Indian national award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee, who launched the trailer for ‘The Family Man’s second season’ on May 19, is facing resistance and setbacks on Twitter when some media users claim that it is the South Indian state Tamil Nadu in bad light and denounced the series as ‘anti-Tamil’. In the trailer, we see Srikant Tiwari (Bajpayee) against the ‘new face of danger’, a fictional extremist leader played by Samantha Akkineni. Hashtags like #ShameOnYouSamantha and # FamilyMan2_against_Tamils started trending on Twitter after its launch. While watching the trailer, many also apologized to directors Raj and DK. Many feel that Akkineni’s militant character is being branded a terrorist and that the Tamil community is being portrayed as a terrorist. Akkineni’s character apparently fights for an independent state for Ethnic Tamils, a result of the 1983 conflict that erupted in Sri Lanka, where government forces and the rebels Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who fought. “… We seriously condemn the film crew and writers of # FamilyMan2 for portraying LTTE as terrorists and war people,” tweeted Sunanda ThamaraiSelvan. Another Twitter user claims that he strongly condemns the series and claims that they do not accept LTTE as an extremist outfit. ‘Hollywood portrayed Russians and Cubans as mercenaries in their films and created hatred against them. That is exactly what these people are doing against Tamils, “tweeted Dr Mohammad Gaddafe.
A red and white poster with Akkineni’s image with the bold letters ‘Shame On You’ is also doing the rounds. This is not the first time a web series has run into problems and calls for boycott. Earlier, programs like ‘The Sacred Games’ with Saif Ali Khan on the streaming platform Netflix and ‘Tandav’ on Amazon Prime faced the problem when many people considered the portrayal of certain communities and castes in India to be offensive. While an appeal for the series ban began to trend, actors including Taapsee Pannu, Maniesh Paul, Adivi Sesh, Anubhav Sinha and Hansal Mehta appreciated and praised the edgy trailer. “So good! Sir you are excellent! And @ Samanthaprabhu2 can not wait to see you on this new medium with this new look,” Pannu wrote. In the past, movies with any Sri Lankan connection have always gotten into trouble. Well-known director Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ (‘A Kiss on the Cheek’) also called for a boycott. Recently, Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathy, who agreed to play the role of Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralithara, withdrew from the project when his fans were opposed to him playing an icon of their rival country.