Mumbai, November 22, 2021.
“I never try to make the character larger than life. I always try to live in the reality and make the character a representative of the masses.” This is what noted actor Manoj Bajpayee said at an ‘In-conversation session’ on the ‘Creating Cult Icons: India’s own James Bond with the family man’ held on the sidelines of the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa.
Addressing the session virtually, Manoj said that life of an Indian middle class is a comedy and it is the inspiration and reference for all his characters. “I didn’t need to search Srikant Tiwari, my character in the The Family Man series anywhere else. I got it within me, in my family, in my surrounding and everywhere”, he said.
He said that The Family Man is a great story of a middle class Indian guy, who is trying to find a balance between a demanding job and a demanding family. “When Raj and DK came to me with the synopsis, I was sold out to it”, added Manoj.
Director of ‘The Family Man’ Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K., famed as Raj & DK, while addressing the session said that they wanted to do a Pan-India story. “The biggest expression of freedom that we experience when we started The Family Man series was why should we limit ourselves? To break the barrier and make the story pan-India, we reached out to the actors, crew and writers from different regions”, said the duo.