Samantha Akkineni played the role of the antagonist Raji in the show, The Family Man, which featured Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role.
Actor Samantha Akkineni has reacted to the controversy surrounding her show, The Family Man, where she played the role of a Sri Lankan Tamil rebel. While she received glowing praise for her performance, the Tamil Nadu government slammed the makers for portraying the Tamil Eelam in a negative light and urged the Centre to ban the show.
Tamil Nadu’s IT Minister T Mano Thangaraj had written a letter ahead of Family Man 2’s release that said that the series “not only hurt the sentiments of Eelam Tamils but also the feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu”.
In an interview to Bollywood Hungama, Samantha apologised for hurting people’s sentiments, without addressing the topic directly. “I allow people to have their own opinions. If they decided to stay with that opinion, I am very sorry for hurting anyone’s sentiments. I sincerely apologise as it was not something I intended on doing at all. I did not mean to hurt anyone. So, if I did, I am extremely sorry. I am glad that, though, once the show did release, a lot of the noise stopped. I guess some saw it wasn’t so bad after all. For the people who didn’t and still continue to hold resentment, I sincerely apologise.”
Samantha played the role of the antagonist Raji in the second season of the series, which featured Manoj Bajpayee, Sharib Hashmi, Sharad Kelkar and Priyamani. While the first season focussed on the investigation of a potential terror attack, the second showed the terror attack by a rebel ground. The show bagged awards at the Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne (IFFM), where Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha walked away with Best Actor awards.
Ahead of the show’s release, makers Raj and DK had said in a statement. “We are very cognizant of the sentiments of the Tamil people and Tamil culture and have nothing but the utmost love and respect towards our Tamil people. We have put in years of hard work into this show, and we have taken great pains to bring to our audiences a sensitive, balanced, and riveting story – much like we did in Season 1 of the show. We request everyone to wait and watch the show when it releases. We know you’ll appreciate it once you watch it,” the statement read.
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