Family Man new season: Actress Samantha faces fans fury online

The trailer of the much-awaited Season 2, which will stream on OTT from June 4, has largely received a positive response. However, Samantha's role as a terrorist has come under fire by netizens

The directors, Raj and DK had earlier said that Samantha Akkineni's character will surprise everyone and that it was a role with "boldness and edginess".

The season 2 of the highly-rated Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘Family Man’ series on Amazon Prime Video seems to have run into rough weather, as netizens are angry with the show’s new antagonist – leading south actress Samantha Akkineni – for allegedly playing a “Tamil terrorist” from Sri Lanka.

The trailer of the much-awaited Season 2, which revolves around a dour middle-class guy, Srikant Tiwari (played to perfection by Manoj Bajpayee), who is a secret agent of a national intelligence agency, has largely received a positive response. However, there is a section on social media under the hashtag #FamilyMan2_against_Tamils, who is criticising Samantha’s character, Raji. Season 2 has been largely shot in Chennai where it is all ‘hot and happening’, according to the trailer.

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While one Twitter user threatened to unsubscribe their Amazon Prime subscription, another heckled the cast saying ‘Shame on the Family Man team’. One user wrote: “Not sure why tamils were always targeted by Bollywood and even other southern region movies. Spend time to understand what happened in Eezham. Stop force feeding your half-baked lies and propaganda.” (sic)

Another user wrote, “I was born in Andhra Pradesh and being brought up in Hyderabad but I have an immense respect for Tamils and I love to stay in Tamil Nadu. And coming to this web series it’s literally portraying Tamils in a wrong way. I believe, it should be banned.”

In the trailer, Samantha, clad in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) uniform, seems to be involved in a hostage situation in Chennai. In Family Man, Srikant Tiwari races against time to outwit terrorists and save the country and this time he encounters his alleged ‘nemesis’ – Raji.

However, Bollywood seems to be gushing over the trailer, which released on May 19, as Taapsee Pannu wrote on Twitter, “So good! Sir u are outstanding !and @Samanthaprabhu2 can’t wait to see u on this new medium with this new look”. Earlier, the directors, Raj and DK had said that Samantha Akkineni’s character will surprise everyone and that it was a role with “boldness and edginess”.

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