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The Magic of 'Family Man' Srikant Tiwari In OTT

How Manoj Bajpayee managed to humanise a spy and make the character so intensely relatable

The Magic of 'Family Man' Srikant Tiwari In OTT
The Magic of 'Family Man' Srikant Tiwari In OTT
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2021-08-27T15:14:02+05:30

“Don’t be a minimum guy!” This was an advice given to Srikant Tiwari and boy was he so far from one! Some stories are interesting at the idea stage; they become even better when put down on paper, but when the right actors are cast to bring those words to life, they get elevated. And that’s what Manoj Bajpayee did—breathed life into the character of Srikant Tiwari. The sheer range of emotions, passion and ­vulnerability Bajpayee infused into this character is galvanic. He turned Srikant Tiwari into your next-door neighbour you’d never suspect of being an undercover spy.

In Season 1, the one facet I and our creators Raj and DK were excited to explore was Bajpayee’s comedy chops. He had thus far been associated with intense, angst-ridden characters, so the biggest challenge and opportunity was to leverage both his comic timing and the intense action. Like always, he delivered with immense flair—his deadpan humour and incredible ­timing, melded together, created the soul of Srikant Tiwari. A versatile actor, Bajpayee has...

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