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The Family Man 2: Makers accused of hurting Tamil sentiments

Soon after the release of The Family Man 2 trailer, people on social media started referring to the show as against Tamil interests

The second season of Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni’s much-awaited but controversial web series The Family Man — which tried to add to the Pakistani narrative on Kashmir in the first season — is all set to release on Amazon Prime Video on 4 June. Ahead of its release, the makers dropped the trailer of the show on 19 May as, while the trailer won many hearts, it also landed itself in controversy by irking people in southern India for portraying them as terrorists. The trailer talks about the Tamil rebels fighting for their interests in Sri Lanka joining hand with ISIS to harm the country. This does not go down well with the people who called the web show “anti-Tamil”.

Soon after the release of The Family Man 2 trailer, people on social media started referring to the show as against Tamil interests. There are allegations that this series is presenting the Tamilians on screen like terrorists and this is an attempt to discredit the years-long struggle in Sri Lanka. #Familyman2_against_tamils also started trending on Twitter. One Twitter user wrote, “Stop slandering the feelings of Tamils and the liberation struggle of the native people of Tamil Eelam!” Another tweeted, “If the series has anything that hurts the Tamils and Eelam Tigers, It should and it will be banned for hurting Tamils. Don’t talk about anything if you don’t know about our History.”

South star Samantha Akkineni has being accused of this whole issue on social media. No statement has been issued by Amazon Prime Video yet. The Family Man 2 tells the story of a detective Srikant Tiwari who is torn between his duty as a government servant and as a family man. Samantha Akkineni joins the action in season two, as an antagonist. She will be seen playing a suicide bomber. 

Besides Bajpayee, the show brings back Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, and Sharad Kelkar. Created, directed and produced by Raj and DK, the show also features Darshan Kumar, Sunny Hinduja, Shreya Dhanwantary, Shahab Ali, Vedant Sinha, Mahek Thakur and Seema Biswas. The series will see Tamil cinema including Mime Gopi, Ravindra Vijay, Devadarshini Chetan, Anandsami and N. Alagamperumal in the cast, too.

Produced by D2R Films, The family Man 2 was supposed to launch in February this year but the makers postponed it after Tandav controversy. Many FIRs and protests took place after the Saif Ali Khan starrer showed actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub appeared dressed as Shiva and abusing on the stage. The series was accused of hurting Hindu sentiments and Amazon Prime Video was asked to take it down. After this, the streaming platform decided to postpone The Family Man 2.

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