As 'The Family Man 2' drops online, Sharad Kelkar says creators Raj-DK have sensitively handled his romantic track with Priyamani
Sharad Kelkar and Priyamani in a still from 'The Family Man'
In the past one-and-a-half years since The Family Man’s release, Sharad Kelkar has often been asked the same question by hordes of fans. “I get so many calls and messages asking, ‘Lonavala mein kya hua tha?’ They will have to binge-watch the show to know the answer,” he laughs, surprised at the audience interest in the romantic track between his character Arvind and Priyamani’s Suchi. As colleagues in a start-up, the two characters are seen growing close in the course of the series, especially as Suchi’s husband — played by Manoj Bajpayee — can devote little family time.
Bajpayee’s character will take centrestage again as the second season drops on Amazon Prime Video today. Kelkar says that the fans’ curiosity will finally be rewarded as the Raj-DK creation will delve further into the complex relationship between Arvind and Suchi. Crediting the director duo and writers for handling the extra-marital relationship with sensitivity, the actor says, “It’s a tricky track this time around. Arvind was always shown as a mature character, and the makers have handled it with more maturity. Arvind can’t be called a homewrecker. There are many factors that are [driving a wedge between] Suchi and Srikant, and Arvind becomes a catalyst here. These things happen all around the world. How you handle it or control it is what matters.”
The actor is glad to have forayed into digital entertainment with the show, though it sees him in a supporting role. “When Mukesh Chhabra [casting director] called me for the role, I found it interesting because I was mostly being offered negative parts at the time. I am an admirer of Raj-DK’s work, so I was kicked to join the series.”