Manoj Bajpayee starrer The Family Man went live on Amazon Prime a few days back. Although it received decent feedbacks from the critics it has also stirred controversy as the RSS has posted an article of the series being anti-national and is trying to rationalize terrorism.
Before we get into the main issue let’s first know a bit about the series, The Family Man is an Indian action dram web series with Manoj Bajpayee as Srikant and Priyamani as Suchi in the lead roles. It depicts the story of a middle class man who secretly works for National Investigation Agency.
We see Srikant bantering with his kids and trying to maintain peace with his wife Suchi, who has a busy work schedule of her own and is exasperated that he doesn’t share the household responsibilities. All that they know about his job is that it is dull, low-paying, and that he spends all his time handling “files and paperwork”.
The series has many such events which are said to be close to real life event.
Well, the article posted by RSS magazine Panchajanya highlights such scenes of the web series and has stated that these kinds of series are often unregulated.
The article posted in RSS magazine Panchajanya states, ‘In the series, a woman affiliated to the National Investigation Agency is shown speaking to her male colleague at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, decrying the fact that Kashmiris were being oppressed by the Indian state as it had shut down phones and internet and used measures like the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. At one point she asks her male colleague, who appears quite affected by her talk, whether there is any difference between the Indian officials and militants.’
The article goes on to claim that the series shows Islamic terrorism in India increased after the Gujarat riots in 2002. ‘The question is what about the 300 Hindus who were killed at that time? Why did no terrorists come out from a Hindu family? The Kar Sevaks who were burned alive in Godhra, why didn’t anyone from their family take up arms?’ It also claims the web series like this not only target national security but the social framework as well.
The author then goes on to ask the agencies to unearth the conspiracy behind making such webseries. ‘The way these series are showing Indian Government and the security agencies in a bad light and are indulging in glorification of terrorists, it’s not too hard to understand that there is a conspiracy behind the stories. Quite obviously huge money is invested to make them. We hope the security agencies will look into this new threat and the truth behind this conspiracy will be out soon.’
Panchjanya’s editor Hitesh Shankar claimed that the RSS had objections to The Family Man and a few other series. “My larger point is that this kind of uncensored content is reaching people’s homes, their mobile phones, and is dangerous,” he said.
“There has to be some oversight, some mechanism through which this kind of content cannot make its way to screens in this country.” He added.
RSS also highlighted other series such as Sacred Games and Ghoul that propagated hatred for Hindus. It further said that the show Sacred Games had depicted Hinduism as a cult that was set to destroy the world.
It also alleges that the these web series are promoted by ‘Leftist’ and ‘Congress leaning producers’ and also says that there is a huge conspiracy to validate anti Hindu narrative