It’s only been two days since the second season of The Family Man started streaming on Amazon Prime Video and series director Manoj Bajpayee says fans have already started “demanding” the third chapter.
Created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, the new season of the spy action thriller series released Friday after a long wait amid the controversy surrounding Amazon’s shows Tandav and Mirzapur.
While the season two finale of The Family Man gives more than a hint about its potential renewal, Bajpayee, who plays Srikant Tiwari, an intelligence officer trying to balance his personal and professional life on the show, said he has no idea how it’s going to work. story will expire if there is a third part.
“There is a lot of work involved in making a season. I’ll be very happy if Amazon, and Raj and DK decide to make a season three, but before that, the writing has to be done. All formalities must be completed. I’m ecstatic that people have started demanding season three,” the actor told PTI in a Zoom interview.
“I don’t know what the whole season three will have. I’m waiting for the script to come to me,” he added.
With mostly positive reviews coming their way, The Family Man team seems to have accomplished the impossible: delivered a better season two.
Bajpayee, who won his first national award for best actor for Bhonsle earlier this year, is in a happy space for more reasons than one.
“Season one was considered classic and cult in its own way and it created a franchise. After this, Raj and DK are regarded as some of the brightest minds in the industry. Suparn Verma, who joined the directors and writers, is a very good friend of mine. He got his comeuppance with the second season. I must congratulate the writers Suman and Manoj. These guys are pure geniuses,” added the 52-year-old actor.
The Family Man also stars Sharib Hashmi, Priyamani, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Sunny Hinduja, Shahab Ali, Ashlesha Thakur and Vedant Sinha.
Bajpayee, who remains at the top of his game in his 27-year acting career, said it is “touching” that the series is not known as just a one-man show.
“Sharib’s success with this new season really touches me. I want him to do very well. His success is like my success. All these actors like Shahab who played Sajid…
“Shreya had already become a big star after season one and then came Scam 1992. I see Sunny who is Sandeep bhaiya in Aspirants and then Milind in this show and Priyamani, Ashlesha and Vedant… Their success touches me much more than there are talk about me.’
The second season marks the digital debut of South star Samantha Akkineni, as Raji, who takes on Bajpayee’s Srikant as his new and powerful opponent.
“Samantha is such a big star. She doesn’t need anyone to validate her work, but she comes in and she contributes so much to the show,” Bajpayee said while praising his co-star.
Over two seasons, the team has become a family, which like any other brood has its own WhatsApp group that continues to buzz, he said.
“Now we are a family. Every day we are in constant contact with each other. There is a Family Man group on WhatsApp. I don’t go there often because I really can’t type. But this is as it is. We are happier for each other than for ourselves. This is the atmosphere not only on set, but also (off camera) as we continue to check each other.”
Whether it’s Srikant chanting the iconic Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar dialogue with expletives or being schooled by a younger and brand new boss in the second season trailer, Bajpayee is garnering praise for his comedic timing, a less explored side of his personality in the movies.
However, the Aligarh actor said he was just being true to the character.
Citing his memorable roles such as Bhikhu Mhatre in Satya and Sardar Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur, Bajpayee said audiences found these parts “quite hilarious”.
“Just like when I play Srikant, people get these moments out of his behavior. But I’m not trying to make you laugh, I’m putting the character in that situation and exploring his thought process and his reactions.
“I’m interested in getting the character to you in the most intelligent and honest way. If you look at the situation from a distance, it’s hilarious. But at the same time it is difficult for the people who make life,” he added.
On one level, The Family Man is a showdown between the “good guys” and “bad guys,” but the show also tries to blur this line between the two, through healthy characters, Bajpayee said.
“We are so influenced by mainstream cinema that we consider villains to be dark (people). I think Ram Gopal Varma, Shekhar Kapur and Mani Ratnam broke this stereotype and after them directors like Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar (Banerjee) looked at characters in a human way. They tried to approach their story from their perspective.
There is a clash between the two worlds in which these characters live, he noted.
“So it’s as much like Srikant Tiwari’s series as Raji’s. As if the first season was as much Srikant’s as it was Moosa (played by Neeraj Madhav). How directors or writers tell a story or create characters and the world they live in makes all the difference.”