September 17 : Amazon Prime Video's new original series The Family Man became the latest craze on social media. As soon as the trailer was launched recently, it went viral—with the strong cast and crew behind it, the action was not too surprising. Viewers also eagerly waited for the series’ first look to experience how it was shot with an OnePlus phone.
Going by the trailer of The Family Man, it looked like a cocktail of cutting-edge action mixed with dry humour. The web series revolved around the central character Srikant Tiwari, played by Manoj Bajpayee, who secretly worked for the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Srikant, an analyst with NIA, led a dual life and juggled between his dual role—to save his country from terrorist attacks as well as his family’s life. While as a family man, he applied for a home loan and forgot to pick up his kids from school. But when he was on work, he chased terrorists and worked to thwart an attack on India. The middle class man, whose wife and children see him as a boring government servant, struggled to keep up with the expectations of his family, who are unaware of the fact that he was a Senior Analyst with the anti-terrorism organisation, and his life was always at high risk.
The director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K are known for their comedy dramas like Go Goa Gone and Stree. The same comedy traces were found in the trailer of the series. The sarcastic humour and the strong and contentious dialogues would definitely make the series a craze to watch for.
All set to be released on September 20, the show boosted of an interesting star cast. Besides the two time recipient of National Film Awards Manoj Bajpai, the multilingual film actress Priyamani played Suchitra, and Gul Panag portrayed Saloni. The series, which was showcased at the Television Critics Association's press tour in Los Angeles, was highly acclaimed.
After the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008, NIA was formed by the Government of India to investigate and prosecute terrorism related offences in the country. Recently, the Parliament approved a bill, expanding the powers of NIA. The agency was given the power to investigate terror attacks on Indians as well as on Indian property outside the country.