Manoj Bajpayee received the award for Best Actor for his role in ‘The Family Man 2’ web series at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2021 last Friday. When he heard the news, he said it was a “proud moment” for the entire team and went on to explain why he chose to make his web debut with the show back in 2019.
Manoj said: “It’s a big win not for me, but for the team in ‘The Family Man’, because whether it’s a movie or a web series, it’s teamwork that matters. Yes, my character, Srikant Tiwari, has been loved by everyone and it is also one of the best shows in the world now. So I’m glad the web series worked, it’s been loved globally! It is fantastic.
“In 2018, when Raj and DK approached me with the story of my character, I saw so much potential for me to add to it as an actor. I thought, yes, I can take the character from paper to screen and to a higher level. Of course, none of us knew how much of it would be loved by the audience, but luckily it did! Like I said, I’m so glad the show is loved. Therefore, my character is valued. ”
‘The Family Man 2’, which is streamed on Amazon Prime Video, won two awards at the film festival – the other went to Samantha Akkineni. The cast’s series also includes Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, Sunny Hinduja, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Sharad Kelkar, Seema Biswas and child actors Ashlesha Thakur and Vedant Sinha.
Asked about his experience working with child actors, Bajpayee said: “I do not see a child actor or junior actor as less than the other co-actors. They are also artists. So it’s easy for me to work with kids. These young people were very sincere and I enjoyed working with them. ”
When can we expect season 3 of The Family Man? “I think we still have time for that, because only the manuscript has begun. We have a lot to work on before we come up with the new season of the show. So say a year from now, yes, so much time we need to make season 3. When that happens, we will definitely share the news with our audience. ”
–By Arundhati Banerjee