Mumbai, June 13, 2021: Versatile actor Manoj Bajpayee has returned to reprise his fan-favorite role as Shrikant Tiwari in Amazon Prime Video's "The Family Man 2". The actor is very well received by the audiences for his role in this espionage action thriller series.
The series, however, faced the heat from the Tamil-speaking people who alleged that the show depicted Tamils in an "objectionable manner". Many people asked for a ban on the series, for which, the makers had to release a statement that people shouldn't reach a conclusion by seeing only the trailer and asked them to wait for the show to premiere.
Meanwhile, Manoj Bajpayee feels the series has worked, and that proves people know that the story isn't about hurting sentiments.
"We as a team - our directors, writers, are very sentimental to each and every person and state. We are sensitive to the culture. We would never do anything to offend anyone. Even in the first season, and in this season of 'The Family Man', we don't talk about politics. We put the characters there and we look at those characters in a humanized way. All those characters are heroes of their own story", Bajpayee told IANS.
"Now, the show is there right in front of you. I know you are liking it because somewhere you feel that the show is not at all what you were apprehensive about. It is talking about you and your sentiment in a very respectful manner with all the love", he added.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu Minister for Information Technology, Mano Thangaraj, had written a letter to the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javedkar, on May 24, calling for a ban of the web series. In his letter, Thangaraj said that "the series had depicted the Eelam Tamils in a highly objectionable manner and that if allowed to stream it would be prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony in the state".
The Family Man 2, created and directed by Raj & DK, also has Samantha Akkineni in her Hindi debut, as a Sri Lankan Tamil suicide bomber named Raji, along with Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, Sharad Kelkar, among others in familiar roles.