The Family Man Season 2
The Family Man Season 2 Review: A Family Drama With a Twist

The Family Man Season 2 is a dark, twisty, and compelling family drama. Be warned, this show has a really high body count, and the violence is graphic. But if you can get past the violence, The Family Man Season 2 is worth watching.

Family is an important theme in The Family Man Season 2. It explores what it means to be family, and how family can both bless and haunt us. The show is a family drama with a twist. 

It offers a window into the emotional lives of family members who have to navigate the consequences of divorce, infidelity, and the death of a loved one. The show is about the complexity of relationships - and the incredible things we do for those we love.

A Family Drama With a Twist

"A family is a group of people you love. Not blood relatives. I am a dad." So says Srikant Tiwari (Suresh Oberoi) in the first episode of the second season of Family Man. 

From the character’s speech at his nephew's wedding, we are made to understand that Srikant is now the father of a family and that he has brought his wife Anju (Neena Gupta) and son Yash (Kaushal Kapoor) back to India. 

He works as an IT supervisor at TASC (Telecom Employees Cooperative Society) and the one thing he cherishes more than anything else is family life. With the return of the Oberois to India, the drama and action are definitely taking a backseat.

What is the Family Man?

The Family Man is about a TV programmer and his family. Surrounded by three guys and a woman, Aditya (Srikant Tiwari), a software engineer from Pune, is suddenly thrown into the limelight when he learns of his ex-girlfriend Ranbir's (Shweta Rohira) suicide. 

On the day of Ranbir's death, the husband left a long-drawn voicemail, explaining why he wouldn't be coming home. And this is when the crazy lady Sushma (Sobhita Dhulipala) leaves a message as well, asking Aditya to look after her daughter. 

In an attempt to pacify her, Aditya proposes that he'd like to get back to work in the production house of Ranbir's husband, Madhav (Rajesh Tailang). "Just work" was the message Madhav left on Aditya's phone, and the Family Man's departure was the root of his misery.

Characters 

While Dibakar Banerjee's I Do... Sajan Re is a definitive classic of Hindi cinema, the other film adaptation of the same was almost-as-famous, with his cop father in Miyan Ki Baat turning actor and all. So, it was interesting to see Srikant Tiwari in the role of one of the good guys, in Ujjwal Chatterjee's Marathi series The Family Man.

Srikant Tiwari


Even if you are blessed with Bollywood-level acting, one cannot keep making it all the way to the finish line. These are very high standards set and high ambitions. What defines success is the ability to succeed in a million and one ways – and let's be honest, most actors are never going to achieve that. 

Madhavi

This, to put it simply, is the main difference between the first season of The Family Man and the second. In the first season, Srikant Tiwari (Srividya), a software engineer in a TASC, simply wanted to change his life. He wanted to set the record straight and go ahead with his goals. 

And, not just that, he wanted to make his family proud of him. He decided to move to Hyderabad, get married and have kids. That was, basically, it. But, the second season is about Srikant and Avinash (Prathap Pothen), the engineer who lives next door, and how their lives get shaped by each other. 

Srikant's life changes drastically when his son, Aditya (Ajay), gets into a scuffle at school. The police inform the parents that Aditya has been found mutilated.

Sundari

Nine days into her stint at TASC, Shanmugham (Nayantara) is figuring out the purpose of her life and its various tools. According to her, her purpose should be to see a psychiatrist who's available only for a few hours every day. 

She even sends a clipping to her estranged husband Narayana Reddy (Nassar) to send her doctor to the clinic. For once, Narayana finds himself at a loss as he doesn't know what else to do with Shanmugham. 

After another lukewarm episode, the third act of the second season of The Family Man opens with an intriguing turn in the story.

What was Season 1 about?

The Family Man premiered in 2015 and touched upon the agonies and travails of one family, whose patriarch, Keshav (Inder Kumar), was wrongfully incarcerated for a murder that he did not commit. 

He has now been released from jail and lives with his wife Rekha (Ishita Dutta) and their two sons at a suburban colony in Mumbai. Keshav is attempting to integrate himself back into the normal civilian routine of earning a living and raising his kids. 

The show opened with a voice-over from Keshav's lawyer which beautifully set the mood for the series: "The A.C.I.D. system of investigation is what brought us all together. These cases take over your life, until you realise that the family life you were living was the one that had been snatched away from you." And, the story continued.

What is Season 2 about?

A relaxed Srikant Tiwari (Sharad Kelkar) now works at an IT drama. He works 9-5 hours, eats in the office canteen and drinks on a water cooler. How is his family? Krishna (Nishant Kaushik) and Anjali (Aman Sidhu) are an extremely conventional couple and do not have a telephone in their home. 

His work is based in Delhi and he does not have time to meet them. (Also read — Family Man Season 2 review: Despite a very predictable plot, the Sharad Kelkar-starrer's dance numbers and fun moments make it a delight) What is his relationship with his wife and daughter? 

Despite not seeing them often, Krishna still has feelings for his wife and they want to live together but do not have enough money to live together.

Why is this show important?

Titled The Family Man, this show is about a middle-aged man – Rahul (Srikant Tiwari) who has a great job, great friends and an even greater wife but is struggling to come to terms with the fact that his wife is cheating on him. 

Sure, the cheating part is played up with a few digs, jokes and a few reality-show antics but that’s not enough to sustain a dramatic high-speed high-stakes drama show. Which is why the show changes its tack by opening with an entire flashback about Rahul’s life as a young child in a small town in India. 

With the help of several flashbacks, we are shown the rise and fall of Rahul’s entire family over the course of a year. The main story then flows between a married Rahul and his ex-girlfriend Priya (Anjali Anand).

Is this show worth watching?

Short Answer: Yes! Verdict: The Family Man lives up to all the hype Rating: * * * ½ What's the best thing about ‘The Family Man’ ? If you saw ‘Baby Driver’, you'd know what I'm talking about. The premise of this Punjabi-Hindi drama about a tech engineer who quits his job. 

Does a night shift at a call centre and then goes to college and a job placement meeting to search for his next big thing, is pretty much a rip-off of Edgar Wright's film. What's also pretty good, though, is that most of the characters in this series aren't nearly as whiny as Baby's friends in 'Baby Driver'. That is a nice change. The bad guys are not especially vicious either. What's not so nice is the completely implausible reveal at the end, which turns the show on its head.

Conclusion

Riteish Deshmukh, the star of the original and the director of the sequel, might have done his best to lighten up the movie and add comedy to the equation, but it is in the meat of the story that the humour lies. If you've seen the film, then you know that apart from the obvious commercial baggage. 

The Family Man is like a warm blanket that brings back fond memories of your childhood, or if you haven't seen it, the story will still give you a feeling of warmth and nostalgia. If you've ever watched a Masaan and felt disappointed because it lacked any type of action whatsoever. 

Then The Family Man is your cup of tea. But if you haven't watched it, there's no point spoiling the plot for yourself. In the end, it's all about your expectations, isn't it? What's Good?