Movie Review: We Are Family

Movie Review: We Are Family

September 4th, 2010  |  YahaWaha Published in Bollywood Movie Reviews  |  84 Comments

We Are Family: Sob Opera

Rating: 2 out of 5*

Starring: Arjun Rampal, Kajol & Kareena Kapoor

Director: Siddharth P Malhotra

By – Abhijit Mhamunkar

An official remake of Chris Columbus directed Stepmom (1998) top lining Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts and Ed Harris, Siddharth P Malhotra directed We Are Family (WAF) is an average film that rarely touches your emotional chords but is watchable to some extent thanks to Kajol and Kareena’s acting. Failing to give his adaptation a separate identity of its own, Siddharth has ended up making a predictable replica of the original.

Sydney resident, fashion photographer Aman (Arjun Rampal) is in a live in relationship with a much younger fashion designer Shreya (Kareena). He is divorced since three years from his wife Maya (Kajol) who lives with their three children, Aleya (Aanchal), Ankush (Nominath) and Anjali (Diya Sonecha). As Aman intends to get married to Shreya, he decides to get her warmed up to his kids. But hell breaks loose during their first meeting itself as Shreya unintentionally ends up ruining little Anjali’s birthday party. All attempts of Shreya to win over Aman’s kids continue to fail as the kids consider her an enemy out to steal their father. Tensions between Shreya & Aman grow and after Maya is diagnosed by cervical cancer he goes back to stay with his family. Maya soon realizes the remote possibility of her to live. Worried about her kids, Maya decides to take a chance. She offers Shreya to stay with them so that she can judge as well as train her to be their future Stepmom. What happens as Shreya joins the family and Maya inches closer to her inevitable death forms the rest part of the film.

Debutante Siddharth is technically sound and apart from doing a perfect casting succeeds in extracting remarkable performances. He also constructs a few sequences well that weren’t in the original. Like instead of the craft sequence which leads to the ‘would be’ stepmom (Julia Roberts) winning heart of the elder daughter. In WAF he has employed a much effective one where Kareena explains her position to her and seeks her support. Or even the addition of the third child instead of just two in the original. Some endearing moments are derived from the little girl’s interaction with both Kajol & Kareena. However, one expected more such changes but scriptwriter Venita Coelho misses the opportunity to do so. It is beyond comprehension why the makers chose to set their film in Australia if it was an Indian remake of a Hollywood film. One also wonders why is Arjun’s character out of sight most of the time, especially when Kajol is judging Kareena about being a nice parent. Wasn’t his approval needed? Also, the film should have ended with Kajol’s family’s surprise to her but the extended climax ends up being too cheesy and unintentionally funny. Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogues oscillate between lines often said only in films or lines that people don’t say in real life. Raju Singh’s background music sticks mostly to the melodrama cliché of using flute, piano & violin in various combinations. Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy don’t give a single song worth a recollect. Their Jailhouse Rock’s desi version fails to impress. Camerawork by Mohanan is eye pleasing though.

Kajol never disappoints and yet again delivers a heart touching act conveying a lot effectively just through her eyes. Arjun Rampal brings a natural dignity to his role but one wonders why he is presented in a similar jacket throughout the film with only the colour of his shirts changing. Kareena Kapoor in a thankless role manages to impress. She is good in her confrontation sequences with Kajol so also all the scenes where she interacts with the kids. Aanchal Munjal puts up a notable act, while Nominath is cute. However, it is Diya Sonecha who wins the most hearts.

Finally, the film remains a definite watch for Kajol fans but for the rest members of their family, well, one cannot say so!

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