Samantha Akkineni has completed shooting for her part in the second season of The Family Man, an action-drama thriller web series directed and bankrolled by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, known for creations such as Shor In The City and Go Goa Gone. The actress who is foraying into the digital medium is reportedly playing a negative role in the series, though there is no official confirmation from the makers.
The series starring National award winners Manoj Bajpayee as ‘Srikant Tiwari’ and Priyamani as ‘Suchitra’ in lead roles has garnered good reviews for the first season comprising ten episodes that premiered on the OTT platform on September 20.
The action-drama thriller series is based on real-life events and geopolitics whilst also speaking of the life of a middle-class man striving to strike a balance between his personal and professional life.
The news came from an Instagram post by the actor on Monday evening.
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Every day on the sets of season 2 of The Family Man has been unforgettable.. To be given the opportunity and the trust to play a role so completely different from anything I have ever done before … Thankyou @rajanddk 🤗 you know I love ya .. It feels like just yesterday when I locked myself in a dark room and promised to discover ‘her’ world as genuinely as I could .. And today on the last day of the shoot I can proudly say.. I definitely didn’t eff it up .. 🙃#thefamilyman
While the actor expressed her happiness on taking up a role entirely different from her past ones and about how she has done justice to it, The Family Man team also appreciated her efforts with comments on her post.
Director-producer duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK said, “@samantharuthprabhuoffl You effing slayed it! It was sheer pleasure seeing you transform into ‘her.’”
They had also put up an Instagram post to share their experiences with the actor. The post comprised a cake with lettering that read, ‘It’s a wrap! Rebel star Sam!’.
Lead actor Manoj Bajpayee’s comment read, “You are fantastic @samantharuthprabhuoffl and so amazing to know you and work with you!!👏👏👏”
Apart from them, the director of Samantha’s previous film, Oh Baby, BV Nandini Reddy also commented on her post. She said, “Can’t wait for sam 2.0 @samantharuthprabhuoffl.”
On Monday, Amazon Prime released a video about 14 new Amazon Originals that are launching this year along with the new seasons of several existing shows. Several fans and audiences spotted a glimpse of the actor in the video.
Everyone watching Sneak Peak n I’m watching for her!Is it She or Is She not!?? Excitement to watch u on Digital platform is real @Samanthaprabhu2 🤗🤩 #TheFamilyMan2 Can’t wait!! pic.twitter.com/cg2NLDuY2n
— Pramoda Paruchuri (@iampramoda) January 20, 2020
The cast of the series includes Sharib Hashmi (Srikant’s colleague JK Talpade), Neeraj Madhav (as Moosa Rahman), Sharad Kelkar (Suchitra’s former colleague Arvind), Gul Panag (as Saloni), Sundeep Kishan (as Major Vikram), Darshan Kumaar (as Major Sameer), Sunny Hinduja (as Milind), Shreya Dhanwantary (as new agent Zoya), Shahab Ali (as terrorist Sajid), Pawan Chopra (as Srikant’s boss Mr Sharma), Dalip Tahil (as Srikant’s mentor Kulkarni). Cinematographers Azim Moolan and Nigam Bomzan are both cranking the camera with Sumeet Kotian on the edit and Sachin-Jigar composing for the series. Suman Kumar has penned the story for both seasons.
Tamil actor Devadarshini will also be seen in the series.
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Extremely happy to share screen space with stalwarts like @bajpayee.manoj and @samantharuthprabhuoffl in the highly appreciated hindi web series “FAMILY MAN” (season 2). I am thankful to @rajanddk and @iamsumankumar for giving me this opportunity. ❤ @familymanamazon #familyman #hindiwebseries #manojbajpayee #film #amazonprime #primevideos #direction #actors
Recently, the series won the award for ‘Best Series (Drama)’, ‘Best Editing’ and ‘Best Actor (Drama)’ at the Critics’ Choice Shorts and Series Awards 2019.
Congratulations Team ‘The Family Man’
BEST SERIES – #TheFamilyMan – @rajndk @rajnidimoru @krishdk
BEST ACTOR – @BajpayeeManoj
BEST EDITING – @sumeet_kotian @PrimeVideoIN @SrikantTFM @sumank pic.twitter.com/rXDO9OJxBN
— Raj & DK (@rajndk) December 11, 2019
Watch the trailer of The Family Man here.
Meanwhile, Samantha will next feature in the Telugu remake of the Vijay Sethupathi–Trisha starrer 96 helmed by Prem Kumar, also the director of the original, alongside actor Sharwanand. The film titled Jaanu has wrapped up shoot and will hit screens soon. A melody titled ‘Pranam’ composed by Govind Vasantha and rendered by singers Chinmayi Sripada and Gowtham Bharadwaj recently dropped from the film.
Listen to the song here.