South Indian star Samantha Akkineni is playing an activist in Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s series, The Family Man season 2. In an interview, the writer-director duo reveals details of Akkineni’s role in the much-awaited series. Originally slated to release in February, the show will now land online on June 4 on Amazon Prime Video.
Season one of The Family Man was set in Mumbai, and the plot shifts to Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, in the next season. Creators of popular AMZN Prime Video series The Family Man in an exclusive chat , share their thoughts and reveal details. “Not defining what she (Akkineni) plays, but it is an aggressive and vengeful role, very strong and intense role. (It is ) something she hasn’t done before. She is fighting for a cause, something (that) she really, really believes in. It is an outfit that has plans to do something destructive and vengeful.”
“It is about that and it is a single-minded focus,” says Raj while talking about her role in the series which shifts its focus from Mumbai to Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Trying his best to stop him, DK adds, “In short, you do not want to mess with her, she is a very dangerous person.”
Raj and DK have given some quirky films to Indian movie fans, including Go Goa Gone and Stree. However, their 2014 venture featuring Saif Ali Khan and Govinda, Happy Ending, did not receive similar love. Talking about the movie that also starred Ileana D’Cruz, the filmmakers call Happy Ending is “a big analysis” and “lesson” for us. “We still discuss and talk about it. We also learned a lot from it. What we learned was that it was designed to be a certain film and, due to various factors, you get led into various directions, usually external factors.”
“It (Happy Ending) looked like a packaged product, like a commercial rom-com with all the song-dance routine. However, the film was supposed to be making fun of it, while being at it. It was supposed to be our meta film. We even talk it out in the film ‘this is what is required for a romantic comedy’. The original setting and story got shifted. So (working on the film) taught us that no matter what, we are not going to waiver from where we started at (for a given project). Whatever (maybe the) incentives or attractions,” they say before signing off.