The Family Man 2: Seeman calls for ban on series; warns of dire consequences
Seeman added that the series misrepresents Tamils and that it characterises them as terrorists
The trailer of the second season of The Family Man drew flak ever since its release on Wednesday, with many condemning the makers, claiming that the show touches upon the sensitive topic of the Srilankan Tamil conflict and that it hurts the sentiments of Tamils through its inaccurate portrayal of the rebels in the Srilankan war.
Now, Seeman, the Chief Coordinator of Naam Thamizhar Katchi has called for a ban on the series, adding that there will be dire consequences if the series is released.
The new season of the Amazon Prime series, set in Chennai, pits the protagonist Srikanth Tiwary (Manoj Bajpayee) against the supposed antagonist played by Samantha Akkineni, who can be seen in a military uniform, speaking in a Srilankan Tamil dialect. A dialogue from the trailer hints at the protagonists having to deal with a new threat in the form of a 'coalition between ISI and the Rebels'.
In the statement, Seeman said that it is no coincidence that Chennai has been chosen as the location. "The story revolves around an Eezham woman who is portrayed as a militant. The colour of her dress resembles that of an LTTE uniform, with dialogues referring to links between the militant group and the Pakistani ISI. In a situation where 2 lakh Thamizhs in Eezham have been slaughtered by the tyranny of Sinhala chauvinism, the attempt to portray the Thamizhs as terrorists through a web series that stand as the greatest democrats and seeking justice in the international forums through moral and legal struggle is highly condemnable," he said.
As soon as the trailer released, people criticised the show and the uproar even led to the hashtag #FamilyMan2_against_Tamils trending on Twitter. Seeman cited the uproar from the Tamils and added, "It is completely unacceptable to release this web series, which fails to feature the humanitarianism of the LTTE that stood with high morality even when the Sinhala chauvinist regime violated the conventions and rules of war through barbarian attacks, use of cluster bombs, chemical weapons and massacring a large number of Thamizh."
Seeman added that the show characterizes Tamils as terrorists and that it "fails to portray the Thamizh people on the brink of extinction with the greatest wounds and injustices inflicted."
Season 2 of The Family Man, created by Raj and DK, is set for a premiere on June 4. The new season also marks the return of Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi and Seema Biswas, while additionally featuring a host of Tamil actors including Mime Gopi, Ravindra Vijay, Devadarshini Chetan, Anandsami and N Alagamperumal.