong. A rather funny sub-plot that puts Bajpayee’s Srikant ahead. The serious tone of the story doesn’t hinder Srikant’s comic timing, as he continues to make the audience laugh with his actions and dialogue. He has the drive to get back to the field work, where he belongs, which is evident in his demeanor. Here’s a full, spoiler-free review of The Family Man Season 2 and the cast, including Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni.
This season can be said to be a career-defining role for Samantha Akkineni. In the South Indian film industry, she is seen playing mostly conventional roles. But in The Family Man 2, Samantha has a completely different tangent. His ferocity, his honesty when playing Raji, is a spectacle worth watching. Samantha, with her skillful appearance, justifies Raji’s character. Its physical form and interesting action sequences are Blockbuster. The characters are layered, there’s a reason. Sam shone brightly as Raji, so to speak, more so than Moosa Rehman, played by Neeraj Madhav in the previous season. Of course, your review of The Family Man Season 2 may differ, but there’s no doubt that Samantha has excelled in her role and definitely raised the bar.
Season 2 begins with scenes of rebel soldiers being trained for their mission in Sri Lanka. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the antagonists had to flee the country. What follows establishes the basis for the story to be carried forward. Raj and DK took a very good technical decision in the presentation of the Tamil community. Characters speak a language they know, Tamil or Hindi, or English in common. Viewers might wonder what the audio will be like when the pilot scene unfolds, well, that’s pan-Indian content for you.
The season continues with the addition of the original character backstory. We see a character inspired by Ricky Gervais’ After Life series, a counselor at fault. A Secretary to the Prime Minister who couldn’t even enjoy a sip of his tea. Milind, from season one, was arguing with herself, because the Avengers were in Captain America Civil War. An injured Zoya. While other characters follow the same zone they are assigned.
Family Man 2 is fast-paced, as it fits into a time-bound storyline. It serves as an action-packed story. There are some stunning action sequences. Highly choreographed chase sequences. Very interesting use of weapons. Srikant’s old style tells emotional stories. His seventh sense drives the whole investigation. There are intricate threads intertwined between the fast-paced action sequences and their consequences, the drama, the actual lives of the characters, and the emotions. Sufficient attention is paid to building layers in the character.
A sense of patriotism/anarchy encourages antagonists as well as protagonists. The Srikant team, the Force, are all agents of the nation. They serve the state, not the ruling party that rules the country. Their conscience works with the theory of serving the nation. As for the ‘rebels’, the need to possess, the deep desire for revenge for their losses kept them going.
Although the plot is somewhat predictable, Family Man 2 is very interesting. Character development gives the story a sharp edge. A hint of Manoj Bajpayee’s character in Gangs Of Wasseypur, Sardar Khan, can be seen in Srikant as he is desperate to catch the ‘rebels’. The ensemble cast of Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar (Avinash), Sharib Hashmi (JK), Sunny Hinduja (Milind), Dalip Tahil (Kulkarni), Pawan Chopra (Sharma), Udhayabanu Maheshwaran (mystical man- Chellam), Ashlesha and Vedant (Children) Srikant) did a commendable job. But still, Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni excel as legendary players.
Creators Raj and DK set the benchmark by delivering the perfect sequel/continuation to an entertaining story. There are some minor cons that cannot be ignored. Samantha’s skin color changes from time to time. The subplot grows towards a sudden ending. Some characters disappeared suddenly. But the effect is very small. Spoiler Alert – the big question “What happened in Lonavala?” missed, maybe for the next season. The makers have also added hip hop tunes in the end credits, to increase the thrill when an episode is over. Shreya Ghoshal’s voice in the title track, which plays at the end, is the cherry on top. Watch out for the ending credits scene that started the hype for The Family Man Season 3.