Jaya Biswas

 
Film: We Are Family
Director: Siddharth Malhotra
Starring: Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Anchal Munjal , Nominath Jinsberg and Diya Sonecha
Rating: Okay
 

Sob… sob… sob… KJo simply loves to make people cry. Albeit We Are Family is an official adaptation of the 1998 Susan Sarandon-Julia Roberts-Ed Harris starrer Stepmom, being a KJo production has its repercussions. The film has all the elements to tickle the Indian sentiments and comes across more like serving Indianised Chinese food. The reason why producer Karan Johar chooses a film made years ago, is evident. It has ample potential to be a tear-jerker. And sometimes the effort at doing so is forced.
Maya (Kajol) is a divorcee but a perfect mother. Her life revolves around her three children – Aleya (Aachal Munjal), Ankush (Nominath Ginsberg), and Anjali (Diya Sonecha) and they are a happy family, until Aman (Arjun Rampal) Maya’s ex husband introduces his new love Shreya (Kareena). Things turn bitter as kids and Maya find it hard to accept their dad’s new girlfriend. An incident changes their lives drastically, bringing the two women closer and eventually under the same roof.
Aman is clearly not a hands-on dad, who chooses little, Anjali’s birthday to introduce his new girlfriend Shreya to the family. He likes to meet his three kids only over the weekends. So while you dislike him for a display of insensitivity on such an occasion, you admire his bonding with his ex-wife. He drops everything to be with her when she’s diagnosed with a terminal illness. Maya then hits upon the idea of warming up her kids to Shreya whom they hate, so she can take over as their replacement mom.
If it were not the performances, the film is full of loopholes and continuity breaks. The hairstyle of little girl, Diya, keeps changing in the same scene. We see the characters live in Australia, yet constantly speak impeccable Hindi. The dialogues are sheer let-down. Each character keeps saying, Tum aisa nahin kar sakti, you can’t die, to Maya, as if she had a choice.
The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is a complete letdown. You feel it all the more because Dharma is known for its good music. There isn’t a single hummable song in the film.
Also, the writing could’ve been tighter towards the second half.
Kajol is brilliant as usual with her natural act in front of the camera, especially towards the climax where she is weak and critically ill. Kareena looks gorgeous in stylish clothes and is mature in her portrayal of a mom. Arjun Rampal, besides looking extremely hot, can continue riding high on success after Rock On!! and Rajneeti. 
We have seen Kajol and Kareena together in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and here too, they show a great chemistry. The combo is mindblowing and is definitely the high-point of the film.
The sequence where Kajol tries to prove that she is a better mom than kids’ new friend ‘D’ aka Kareena, is worth a mention. Although the story hardly leaves any scope for imagination, Kajol – Kareena fans will be able to sail through.
Debutant director Siddharth Malhotra’s treatment reminds of saas-bahu sagas on TV, especially when the women talk about the elder daughter’s marriage, how she’d look as a bride, her mehendi, her jewellery et al. Come on, she is just a 13-year-old kid!
A special note for the Stepmom fans, please stay away from this one.

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