Karan Johar’s latest release “We are Family” is a good entertaining package. Featuring Arjun Rampal as Aman, Kajol as Maya and Kareena Kapoor as Shreya, the film is directed by new comer Sidharth Malhotra. The film, set in Australia speaks about the relationship between Kajol, Kareena & Arjun. Kajol is Arjun’s ex-wife and Kareena is his current girl friend. The story revolves around, after Kajol being diagnosed with Cancer, Arjun moves back to his ex-wife and children followed by Kareena. Kareena who is a career oriented person learns from Kajol, an expert mother, how to take care of kids and to maintain a house.
Basically it is a copy of 1998 American movie “Stepmother” featuring Susan Sarandon. According to critics though Mr.Malhotra tried his best to wet handkerchiefs of public, but it did not added any extra matter to the story and is a direct ditto copy of its American predecessor.
“The melodrama is yawn-inducing,” writes Sanjukta Sharma in Mint. Adding more Ms. Sharma says: “The ideal Indian woman is one who can lose herself entirely. Motherhood means no sexuality, even no career in this case,” Crediting Kajol & Kareena for their limited opportunity she adds “The point of view is never to evince cynicism about the workings of a traditionally ‘Indian’ (mostly north Indian) family and the domestic establishment, but to glorify it and sanctify it further.”
Aniruddha Guha, a film critic & writer in Mumbai’s Daily News says: “For director Malhotra, it’s as lacklustre a debut as can get. With a narrative that leaves no room for imagination, actors who can sleepwalk through their roles, and production values that you associate with every Dharma film, there is almost nothing in the film that helps him make a mark of his own.”
According to Times of India its 3 out of 5 rating. But a public polling offered a 2 rating instead of three. One of them questioned about the acting of the kids, making them so unreal. But, overall, as a viewer, my experience with this movie was very good. It reminds how mother can be important to their kids. A full package of comedy, beautiful sets, sentiments, my personal rating will be 4 out of 5.
This movie is released worldwide including Dubai, UK & US. So people get set for some emotional movies. Hankies are must to take with!