Movies

Bleak prospects for 'We Are Family'

MUMBAI: The story of We Are Family is adapted from the Hollywood film, Step Mom. One wonders why borrow from there since the theme is a part of Indian folklore as well as tradition! 
 






Producers: Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar
Director:
Siddharth Malhotra
Music:
Shankar Ehasaan Loy
Cast:
Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal

It is a tradition which has been used in film stories in both cases such as, when a married woman with a husband and kids is dying it is usually her sister who takes her place. Same is the case when such married women can?t beget an offspring. The tradition works other way round too, in case of a male demise as has been depicted in films like Ek Chadar Maili Si (Hindi) or Diyar Vatu (Gujarati) to name two.


So what is different about We Are Family? We Are Family feign to be contemporary. In that the Indian family lives in a foreign land (for no apparent reason). The couple (Kajol and Arjun Rampal) with three kids is divorced but both care very much for the kids. This situation makes it convenient for the man to fall for another woman (Kareena Kapoor) and, since he cares a lot for his kids, also attempts to make his kids accept the new woman in his life. Arjun?s efforts to make his kids accept Kareena fail as the children revolt.


The rest of the story is as predictable too. The divorced wife, Kajol, is diagnosed with Cervical Cancer and given three months to live. So now it is her wanting Kareena to enter her family and her children to accept her before her time runs out!


With the story being so predictable, screenplay follows suit. There are no twists and turns, no surprises, nothing that would make an Indian movie lover stir! While the first half is boring, the second half adds some interest but not enough to stop the tedium setting in. The narrative is as interesting as a school kid?s zoo visit report! 


The story requires mainly Kajol to perform, rest needed to just be their real selves. Sadly, Kajol is one-dimensional here. Her chirpy, charming self is not a part of the story; her hyper, insecure sad self runs through the film, which may be good enough for critics but not her fans.


What is more, she looks jaded. Kareena Kapoor is okay. Arjun Rampal is a miscast; his performance is fair. Kids are cute, endearing, defiant, pests in turns, as has been seen in a hundred films. The music is noisy and wonders how many would identify with the Elvis Presley?s Jail House Rock! The film comes up with just one funny dialogue when the father-son talks. The photography is good.


We Are Family has a sob story counting on Kajol to carry it off. She can‘t, it is just not there in the script! Prospects look below par.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/08/28/sui.jpg?itok=HerknJdt
Usha International associates with YRF’s Sui Dhaaga – Made in India

Usha International, one of India’s leading household consumer durables company, proudly announces its association with Sui Dhaaga - Made In India produced by Yash Raj Films and starring Bollywood heartthrobs Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/26/kamal_5.jpg?itok=xRiIWXqM
Kamal Haasan talks about the pathbreaking films that inspired his career

MN+, the gold class of Hollywood movies associated with Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop 2 for Season 3 of Pathbreakers.

Movies Hollywood
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/26/ganga.jpg?itok=ccflQVvn
No. 1 Bhojpuri Channel, ZEEL’s Big Ganga collaborates with foremost Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan for a 7-movie deal

Over the last two decades, Bhojpuri movies industry has seen a revolution in the form of content, talent, and production.

Movies Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/26/Zee%20Cinemalu.jpg?itok=XUZCLS1p
Zee Cinemalu Announces World Television Premiere of Superhit Romance-Idi Maa Prema Katha

Continuing to respect and support new-time actors, Zee Cinemalu’s World Television Premiere of Idi Maa Prema Katha stars the well-known faces from the small screen – Zee Telugu’s very own Anchor Ravi and Kalyana Vaibhogam-famed Meghana Lokesh.

Movies Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/16/itefaq.jpg?itok=uI4jxNky
&pictures to air Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra?s spine-chilling thriller Ittefaq on Saturday, 21st July 2018 at 8pm

A CBI officer is assigned a double murder case which involves two witnesses who are also the prime suspects of the case.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/16/monkey.jpg?itok=0potPgXf
Zee Action to air The Monkey King 2 on Saturday, 21st July at 8pm

Five hundred years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/14/ze.jpg?itok=FFtCj6MW
Zee to launch Zee Classic HD channel

The Punit Goenka-led Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), is all set to launch Zee Classic's HD version.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/13/shemaroo-india.jpg?itok=5OljtmuK
Shemaroo Entertainment Releases Padmaavat On Blu-ray and DVD for Cinema Lovers

Shemaroo Entertainment Limited, one of India?s leading global content power house, released the Blu-rays and DVDs of Sanjay Leela Bhansali?s magnum opus, Padmaavat- one of the most expensive Indian films ever made.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/10/pvr.jpg?itok=46nizMNQ
Al-Futtaim, PVR sign MoU to explore opportunities in MENA region

Multiplex operator PVR signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai's Al-Futtaim to explore opportunities to jointly develop cinema business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Movies Hindi

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories