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Friday, September 3, 2010

We Are Family - A Complete Review

Apart from the Bollywood buzz, Karan Johar’s ‘We Are Family' finally was proved as an ‘official’ remake of Hollywoodflick 'Stepmom' (1999). People may not be aware of theme which roots from a 1950 film ‘No Sad Songs For Me' or the 1995 American TV series  'The Other Woman'.

Hollywood writers effectively produce their best out of a common thing, which Bollywood writers lack in their work. Humour undoubtedly clicks, but Karan Johar’s 'We Are Family' fails to sustain the momentum Kajol and Kareena have maintained so far.
 Julia Robert starrer 'Stepmom' had brought a good business whereas 'We Are Family' despite of the same concept, theme and even dialogues does not possess to impress Indian audiences. Like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, it is not expected to run successfully in India.

May be, for the concept, that a sauteli maa or a step mother cannot be a good mother motivating his hubby's kids into her track, Indians will hesitate to accept. Humorously Arjun Rampal plays that muted, pointless man in this movie adapted from Chris Columbus’s 'Stepmom'.

He also looks suitably dishy for his target audience in a form of a bald, old, divorced, and charmless as Ed Harris had done in Hollywood version.

The man under the shoe of a girl Kareena has an alternate family: a divorced wife (Kajol), two daughters, and a son. Because of Kajol's chronic illness the naughty kids are introduced to the dad’s young, sassy girlfriend.

The story revolves around the way Kareena used to manage with her would be hubby's kids, first being called as D short for daayan (witch), then as a friend.

Undoubtedly, Kajol's stunning performance is praiseworthy, who is playing a warm, poor single mother, losing her life minute to minute along with her kids due to fatal cancer. The pathetic scene by Kajol really makes a woman weep.

She appears superior to Susan Sarandon. But the relationship between two co-wives is superb and looks natural. But who will do what? This is India and people won’t accept such English theme.

Music by Shankar, Ehsan and Loy is quite soothing but not melodious that is expected from Karan's movies. Yet, for its simple treatment, songs are enjoyable. The movie can be best watched with families with NRI sentiments.

Movie: We Are Family
Director: Siddharth P Malhotra
Actors: Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal
Our Rating: **


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