Tamil Nadu government calls for ban of Manoj Bajpayee Starrer ‘Family Man Season 2’

Raj and DK, the directors of Amazon Prime Video web series The Family Man Season 2, have got a request for banning the series across the country.

On Monday, the Tamil Nadu government had requested the Information & Broadcasting Ministry to either stop or ban the release of The Family Man Season 2 for allegedly depicting the Eelam Tamils in a negative light. In a letter to I&B minister Prakash Javadekar, Tamil Nadu IT Minister T Mano Thangaraj said the trailer presented Tamilians in a “highly objectionable manner” and there was an attempt to discredit the struggle of the Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The TN minister pointed to the portrayal of actor Samantha Akkineni in The Family Man 2 trailer in his letter. “Branding Tamil speaking actress Samantha as a terrorist in the serial is directly an attack on the pride of Tamils living around the world and no one will tolerate this kind of motivated and mischievous campaign,” he said.

Now, the makers' Raj and DK have issued a statement, regarding the whole controversy. It reads as “Some assumptions and impressions have been made based on just a couple of shots in the trailer. Many of our lead cast members and key members of the creating and writing team are Tamilians. We are very cognizant of the sentiments of the Tamil people and Tamil culture and have nothing but the utmost love and respect towards our Tamil people. We have put in years of hard work into this show, and we have taken great pains to bring to our audiences a sensitive, balanced and riveting story – much like we did in Season One of the show. We request everyone to wait and watch the show when it releases. We know you'll appreciate it once you watch it.”

Earlier, Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko also wrote a letter to Prakash Javadekar demanding a ban on the show’s broadcast on Amazon Prime Video. The series is scheduled for June 4 release on the OTT platform.

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