We all love watching spy movies and series where the protagonist is a kickass secret agent and saves the day with his impeccable wit presence of mind and fighting skills, but ever wondered what their family must be going through? How do they balance their social life with their extremely confidential professional life? Well, here is a series to answer all your questions. After hit series like Mirzapur, Made In Heaven and Four More Shots Please, Amazon Prime Videos is back with yet another original series, The Family Man. Starring virtuoso actor Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role, the series traces the journey of Srikant Tiwari, ‘a middle-class guy but a world-class spy’. The drama-thriller focuses on how Srikant balances his personal and professional life, and is inspired by real life events.
The series begins with a scene in the Arabian Sea where some former ISIS recruits are on the run, but are apprehended by the coast guard. After much research, they figure out an impending terror attack on India. Srikant, who works as a secret agent, gathers up evidence and his intelligence team to chase the terrorists from Kashmir to Balochistan and New Delhi. Gradually the story unfolds and issues like lynchings, beef controversy, imposition of Hindi language and anti-nationalism smoothly make way into the story.
Meanwhile, Srikant’s personal life is as messed up as his professional life. His wife is constantly dissatisfied with his least contribution in the household work and children, his teenage daughter and young son are no less and add to his misery. Despite all of it, Srikant emerges as a hero in both the worlds.
Manoj Bajpayee as Srikant Tiwari has delivered a brilliant performance and it’s a pleasure to watch him both as a world class spy and a man who pretends to be a coy government employee in front of everyone. He seamlessly slides into the two worlds and convinces us that he’s the best of both worlds. South Indian actress Priyamani who plays his wife has done a commendable job and complements him well. Parallel leads, Sharib Hashmi, Gul Panag, Sharad Kelkar, Darshan Kumar have done a great job too.
Screenplay and Direction:
Screenplay is really tight and the decision to add bits of humor in the serious action-thriller was brilliant. The series is not heavy on your head and some jokes here and there keep you entertained throughout. Though some chasing scenes looked a bit stretched but strong writing and storyline compensated for it. The episodes are almost one hour long, which do justify the details and intensity of the story but it gets a bit tiring sometimes for viewers to be engaged for long. Dialogues could have been better and impactful.
The Family Man is an impactful series with a sensible and refreshing take on the life of a spy. The series will keep you engaged throughout, though you may not be able to binge watch it (the episodes are long). If you’re a fan of espionage thrillers and especially Manoj Bajpayee, this one is much recommended.
***½ (3 ½ stars)