The Family Man Web Series Review: Sharp writing makes it a delightful watch

Updated: Sep 24, 2019, 07:38 IST | Mohar Basu | Mumbai

An espionage thriller about a group of terrorists linked to the ISIS planning an attack deadlier than 26/11, the plot benefits from thorough research and inventive thinking

A still from The Family Man
A still from The Family Man

The Family Man
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Director: Raj-DK
Episodes: 10
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Sharib Hashmi, Priyamani, Gul Panag
Rating: rating

I wouldn't fault Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK for borrowing heavily from James Cameron's True Lies. The 1994 film, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a meek salesman who was actually a covert spy, had boundless promise. With Raj and DK at the helm of the show, one can see how talented filmmakers can take a 25-year-old idea and create something as crackling as The Family Man.

Manoj Bajpayee leads the pack here as Srikant Tiwari, who strives for the respect of his family, struggles to achieve career goals, aims for better remuneration — all this while saving the country from the deadliest attacks possible. Bajpayee backs this well-crafted character with an effortless performance as the story takes him from Mumbai to Kashmir to Balochistan and back.

Watch the trailer of Manoj Bajpayee-starrer The Family Man here:

An espionage thriller about a group of terrorists linked to the ISIS planning an attack deadlier than 26/11, the plot benefits from thorough research and inventive thinking. While it's nail-biting even if you know the terrain of thrillers well, the stellar ensemble cast only adds to it. Sharib Hashmi is in top form and Neeraj Madhav's character is so manipulative that even the sharpest will fall for his designs.

Commendably, the story — written by Raj, DK and Suman Kumar (with dialogues by Sumit Arora) — doesn't confuse religion with terrorism. Despite ample jihad talk in place, the narrative is balanced, bringing forth instances of majoritarian violence against Muslims. A Hindu leader spewing balderdash about gau-raksha and how that spearheads a chain of reactions examines the root cause of what imminently leads to terrorism.

Raj-DK's sharp writing deserves applause. In a scene set in Kashmir, a militant tells another with a laugh, "We used to send our messages via pigeons earlier. Three months ago, the BSF arrested one of our pigeons." There is this, and so much more to dig here. The season ends at a delicious hook point and we can't wait for the next season to drop.

Also Read: Malayalam actor Neeraj Madhav all set to make his digital debut with The Family Man

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Manoj Bajpayee, Gul Panag, Kunal Kemmu at The Family Man screening in Bandra
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    The makers of The Family Man hosted a special screening at a popular multiplex in Bandra, Mumbai. Manoj Bajpayee, who will be making his web debut with The Family Man, had earlier said that the web series pays tribute to the everyday heroes whose sacrifices go unsung and it surely does - at least the trailer promises so. All pictures/Yogen Shah

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    Created by the popular duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru & Krishna DK), The Family Man is slated to release on September 20, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

    In picture: Priyamani opted for a red pantsuit for the special screening hosted in Bandra, Mumbai.

  • 3/6

    The thriller web show stars Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, Neeraj Madhav, Sharad Kelkar, Gul Panag, Sundeep Kishan, Darshan Kumaar, Sunny Hinduja, and Shreya Dhanwantary.

  • 4/6

    The Family Man tells the story of a middle-class man Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) who works for a special cell of the National Intelligence 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.

  • 5/6

    The Family Man seamlessly couples drama, action, thrill and surprisingly wry humour in a highly binge-worthy 10 episodes.

    In picture: Gul Panag sported a geometric print pantsuit, paired with white turtleneck top for the special screening.

  • 6/6

    "With The Family Man, we tried a new genre and an approach both challenging and satisfying. We tried our take on geo-politics, blended it into an action thriller and added doses of quirky humour that is usually not associated with a serious genre like this," said Raj & DK.

    In picture: Kunal Kemmu also attended the special screening.

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