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We Are Family

Knowingly, to cut the hype out, I decided to watch this latest Bollywood offering, a few days after its release. And I was with 5 other people in the hall. Clearly the opening hype of another Karan Johar film was over. That apart, I was completely relying on my popcorn to steady me through the film.

This Dharma Productions film relies on the assistant director of My Name Is Khan who turns debutant director. Well, that itself is enough said. Siddhartha Malhotra, the director is also the co-writer of the film, the story of which is cleverly credited to 1998 Hollywood film Stepmom. This is like taking your friends homework, changing the conjunctions and adjectives and passing it on as your own homework.

Post K3G, K-Jo has been making his moolah from his film openings, specially with overseas audiences. This film also probably did that. From the business stand point, K-Jo can start making another ‘Barbie is a career-girl’ film.

In pre and post publicity interviews, the star cast of the film kept saying that it is not a scene-by-scene copy of the Stepmom, in fact it has an Indian ending. Yeah, sure, throw in a wedding, weeping heroines, brooding hero and that is an Indian ending for sure.

This film probably would have had three different types of audiences. One, who have seen Stepmom. Two, who havent heard of Stepmom. And three, those depsite being in type 1 or 2 would give a film a chance to see if it stands on merit.

And that is where the film falters. Characters that dont cut any ice with the audience that now is watching films like A Wednesday, DevD, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, LSD and Peepli Live.

We Are Family Film Poster

We Are Family Film Poster

So does one understand that Kajol has lost her prowess or Kareena her charisma? There was nothing new to notice. Arjun? Well, he is now trying to emulate Shahrukh Khan in emotional scenes, with a husky tone and underplayed emotions, which for SRK is always a challenge. Caution: Actors like John Abraham, Arjun Rampal and Ajay Devgan are capable of one single expression. So, that didnt take much work, I am presuming.

Cut, now to, the poignant parts of the film where the kids are to be told that mommy no 1 has cancer. And except for one scene of solitude in the kitchen, where Kajol earned her acting fee, no other scene did justice to it. I was left wondering why you would cry watching a Darsheel crying for his mother (Taare Zammen Par) and not feel any pain when these kids are crying for their mother or vice versa?

And would somebody tell me why was I reminiscing the YRF film Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic when We Are Family started?

Shankar Ehsaan Loy‘s music is not noteworthy save the safe ‘Indianisation’ of Jailhouse Rock. Elvis, we feel your pain. R.I.P.

Karan Johar now is safely in the Hall of Fame where we know the film from its poster. Karan, get out of the family. Take a trip out on your own. You will have a better story to tell. An original one as well. A story that is not dependant on the grand mounting of a film but on the empathy that the audience feels for the characters.

WAF did nothing for me. Not even an unexpected call to my family back in India.

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One comment on “We Are Family

  1. Ankit Ojha
    April 19, 2011

    I’ve never seen Stepmon, yet I ended up hating this film because it was so cliched!

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