A politician and veteran filmmaker in Tamil Nadu have called for a ban on Amazon Prime Video’s second season of The Family Man, much of which is set in Tamil Nadu and features characters depicting Tamil Eelam fighters from Sri Lanka.
Senthamizhan Seeman, a member of the Naam Tamilar Katchi political party and a prominent advocate of Tamil rights in Sri Lanka, tweeted, “Stop streaming the # TheFamilyMan2 web series or we Thamizhs around the world may have to launch a massive campaign to boycott all @ amazon services, including Prime Video.” Seeman argued that the series humiliated the Tamil Eelam independence fighters and their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
In a letter to the head of content at Amazon Prime Video for India, Aparna Purohit, Seeman threatened to boycott Amazon and its related services and urged “your esteemed organization” to ban the show. We asked Naam Tamilar Katchi of Seeman for a comment whether they also filed a complaint under the Intermediary Guidelines. These guidelines require streaming companies to appoint a complaints officer, which Amazon has done.
Also the experienced filmmaker Bharathiraja allegedly called for a ban on the series with Manoj Bajpai and others. In a statement by the filmmaker, translated by News Minute, Bharathiraja said, “As we all know, the show continues to portray people from Tamil, Muslim and Bengali communities in a poor light.”
While Amazon has remained silent about the claims, the creators Raj & DK told The Times of India: “Many of our main characters and key members of the creative and writing team are Tamils. We are very aware of the feelings of the Tamil people and the Tamil culture and have nothing but the greatest love and respect for our Tamil people. ”
The Tamil Nadu government was not in the spotlight in this regard as it was quick to respond with a letter calling for a ban before the show was released. In the May 24 letter, the TN government said that Family Man 2 “aimed to discredit and distort the historic struggle of the Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka.” The TN government accused Amazon of running a “smear campaign” against Tamils because “our brothers Eelam Tamils have struggled for decades to enjoy the fruits of equality, justice, peace and dignity in the island nation”.