Saturday, September 4, 2010

We are Family

Medium : Hindi
Starring : Arjun Rampal, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor
Director : Sidharth Malhotra

Music : Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Raju Singh (bg score)

'We are Family' is a hindi movie which is shot entirely in abroad. Though most of the bollywood movies happening in this decade are having NRI stories, here the team behind might highlight the matter that the story is adapted from an english movie named 'Stepmom', done by Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. 'We are Family' is produced by notable director Karan Johar for Dharma Productions. His favorite actress Kajol, who is too choosy in accepting movies these days, comes in the lead role with Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor. It is directed by debutant Sidharth Malhotra.

Maya (Kajol) and Aman (Arjun Rampal) are couples who got divorced after they realized that they can't continue life smoothly. She is staying away with their three children. Aman brought his girl friend Shreya (Kareena Kapoor) to the house, the environment became unhappy. They were not ready to accept her as they want Aman still in their family. Shreya tries to impress the kids, but failed on some occasions. Since his children were not ready to accept Shreya, Aman decided to leave her. At one stage, Maya requested Shreya to stay with them, thus happens a twist in the story line of 'We are Family'.

The main attraction of the movie is the combination of super heroines Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. Kajol, who has got more emotions to project, did her role well. Arjun Rampal is impressive as always. All the child artists have done exceptionally well. The new director had made the movie in a sentimental background targeting the ladies. Though it felt deliberate in some areas, he has been successful in showing some emotional situations in the later portions (it reminds us of the malayalam movie 'Aakaasadhoothu'). Cinematographer Mohanan has given some colorful visuals. Bg score by Raju Singh is matching the mood. A couple of songs by Shankar Ehsaan Loy felt good.

It looks like the story of 'We are Family' is as it is adapted from the english movie. The twist happening to Kajol's
character should have been made as a suspense. The story should have been treated in a different manner, a flashback episode is needed as the climax is shown in such a way. The scenes in which Kareena's role in the family is established and the celebrations done by the members towards the end, are done in a cinematic style. The party dance song in the second half will only be helpful as a promotional package for the movie. The second half is lagging in many portions. The role of new characters as the grown up ladies doesn't felt realistic. The character of Kajol lacks stability, at one point Kareena tells her not be so strict in rules, but it is not shown clearly in the beginning. Kareena Kapoor's character needs maturity in make up towards the end.

'We are Family' is a sentimental movie filled with some extreme emotional situations, especially for ladies. A different style in the making should have made the output, a well accepted one.

Rating : 5.5 / 10

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