The second season of The Family Man has released to rave reviews. Critics and social media users have unanimously complimented actor Manoj Bajpayee, Samantha Akkineni and Priyamani’s acting in the second installment of the popular web series. Now, Akkineni has said that she wanted to take a “balanced, nuanced and sensitive” to her character, Raji, in the show. “Reading all the reviews and comments fills my heart with so much joy .. RAJI will always be special,” the actress wrote on Instagram.
“When @rajanddk approached me to do the character, I was aware that portraying Raji’s character required sensitivity and balance. The creative team shared documentaries of the Tamil struggle that included stories of women in the Eelam war. When I watched those documentaries, I was aghast and shocked by the troubles and unspeakable grief that the Tamils of Eelam went through over an extended period of time. I noticed that the aforementioned documentaries had only a few thousand views and that is when it dawned on me how the world just looked away when tens of thousands people of Eelam lost their lives. And, lakhs more lost their livelihood and their homes. *Countless many* continue to live in far away lands with the wounds of the civil strife still fresh in their hearts and minds,” she went on to add.
Akkineni also said that, according to her, Raji’s story is a tribute to ” those that died because of an unequal war, and those who continue to live in the painful memory of the war”. “I was particular about Raji’s portrayal being balanced, nuanced, and sensitive. I want Raji’s story to be a stark, much-needed reminder for us, more than ever before, to come together as humans to fight hate, oppression, and greed. If we fail to do so, countless more will be denied their identity, liberty, and their right to self-determination,” the actress wrote, signing off.