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The Family Man: Say Hi, to the middle-class guy, who’s a world class spy

The Family Man: Say Hi, to the middle-class guy, who’s a world class spy

National award winner for acting (films) and Padma Shri (civilian honour) awardee Manoj Bajpayee (Satya, Gangs of Wasseypur-1, Bhonsle) makes his digital debut in the eagerly anticipated Amazon Original series, The Family Man, which releases 20 September on Amazon Prime Video.

Created by producer-director duo of Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru & Krishna DK; Shor in the City, Happy Ending, Stree), The Family Man will be seen in 200 countries and territories. The 10-part series also stars award-wining talent from Mumbai, Delhi and south India, including Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, Neeraj Madhav, Sharad Kelkar, Gul Panag, Sundeep Kishan, Darshan Kumaar, Sunny Hinduja, and Shreya Dhanwantary. The cast was chosen after utilising the service of at least two casting directors, and some of the actors gave auditions for various roles, the process lasting for up to two months, to bag their parts.

Contrary to expectations, Priyamani speaks good Hindi, having studied the language at school, and contrary to popular perception, Gul Panag is not Kashmiri--though Gul means flower in Urdu--her real, full name being Gulkirat Kaur Panag. Gul, though, comes from an army family, her father being a Lieutenant-General. She travelled the country with the family because of her father’s transferable jobs, for as many as 30 years of her 40 year life so far, and studied in 14 different schools. So, this role is close to her heart.

Described by the makers as an edgy drama-thriller, The Family Man is the story of Shrikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee, who looks noticeably younger than his 50 years) ), who is 'a middle-class guy, with a wife, a daughter and son, but also a world-class spy.

Bajpayee plays a middle-class man who works for a special cell of the National Intelligence Agency. While he tries to protect the nation from terrorists, he also has to protect his family from the impact of his secretive, high-pressure, and low paying job.

Jay Marine, Vice President-Amazon Prime Video, said, “We are incredibly excited about the growth of Prime Video in India. One of the big drivers of our success in India is our Indian Amazon Originals content, and we are delighted that we are launching our latest Amazon Original series.”

Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video India, said, "With The Family Man, Amazon continues to bring distinctive and high quality storytelling to our audiences; reinforcing our commitment to being a home for talent, both in front of and behind the camera.”

Raj & DK, Producers of the Amazon Original, The Family Man, through their production company, DZR Films confessed, "We have been planning to get into long-form story-telling, and were waiting for the right platform. And we found an amazing partner in Amazon Prime! It has truly been a wonderful journey, the start of a new and exciting innings, creating our first show.

“With The Family Man, we tried a new genre and an approach both challenging and satisfying. We tried our take on geo-politics, blended it into an action-thriller and added doses of quirky humour that is usually not associated with a serious genre like this. Loosely inspired by present-day events, it is a grounded take on the life of a middle-class guy who is also tasked with the job of fighting terrorism. The Family Man is an ode to the common man--his hopes, aspirations, responsibilities and troubles. In this case, he's also pretty screwed--balancing family and saving the country."

Synopsis

The Family Man follows the journey of Shrikant Tiwari, a middle class man who lives in Mumbai. Shrikant spends most of his time attempting to strike a balance between the responsibilities of his family, while working for a highly secretive special cell of the National Intelligence Agency, attempting to spot and prevent large-scale terror attacks on the country and its citizens. One day, while going about his domestic chores, Shrikant Tiwari finds himself caught in a sudden case that demands his full attention which eventually throws his family life upside down. The film has a Kashmiri separatist-terrorist backdrop.

Amazon Prime Video has the largest selection of latest & exclusive movies and TV shows, stand-up comedy, biggest Indian and Hollywood films, US TV series, most popular Indian & international kids' shows, and award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like Made in Heaven, Mirzapur, Breathe, amongst others all available, ad-free, with a world class customer experience. The service includes titles available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi and Bengali.

To watch the upcoming Amazon Original The Family Man and to catch-up on the super successful Season1 as well as the newest releases in Hollywood & Bollywood, the latest US TV shows, kids' favorite toons and other Amazon Originals, visit www.PrimeVideo.com or download the Amazon Prime Video app, and sign-up for a Prime membership, only at Rs. 1,999 annually or Rs.129 monthly. This includes early access to top deals, including unlimited reading, with Prime Reading.

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About Siraj Syed

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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of FilmFestivals.com and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.


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