The Family Man (Indian TV series)

The Family Man is an Indian action drama web television series on Prime Video created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.[1] Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani, it tells the story of a middle-class man secretly working as an intelligence officer for the T.A.S.C, a fictitious branch of the National Investigation Agency.[2] The series was announced in June 2018 and showcased at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour held in Los Angeles in July 2018.[3][4] The Family Man premiered on Prime Video in September 2019.[1] The series has been renewed for 2 more seasons.[5] Filming for season 2 began on November 2019 and is expected to be aired in 2020.[6][7]

The Family Man
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GenreAction
Drama
Created byRaj & D.K.
Written byRaj & D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
Directed byRaj & D.K.
StarringManoj Bajpayee
Priyamani
Sharib Hashmi
Neeraj Madhav
Pawan Chopra
Kishore Kumar
Sharad Kelkar
Gul Panag
Shreya Dhanwanthary
Sundeep Kishan
Shahab Ali
Mehek Thakur
Vedant Sinha
Music byKetan Sodha
Composer(s)Jaan Nissar Lone
Ketan Sodha
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Producer(s)Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
CinematographyAzim Moolan
Nigam Bomzan
Editor(s)Sumeet Kotian
Running time38-53 minutes
Production company(s)Amazon Studios
D2R Films
DistributorPrime Video
Release
Original networkPrime Video
Original release20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)

PremiseEdit

The family man follows the story of Srikant Tiwari, who works as a senior analyst in the fictional Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell (TASC), which is a part of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) of India. He is a married with two kids, and the first season follows an investigation of a potential terrorist attack, while simultaneously following his slightly unsettled family life[8]. The show is inspired by real life newspaper articles.[9]

CastEdit

MainEdit

Recurring

SoundtrackEdit

No. Song Music Singer
1 Kiske Liye Tu Dega Jaan Sachin-Jigar Shreya Ghoshal and Mellow D
2 Banjara Divya Limbasia Ved Jamsandekar
Gol O Pullani Saheg Bebat E (Balochi) Mahesh Shankar Gulshan Irfan Khanday
3 Khudi The Local Train The Local Train
4 Harmukh Bartal (Kashmiri Folk) Jaan Nissar Lone Jaan Nissar Lone and Sniti Mishra
5 hukus Bukus ( Kashmiri Folk) Aabha Hunjura Aabha Hunjura
Navrasam Thaikkudam Bridge Thaikkudam Bridge
Inbam (Tamil) Mahesh Shankar Mahesh Shankar
6 Aarchar (Malayalam) Thaikkudam Bridge Thaikkudam Bridge
Naalai Mahesh Shankar Mahesh Shankar
7 Ilaahi Divya Limbasia Piyush Kapoor
8 Pehchaan Underground Authority Underground Authority
9 Hukus Bukus (Rock Version) Divya Limbasia Suraj Biswas
10 Kiske Liye Tu Marega Sachin-Jigar Shreya Ghoshal and Mellow D

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (2019)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Family Man"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
The Indian Coast Guard captures three ISIS terrorists in Arabian Sea near Kochi. Force One is tasked to handle the transportation of these personnel under TASC supervision. Meanwhile Dhriti, daughter of Srikant Tiwari (Manoj) who works for TASC, is on the brink of suspension from school for her activities. The ISIS personnel tries to escape in Mumbai which results in a shooting by Force One. Srikant convinces Moosa, one of the ISIS operatives to surrender. Meanwhile in Pakistan, Major Sameer is planning a mission in India to force India into taking military action. One of the ISIS militant plants a scooter bomb and is considered by Sameer for Mission Zulfiqar.
2"Sleepers"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
The bomb planted by ISIS militants in the scooter near Black Horse (Kaala Goda) statue explodes even after the security forces try to defuse it. Pressure increases to find the bomber. Chief analysts of T.A.S.C receive information about three gaming engineers who are linked with ISIS. Srikant plans to arrest them. After arresting them at their company, on interrogation they mention a dropbox and strongly suspect it is a student in Victoria College but they reveal that they have never met him face to face.
3"Anti-National"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
Under the instructions of T.A.S.C., local police monitors the dropbox. Meanwhile, in college, Karim is contacted by ISIS for a mission. In Pakistan, Major Sameer plans to misguide the intelligence of India to throw them off their trail. Karim, at Victoria College, picks up a message from the dropbox and hence falls in the radar of T.A.S.C. T.A.S.C sets up surveillance at Karim's room and finds that he is planning something with a floor plan and guest list. However, Karim has his suspicions that he is being watched and gives T.A.S.C the slip. Karim with two of his friends are shown preparing a van to get into a party. T.A.S.C scrambles to find his location otherwise they will have to evacuate the market.
4"Patriots"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
Srikant suspects that his wife is having an affair with Arvind, whereas Suchitra is just meeting Arvind for a new job offer. However, Srikant traces her phone and confronts her at the hotel, where Suchitra and Arvind are just having drinks. T.A.S.C is meanwhile able to hack into Karim's hard drive and they figure out the location of the strike. On night of attack by him, Karim and his friends run into the road blocks set up by T.A.S.C. One of Karim's friend starts shooting and hence all three are shot down in the return fire. T.A.S.C finds out that their plan was to just feed beef to the guests in the party and not to bomb the place. Srikant reaches home drunk and accuses Suchitra of having an affair. Karim and his friends are branded as terrorists to save T.A.S.C's face. In the last scene, it is shown that the actual person responsible for the scooter bombing is, in fact, Sajid, also a student from Victoria College, who has just been released from jail after a rough interrogation.
5"Pariah"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
Sajid meets with ISIS agents who tell him that they have bigger plans for him and Karim was sacrificed to protect his identity. Srikant is under investigation and during interrogation assumes all the blame on himself. Guilt ridden, Srikant visits Karim's girlfriend Jonali and tells her that Karim is not a terrorist. On the other hand, Moosa seduces nurse Mary to meet his ends. He is able to make a call using Mary's cellphone and informs ISIS militants that he will escape from hospital in 2-3 days. In the middle of having sex with Mary, he leaves his hospital room to see Asif. There Moosa kills Asif by injecting Potassium into his blood. Sajid's next task is to go to Srinagar for Mission Zulfiqar. Meanwhile, Srikant is temporarily transferred to Srinagar as punishment. He and Suchitra are still not on speaking terms. When Srikant reaches Srinagar, Kulkarni then tells him that there is a reason for his transfer as they received intel from R&AW about a key terrorist sleeper agent coming to Srinagar.
6"Dance of Death"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
In flashback, it is shown that Moosa is one of Faizan's top ISIS agent and he had orchestrated a terrorist attack in Istanbul in which he killed 270 people with nerve gas. Major Sameer recruits him for Mission Zulfiqar. At present nurse Mary is scared when she learns about Asif's death but does not reveal the truth to T.A.S.C or any other authorities. Asif's death is attributed to cardiac arrest and the security force is substantially reduced in the hospital while Pasha is suspended. Meanwhile, Srikant flirts with his current CO, Saloni Bhatt, who is coincidentally also his ex-girlfriend. The team at Srinagar is tracking Basharat who supervises every terrorist activity in Kashmir. Srikant has his doubts that Moosa is Al Qatil and asks Talpade and Pasha to rush to the hospital. At the hospital, Jayesh, Zoya and Milind are guarding Moosa, when four armed men attack the hospital in order to free Al Qatil (Moosa). In the fighting that ensues, Jayesh and Pasha are killed along with the four attackers. During the ensuing firefight in hospital, Moosa is able to escape from the hospital but only after brutally murdering Mary with a surgical knife and leaving a trail of bodies behind him.
7"Paradise"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
As the news of the attack at hospital spreads, T.A.S.C. faces criticism and investigation. Suchitra goes to help Arvind when his daughter falls sick. In Srinagar, Sajid gets impatient and demands a call with Faizan. Meanwhile, the Indian security forces team gets the intel that Basharat is attending a wedding in Baramulla; however, the residents of Baramulla recognize themselves as Pakistanis and the army cannot enter that area without upsetting the status quo. Basharat attends the wedding to meet Sajid and to get him in touch with Faizan. Srikant, being anxious, enters the wedding in disguise and recognizes Sajid as one of the suspects arrested by Mumbai police. But Srikant continues to pursue Sajid ignoring the warning and orders from Saloni and Major Vikram. Srikant's impulsive actions causes the army to lose Basharat's trail and Sajid easily escapes in Baramulla with support from the locals.
8"Act of War"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
Faizan is captured in Pakistan in a operation by U.S. forces. Srikant enters Balochistan with the help of an undercover R&AW agent. They extract information out of Faizan posing as agents from the ISI, appealing to his patriotism towards Pakistan. It is found that the terrorists are planning to release a nerve gas in New Delhi. The gas has been smuggled into Kashmir over time and is now being transported to Delhi. Sajid is supposed to transport the nerve gas and build the bomb together with Moosa. The PM of India is alerted about this plan. Suchitra goes to Lonawala for a conference and impresses the VCs. Dhriti being home alone goes to a late night party at her friend's house and Atharv finds Srikant's revolver in the locked room; being curious, he starts playing with it, but puts it under the pillow, when Dhriti comes home.
9"Fighting Dirty"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
Some officials of T.A.S.C accidentally send an SMS to Jonali from Karim's phone. This make Jonali curious and she goes on a search for Karim's body-cam which is hidden in an abandoned car. Pakistan's PM makes a deal with General Ansari and General Ansari abandons Mission Zulfiqar. Major Sameer is arrested by 1/11 infantry of Pakistan army and provides the details of the nerve gas attack when he finds out about General Ansari's deal, but is able to warn Basharat, who catches up with Sajid and warns him but the Indian army is able to procure all the nerve gas canisters and Basharat dies in a cross-fire. Moosa is planning another attack by blackmailing a chemical engineer, Vaibhav, in New Delhi. Sajid meets with Moosa in New Delhi where Moosa informs him that there is a plan B for Mission Zulfiqar.
10"The Bomb"Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.Raj Nidimoru and Raj
Krishna D.K.
Suman Kumar
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
T.A.S.C. realizes that Mission Zulfiqar is not over. Moosa's plan is to recreate the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in New Delhi. Sajid blackmails Vaibhav to gain entry into Orion chemical plant. Moosa's men commandeer a water tank which Moosa uses as a reagent for the toxic reaction. Moosa and Sajid get into the chemical plant and Moosa kills Vaibhav. Moosa sets up the plant to spew toxic gases which will kill everyone in Delhi within 2 hours. Zoya and Milind enter the chemical plant and end up in a cross-fire with Moosa's men disguised as security guards. Srikant meets Moosa's mother in Delhi and releases a video in the news in which Moosa's mother appeals to him to surrender. Moosa changes his mind and decides to stop the toxic gas from leaking but Sajid disagrees and kills Moosa. Srikant and Talpede again prematurely celebrate their victory when they find Moosa's dead body. Meanwhile, Zoya and Milind are pinned in the cross-fire and are unable to reach Srikant. In the last scene, it is shown that the pressure has reached the critical limit and the toxic gases have started leaking while Zoya cries in desperation. Suddenly, one of the containers bursts open after reaching the critical pressure, and the show ends on a cliffhanger.

ReceptionEdit

Season 1 (2019)Edit

Rohan Naahar of the Hindustan Times wrote "Without ever parodying the genre, The Family Man succeeds at being a surprisingly funny spy series; equally capable of snappy one-liners as it is of slick thrills."[10] Karan Sanjay Shah of Rediff.com rated it 4/5 and called it a "raw, engaging, well-written espionage drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat".[11] Suresh Mathew of The Quint gave it a 3.5/5 rating and distinguished it from Sacred Games by saying, "What makers Raj and DK bring to The Family Man is a total mastery over the craft of storytelling. Unlike, say a Sacred Games, The Family Man manages to remain eminently accessible while still retaining its finesse."[12] Ektaa Malik of The Indian Express gave it 3 out of 5 stars, particularly praising Manoj Bajpayee and Sharib Hashmi for their stellar performances and Sumit Arora for the dialogues.[13] Raja Sen of Livemint also appreciated Bajpayee's role saying, "Bajpayee is alone reason enough to keep watching The Family Man."[14]

Akhil Arora of NDTV wrote "On one hand, The Family Man shows itself to be very socially and politically aware but its inelegant handling of exposition, and inability to be tonally cohesive lets it down."[15] Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today wrote "Despite Manoj Bajpayee's work, The Family Man is really a dampener."[16] Devansh Sharma of Firstpost writes how the web series "reminds that section of society (majoritarian Indian middle class) how privileged they are."[17] It has been alleged to be an anti-hindu series which is sympathetic towards terrorists.[1]

ReferencesEdit

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