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Family Man 2 makers on Samantha Akkineni: ‘She took extreme risk to do this role, it is a brave choice’

After virtually two years and 1000’s of fan requests later, Manoj Bajpayee-starrerT he Household Man is returning for its second season. The  adventures of Srikant Tiwari, who struggles to be a household man in between saving the world, will go reside June four on Amazon Prime Video. Already doing a tightrope stroll between a middle-class life and all of the challenges it entails, and being a brilliant spy, the precarious stability of Srikant’s life goes utterly awry with the entry of his new nemesis, Rajji who’s performed by South star Samantha Akkineni.

In an interview with the indianexpress.com, Manoj Bajpayee and The Household Man 2 creators Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK talk about what has modified the second time spherical and why Srikant seems to be so rattled. In addition they weigh in on whether or not the second season borrowed something from varied fan theories and why Samantha Akkineni’s resolution to do the present was courageous.

Do you are feeling the strain of followers’ expectations or is there simply pleasure within the room forward of second season?

DK: (Laughs) There’s strain. No person needs to reply this query.

Manoj: I’m positive Raj and DK, Suparn (Varma, author), Suman (Kumar, author) and the entire workforce feeling the strain as a result of they’re the originators, they’ve been with the challenge from the start until the tip. However on the identical time, I really feel it’s pointless (laughs). They’ve created such a unbelievable inventive piece with season one, and the second season is uninfluenced and unimpacted by the success of the primary season, as a result of we already shot the primary schedule by the point the primary version was out.

The household has moved on, Srikant has moved on and he has new challenges on work entrance and I’m restlessly curious to know the way persons are going to obtain Srikant in these new circumstances, how they are going to welcome this explosive character like Samantha’s. That approach, I’m assured we have now a terrific product in hand.

DK: Fortunately, after we had been scripting, growing and even filming season two, the load of season one was not on us. We went organically into season two.

Whereas solely the primary schedule of The Household Man 2 was full, the response from the viewers for the primary season began pouring in. So, was it simple for you as creators to disassociate the method of filming from the reactions? Or had been there instances while you thought you would possibly get influenced, as a result of as soon as a season turns into hit, there are fan theories and predictions, like how ought to the season two start, what Srikant Tiwari ought to do subsequent…

Raj: We noticed some actually credible theories, and not less than three had been shortlisted. And we realised, we weren’t doing any of the three. Now, we did good or unhealthy, we don’t know. However we had thought it differently, how one can go ahead and we caught to it. All we did was tweak right here and there only for a few small issues that we’d have forgotten and viewers made us realise how a lot they cherished a sure a part of it and we realised that we weren’t listening to it. So, 5-10 per cent of tweaks after the response, however relaxation we had been occurring a special path.

DK: The factor a few sequel is, such as you mentioned, all people makes their very own tales. Similar to all people else, we additionally made our personal story and we’re fortunate that we get to point out it.

What was it about Samantha that you just felt she wanted to be part of the present?

DK: We had written a Tamil-speaking character. The primary rule that we have now been following since season one was that we go and discover a Tamil-speaking actor.

Raj: What’s humorous is that somebody requested us what’s the final movie of Samantha that we watched and we mentioned Rangasthalam. It was an excellent, enjoyable movie however her character had nothing to do with what we had been casting for.

DK: We additionally noticed Tremendous Deluxe. And he or she has by no means completed one thing like this. Actually, I don’t suppose anybody has completed a personality like this. However you need to go along with the religion within the actor.

Raj: Samantha’s alternative of doing The Household Man 2 is an especially dangerous one, particularly in the event you see how passionately her followers comply with her work. Already there are few feedback saying, ‘What did you do to our lovely Samantha?’ I mentioned she remains to be lovely, in only a totally different position. Somebody like her doing this position could be very dangerous. It’s courageous to say, ‘I’m going to let go of all of the issues folks look in me, in my character and I’ll embrace a very totally different, contrasting character and attempt to do my greatest with it.’

Manoj, you’ve repeatedly made and damaged pictures over these years. You play one character and the following could be an entire departure. However apparently, with The Household Man 2, it is going to be first time you may be enjoying the identical character once more, in the identical setting however totally different circumstances. So, had been there moments while you felt you had been actually competing with your self? 

Manoj: The primary witnesses to the modified Srikant Tiwari had been Raj and DK. They had been observing and developing with their options. However this time I wanted their management way more than I wanted it within the first season. I wanted way more response from them.

Raj: I might see his effort and battle. He’s simply going to drink water and go and do a terrific scene (laughs). However we had this dialog, the place he advised us that he was attempting to do one thing else. ‘I do know it’s the identical character however I’m attempting to do one thing else right here,’ he mentioned. And we might perceptively see that. So, whoever is watching it very carefully– it’s very nuanced as a result of you’ll be able to’t depart and begin speaking like any individual else. You will note a whole lot of that in the event you carefully observe his performing model in season one and two. He did herald a refined however a difficult shift.

Manoj: I additionally really feel that Srikant Tiwari within the second season seems to be rattled at instances. That you just don’t see within the first season as a result of there you are feeling he has solutions for all the things.

DK: Yeah. The cockiness and the boldness of the primary season takes somewhat beating right here. He’s somewhat not sure.

Manoj: Sure, for some time he actually feels helpless. As an viewers, you are feeling at instances that he might get sucked into it, he might give up. However he’s Srikant Tiwari on the finish of the day. He finds a solution. However for these moments, you do really feel that this isn’t the Srikant Tiwari that you just knew within the first season.

Is {that a} danger?

Manoj: It’s by no means a danger. The viewers additionally needs to see him going via all these ups and downs and benefit from the full journey of Srikant Tiwari reasonably than sticking to 1 type. The component of Srikant Tiwari isn’t going to go away. However maintaining that component intact, exhibiting him to take care of totally different circumstances, breaking at instances after which choosing up very quick and popping out victorious is Srikant Tiwari. He is sort of a cockroach.

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