Maybe its Priyamani‘s fantastic performance in The Family Man’s second season or maybe people are just plain stupid – whatever the cause, the actress has been receiving tons of hate messages from fans of the show for ‘cheating’ on Srikant Tiwari aka the fictional protagonist of the show who is portrayed by Manoj Bajpayee. A running trope is “Lonavala mai kya hua” which is a suggestion in the show that Priyamani’s character may have had an extra-marital affair. While most people realise that Priyamani and Manoj Bajpayee are actors, some have been so taken in by The Family Man that they have been offended by the suggestion that a female character could have cheated on Srikant. Now, The Family Man co-creator Krishna DK has also said that this Lonavala mystery shouldn’t be getting this much attention.
Krishna DK was asked if he has a stock answer to the Lonavala question, during an interview on a popular comedian’s show. “The cliche answer has been that at the end of season one Delhi was about to be destroyed, and a huge terrorist threat was… Zoya and Milind’s lives were at risk, and in the middle of this you want to know what’s happening in Lonavala. That’s my first stock-and-trade answer,” he said.
“That said, the point of this is, I leave it up to the audiences’ imagination. There’s a reason we don’t come out and explicitly say what’s happening in Lonavala. You guys imagine what happened in Lonavala, and you make your own decisions about it. Raj and I, and even Suparn (Varma), the third director, and Suman (Kumar), our co-writer, we all kind of felt that this is perhaps a question that has garnered too much importance in the context, and it shouldn’t have. Suchitra is a strong female character. She has reasons, and her motivations, she has her compulsions. She has her decisions that she makes, and she should be. She shouldn’t be seen as just Srikant Tiwari’s wife. That’s not the way to look at her character; she’s an individual, she’s a strong person. In the first season we say that she’s tired of being a person who has kind of fallen in the background, looking after the family. And she wants to explore her dreams and aspirations, on the professional front, and we should look at that as her overall character. So what happened in Lonavala is what you saw, what you believe happened and you just have to go with the flow,” he added.
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