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'Why would we show Tamilians in a bad light?'

By SUBHASH K JHA
May 25, 2021 10:55 IST
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IMAGE: Samantha Akkineni in The Family Man 2.

Raj Nidimoru, one-half of the Raj-DK directorial duo, is baffled by the backlash against The Family Man Season 2.

"A large number of the unit members for Family Season 2 are Tamil," he tells Subhash K Jha.

"Samantha Akkineni, who plays the Tamilian character, considers Tamil Nadu to be her home. I am half-Tamil. Other actors and technicians on the show are also from Tamil Nadu. Plus, we are all responsible citizens, supremely sensitive to the politics and culture of Tamil Nadu. Why would we show Tamilians in a bad light?" Raj asks.

The latest to join the protests is Rajya Sabha member Vaiko, who has written to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar asking for a ban on the series.

Curiously, the letter refers to Samantha as 'Samandha' and accuses the series of 'depicting Tamilians as terrorists and ISI agents and having link (sic) with Pakistan.'

IMAGE: Raj and DK with Samantha. Photograph: Kind courtesy Raj & DK/Instagram

Samantha's character is also being trolled for her skin being painted black.

"Painting black is racist. Samantha plays a woman who spends a lot of time in the heat of the sun. Her skin is tanned because her character is exposed extensively to the sun," Raj explains.

"She is in character, and there are no racial slurs, no references to any terrorist organisations. Just as Manoj Bajpayee's character has an agenda, Samantha's character also has an agenda," says Raj.

"Judge her character after seeing the series, not on the basis of the trailer."

The Family Man Season 2 will start streaming on Amazon Prime Video from June 4.

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