Senthamizhan Seeman, leader of the Tamil nationalist Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK), has called for a ban on “The Family Man 2” and warned of “dire consequence” if the web series is released as opposition mounts against its demeaning portrayal of Tamils.
In a press release, Seeman wrote, “The visuals featured in the trailer of the web series The Family Man 2, which is set to release on Amazon Prime, are shocking. The series seeks to intentionally portray the LTTE as terrorists and Thamizhs as vicious people.”
The Hindi-language series caused particular resentment amongst Tamils for the suggestion that LTTE was colluding with ISI, the Pakistani intelligence agency. Seeman wrote that, “In a situation where 2 lakh Thamizhs in Eezham have been slaughtered by the tyranny of Sinhala chauvinism, the attempt to portray Thamizhs as terrorists through a web series...is highly condemnable.”
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Seeman said that the series disregards the cruelty of the Sri Lankan government in its massacre of innocent Tamils and instead attempts to smear the Tamil liberation struggle.
“It is completely unacceptable to release this web series, which fails to feature the humanitarianism of the LTTE that stood with high morality even when the Sinhala chauvinist regime violated the convention and rules of war through barbarian attacks, use of cluster bombs, chemical weapons and massacring a large number of Thamizhs,” he added.
Seeman drew attention to previous films that portrayed Tamils in a disparaging manner, including Inam (2013) and Madras Cafe (2013), which were withdrawn from screening due to popular protests and said, “Similarly, the airing of the Family Man 2 web series should be cancelled.”
“I warn than there will be dire consequences if The Family Man 2 web series that tries to misrepresent Thamizhs across the country is released,” he added.