The Family Man: Web Series Review
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Sharib Hashmi, Neeraj Madhav, Priyamani, Vedant Sinha, Mehak Thakur, Sharad Kelkar, Abrar Qazi, Gul Panag.
Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. (Raj & DK).
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller.
Channel: Amazon Prime Video.
Release Date: 20th September 2019.
The Family Man is a thrilling drama that revolves around the life of Srikant Tiwari, a middle-class man who secretly works for a special cell of the National Investigative Agency. While he works to protect the nation from terror threats, he also has to maintain a balance between the personal and professional and fulfil his family responsibilities.
- The essence of Srikant Tiwari’s character – a man who struggles to balance between his family responsibilities and his secretive work life – comes to be seen in the first episode itself. Manoj Bajpayee delivers a brilliant and applaudable performance in this role, capturing every aspect of his character flawlessly.
- The show’s narrative is well-balanced in portraying how Srikant has to grapple with managing his family and his demanding work. It manages to effectively capture the effect that family duties have on his job and vice versa, as well as the damage the stress does to his health.
- It does not deal with Srikant’s family, friends and enemies as mere elements that affect Srikant’s life and gives them a path of their own. Sharib Hashmi as JK, Priyamani as Suchitra, Vedant Sinha as Atharv, Mehak Thakur as Dhriti, and Neeraj Madhav as Moosa, too, deserve praise for their noteworthy performances.
- The storyline gets inspiration from daily news stories and touches upon issues such as Hindi imposition, mob lynching, bigotry, hyper-nationalism, terrorism, hypocrisy of religion-inspired extremists, as well as mass surveillance, coverups by the police, the complexity of Kashmir issue, among several other things. It does so without seeming excessively preachy.
- While the show talks about protecting the nation, it is not a chest-thumping show of patriotism where the nation is above all. It does provide a criticism of every side, including the issues in the intelligence department, such as stressful work, underpaid officers, logistical problems, lack of crucial safety resources, etc.
- The writers, too, deserve an applause for their job. The plot is taut and does not dull down anywhere in the story. The dialogues are well-written, and the intense action scenes will have you on the edge of your seats (especially the single-shot scene at the hospital). The sprinkled humor works well without seeming superfluous.
- It neither goes overboard with dramatization, nor with gore and violence. Everything is firmly grounded in a recognizable reality, and that is the best thing about the show.
- At a few points, the story seems to be stretched slightly longer than necessary, but gets back on track soon. On the other hand, it touches upon some complex issues with hastiness. The pacing issue is also evident with the terror threat, wherein the second plan which is rushed through in the end. Despite this, it still continues to be a thrilling ride.
The Family Man is an intricately-woven tale that coalesces a family drama with an engaging thriller. Totally binge-worthy!
- The directors and co-writers of The Family Man, Raj & DK, have also worked on films such as 99, Shor in the City, Go Goa Gone, as well as Stree, among others.
- Priyamani, who plays Srikant’s wife Suchitra, has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, as well as Hindi films, and has won several awards for her performances, including a National Film Award for the Tamil film, Paruthiveeran. She is also Vidya Balan’s cousin.
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