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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 13, 2010 – 11:35 IST
Look who is Bollywood’s new mommy, second time on though…it’s the lady who was marketing her film We Are Family till sometime back and has now added a new addition to her own.
Kajol gave birth to a baby boy at 0920 hrs IST today morning. It’s a joyous moment for the Devgn family as both the baby and mother are doing fine. The family of three, Ajay, Kajol and their daughter Nysa have a welcome addition of a third family member.
Bollywood Hungama wishes the family immense happiness and joyous life.
Tanuja, Tanishaa offer prayers for actress’ delivery
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 13, 2010)
The countdown to Kajol’s delivery has begun… and the We Are Family actress’ mother Tanuja and sister Tanishaa held a solemn puja at their Santa Cruz residence Grotto Villa for her safe confinement. The family also did a griha pravesh as they have shifted back to this old home of theirs after years.
Kajol, who has been advised not to travel by the doctors, could not attend the puja. There was a havan with a special aarti. Ghee shira as prasad with fruits and sweets were distributed to neighbours and well wishers. The entire family is excited about Kajol’s second child and are keeping everything hush-hush. Even Ajay has also hardly spoken on this.
Tanishaa told BT, “We prayed for Kajol. It was a very nostalgic moment for mother and me as we returned to the house where my father (film producer Shomu Mukherjee) used to live.”
By Subhash K. Jha, September 6, 2010 – 11:58 IST
By now it is an established fact that Kajol goes out of her way for friends. To no one’s surprise, she defied doctor’s orders on Friday and braved it to a suburban theatre to watch We Are Family because she had promised her friends producer Karan Johar and director Siddharth that she would.
Says the emotional director, “That’s Kajol for you. A true friend. She’s going to be a mother and she’s a month away from delivery. She wouldn’t have done this under normal circumstances.”
Doctors have advised Kajol to avoid all strenuous activity. And apparently, husband Ajay Devgn has been going out of his way to ensure Kajol moves out of the home as little possible.
But Kajol being Kajol, she went where her heart took her.
Says Siddharth, “I was on tenterhooks until Kajol saw the film. I knew she would be brutally honest in her opinion. When she said she loved the film and that we had got on screen what we had set out to make I was relieved.”
By Subhash K. Jha, September 3, 2010 – 11:42 IST
Since Siddharth Malhotra’s mentor and role-model Kajol is on maternity leave, the director is looking at casting his best friend Shahid Kapoor in his next film.
Shahid has been Siddharth’s best friend for years. The star watched the debutant director’s film at a special screening on Wednesday.
Says Siddharth, “I was waiting for Shahid to watch it. He has been my best friend for years. He watched it along with Sooraj Barjatya and Raju Hirani. Shahid absolutely loved my film.”
That’s the kind of love and loyalty Siddharth believes in. A self-declared Kajol bhakt he is ready to go to any lengths to be loyal to his muse and guardian angel Kajol.
After keeping a life-long mannat for Kajol agreeing to do his first film, Siddharth has now gone a step further. He has postponed his next film with Kajol in the lead because of the actress’ impending motherhood.
Kajol intends to take at least one full year off before returning to acting. Rather than cast someone else in the role that was written especially for Kajol, Siddharth has now decided to make another film next.
The director’s next would be a father-daughter family-comedy featuring Rishi Kapoor as the father. The daughter is yet to be cast. But the buzz is that Siddharth wants to create cinematic history by casting Rishi’s niece Kareena as his daughter.
Confirming these developments Siddharth Malhotra says, “I did want to make my film with Kajol next. But she won’t be doing any film for a year and a half. So I’m making a family comedy. I’ve completed this other script. Rishi Kapoor plays father to a much younger girl. I’ll make this family comedy before my film with Kadz.”
Siddharth has had a family screening of We Are Family. Karan Johar is apparently so proud of his protégé that he has agreed to let Siddharth make whichever film he wants to next.
Shahid and Siddharth have been best friends since the time Shahid starred in Sooraj Barjatya’s Vivah.
Recalls Siddharth, “I was the associate director of Vivah. Shahid and I have been close since then. Now we’re even closer. I really value his judgement.”
About casting Shahid in his Rishi Kapoor film, Siddharth Malhotra says, “I don’t want to commit myself to casting Shahid until Karan Johar reads my script. But I know one thing. I’ll present Shahid like no one else.”
The day her son Vihaan was born, Nandita Das cut off completely from the rest of her commitments
While Kajol waits for her turn, Nandita Das is all smiles, savouring every moment spent with her newly born son. He has been named Vihaan.
Though the actress has no plans to give up her career, she is taking all the time she can to nurture her child. She says, “Somehow I am missing nothing else. Subodh and I are spending a lot of time just watching our son. We have named him Vihaan. It is the Sanskrit word for ‘a new beginning’ or ‘the morning rays of the sun’. It sure is a new beginning for us.”
|Nandita Das with Vihaan|
What’s also new is that the actress has switched off from the world to concentrate all her energies on her son. Even close friends like Rituparno Ghosh, Shabana Azmi and Deepa Mehta are finding it difficult to get in touch with her.
Not discounting the importance of her friends, she says, “I am enjoying this experience of having the little one around, whose cries and smiles mean the world to me.
Though much of my time goes in feeding, changing nappies and trying to get some sleep. It is wonderful to keep the phone on eternal silence and e-mails on auto-reply! I have never been so grounded.”
Adds Nandita, laughing, “I met my husband on August 11, 2009, Vihaan was born on August 11, 2010! The date will surely be the most important one in our lives.” How adorable!
Karan Johar’s surprised sparks didn’t fly between Kajol and Kareena on the sets of his new film
Mark Manuel | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 3, 2010)
This is Karan Johar’s big day. His film, We Are Family — the third Dharma Productions release this year after My Name Is Khan and I Hate Luv Storys — opens to an audience whose appetite and curiosity has already been whetted and stirred respectively by its endearing promos. Bollywood hasn’t had a quintessential family film in a long while. And, to my mind, the anticipation of what might happen at the boxoffice to this film directed by Siddharth Malhotra ought to have reduced Karan to a nervous state. Not so. I found him sipping, well, coffee in his Khar office, relaxed and happy one evening earlier this week. “The final marketing of a film is the film itself — word of mouth,” he said, “and I believe in this product, I think it has legs, though few films last beyond their opening weekend nowadays, they don’t have staying power, they lack longevity.”
His confidence is based on his super star cast, led by that great actress Kajol and supported by the lovely Kareena Kapoor and hunky Arjun Rampal. “If Kajol had not done We Are Family, I wouldn’t have made it,” Karan declared. “The mother’s role is the fulcrum in the film — the pillar, she’s got shades of white and grey, there is an undertone of jealousy and envy in her. Only an actress with a high emotional quotient could have played the role without alienating the audience. And I knew, a takkar ka actress like Kareena would be required to combat Kajol. Two powerhouse actresses make great celluloid conflict. Though I feel terrible to say, on the sets they got on like a house on fire, there was no fight between them, they had such fun. They became one big A- Team. I’ve never seen two women get on so well. I think they took the title too seriously!”
He gives Arjun full marks as well. “Full credit,” admitted Karan, “he not only found his bearings on the set, he held his own. Arjun has that body language of a parent. Kajol and he are so good with kids, it comes organically to them, this is not acting… it’s not artificial or synthetic, it’s in their DNA.” He didn’t say it, but it struck me that even Kareena was playing a role that she is not unaccustomed to in real life as, umnn, stepmom to Saif Ali Khan’s children Sarah and Ibrahim. Karan shrugged at the coincidence, “Kareena’s given perhaps the most dignified performance of her career. The film is open to the audience’s opinions and thoughts, of course, but there is no question about any of the performances.”
Having said that, the filmmaker in him couldn’t resist sharing thoughts on We Are Family with me. “It’s a progressive film that needed to be handled with a lot of care,” explained Karan. “There’s an ex-wife, the current girlfriend, and kids… I have friends in the same situation, and I know how awkward it is for them, in fact they suggested I hold a show specially for them! But, yes, it was tough making this film because we are in denial of infidelity — it happens but we don’t want to see it, and I had to maintain the traditional ethos of our culture. However, there isn’t one squirmy moment. My friends said, ‘Wish we could do this in our lives’.” He himself, wept like a baby when he first saw the film. I asked why he made it, then! And Karan Johar replied, “Because I don’t know what else to do. Where else can you cry, sing and dance and yet be at work!”
Lets one get one thing straight-We Are Family isn’t a ‘copy’ of or ‘lifted’ from Stepmom as is believed by some. It’s an ‘official adaptation’ of the Hollywood flick and due credit is given to its writers as well. With a brilliant plot in one hand and powerhouse actors on the other, the makers could have easily come up with a classic. However, We Are Family suffers from the same problem that some recent films helmed by debutant directors faced-an execution which just isn’t upto the mark. Inspite of it, the film has its moments and also the wonderful performance make it worth watching!
The story of the movie: Although Maya (Kajol) and Aman (Arjun Rampal) are divorced, they are still on good terms. They have 3 children – Aliya (Aanchal Munjhal), Ankush (Nominath Ginsburg) and Anjali (Diya Sonecha) who live with Maya. She’s the perfect mother and wonderfully takes care of them and adheres to their needs. Aman, too, catches up with them regularly. However, he has moved on and has a girlfriend Shreya (Kareena Kapoor). On Anjali’s birthday, he introduces Shreya to Maya and their children who develop an immediate dislike for her. Aliya is angry and feels that Shreya will ‘rob’ her daddy from them and they both will marry. Whenever Shreya tries to be friendly with the kids and strike a chord, something unexpected happens which leads to the kids hating her more! However, one day Maya discovers a very bitter truth and realizes that Shreya needs to be made a part of their family. Will that be possible? Will the kids able to love Shreya as they love Maya? Can 2 mothers make a home?
Let’s talk about the plusses first. The casting is just perfect! Every actor does total justice to his/her role. Storyline is unusual but works well. There were doubts that such kind of plot will not be accepted by Indian audiences. Not true! A story like this one is made for Indian audiences even though it’s little unorthodox. Moreover, some scenes are very well treated and instantly touch the hearts. Especially the climax which takes the film to a high!
However, on the flipside, as mentioned above, the direction isn’t topnotch. The plot needed to be more sensitively treated which unfortunately doesn’t happen. The director should have given more time to the characters to develop, mature and bond with each other even if that would have increased the duration of the film (which was anyways just 2 hours). Also, some scenes just don’t make any sense. For instance, Kajol’s outburst on Kareena when she had prepared peanut cookies was too exaggerated. It seemed like an unnecessary attempt by the director to add some drama and conflict in the film to spice up the proceedings! Wish if the flaws were taken care of, what a film We Are Family would have been!
The two actresses-Kajol and Kareena Kapoor-rock the show! Kajol was terrific to say the least! She gets better in the later portions of the film wherein she has a pale look. One of the reasons why you’ll get teary-eyed in the end is because of Kajol and her brilliant performance! Kareena Kapoor also manages to hold a strong position throughout the film. I was skeptical whether she’ll be able to play a convincing ‘stepmom’ considering she has never done even remotely similar. But surprisingly, she comes out with flying colours and was in fact perfect for this role! Another brilliant performance from a terrific actress!
Arjun Rampal also does a great job but somehow his performance doesn’t satisfy. Maybe because he had delivered the best work of his career in his last film (Raajneeti) that is still lingering in our minds. Or maybe because the scene here is dominated by the two ladies and in many scenes he’s just relegated to the background! Overall a fine attempt though! As for the kids, the youngest one, Diya Sonecha stands out because of her cuteness. Aanchal Munjhal shines in several scenes while Nominath Ginsburg don’t get much scope.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music was strictly okay and this is easily their weakest attempt at composing. 2 songs which stand out are-Dil Khol Ke Let’s Rock and Reham O Karam. Raju Singh’s background made an impact in certain scenes. Cinematographer Mohanan captures the locales of Australia wonderfully. Costumes, especially those of Kareena Kapoor (Manish Malhotra) were too good and Kareena as usual was looking stunning! Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogues made a mark at several points. Story (by Gigi Levangie who wrote Stepmom) was no doubt brilliant. The adapated screenplay (Venita Coelho) could have been better and fails to match up to the script of the original.
Finally, Siddharth P Malhotra’s direction wasn’t up to the mark. He has handled several scenes with utmost sensitivity but overall he was just okay. If Karan Johar had helmed this film, We Are Family would have been as brilliant and exciting as say Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham or Kal Ho Naa Ho! Hope Siddharth comes up better prepared when he directs his next!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The first scene
2. Anjali’s birthday party
3. Shreya takes care of the kids for a day
4. Maya stumbles upon the bitter truth
5. The intermission point
6. Maya realizes that Shreya can be a nice stepmom
7. Maya hospitalized
8. Maya gifts each child one by one (watch out for Kajol here!)
9. The climax
On the whole, a film like We Are Family needed an expert direction which Siddharth P Malhotra fails to do. And that’s what goes against the film which is otherwise well shot, well written and well performed. Notwithstanding the flaws, it is still worth watching for Kajol, Kareena and its theme!
My rating-*** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, August 31, 2010 – 17:10 IST
Okay, WE ARE FAMILY is the official adaptation of Chris Columbus’ STEPMOM  and lots of us have already watched this Julia Roberts – Susan Sarandon starrer. Even otherwise, the story of a woman, diagnosed with a terminal illness, entrusting her kids to the ‘other woman’ before she does the final salute, gives the feeling of deja vu. But WE ARE FAMILY is not a tear-jerker. Sure, it has dollops of emotions, but also integrates the light moments wonderfully in those 12 reels.
In the good old days, in the 1960s and 1970s specifically, well-made family films struck an instant chord with viewers across the spectrum. But with the changing times, the quantum of well-made socials made a rapid decline. WE ARE FAMILY belongs to the Rajshri gharaana and tells the story of a family facing two life-changing developments: The woman of the house is diagnosed with a terminal illness and two, there’s a stepmom on the scene. A difficult subject to handle, without doubt.
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But debutant director Siddharth P. Malhotra surprises you constantly. Casting the best available talent for two pivotal parts and doing complete justice to their roles is tough. Very tough. But the ease with which he handles the tense moments between the women and also the emotional finale shows he has learnt his lessons well from his peers.
Final word? WE ARE FAMILY is for the family. It is well acted, deftly written, entertaining and broadly appealing drama. Watch it with someone you love!
Maya [Kajol] is the perfect mother. Her life revolves around her three children, Aleya [Aanchal Munjal], Ankush [Nominath Ginsberg] and Anjali [Diya Sonecha]. Despite being divorced from her husband Aman [Arjun Rampal], Maya has ensured that everything runs smoothly in her house, under her watch, and that they continue to remain a happy family unit.
When Aman introduces his girlfriend, Shreya [Kareena Kapoor], a career-oriented woman, the situation takes an unexpected turn. However, Maya is diagnosed with a terminal illness and circumstances bring the two women under the same roof. Can two mothers make a home?
With a plot like this, you expect WE ARE FAMILY to be an out-and-out serious outing. However, the film has its serious moments, but the director ensures that it doesn’t come across as a gloomy and serious fare. In fact, the generous dose of light moments in the narrative keeps the drama fluid. There’s an inherent sensitivity that the director brings in, which keeps you involved for most parts.
On the flip side, the film tends to stagnate in the middle of the second hour. One expects the story to move forward, but there’s not much movement here [thankfully, the film picks up wonderfully towards the penultimate reels]. Also, the music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is a complete letdown. You feel it all the more because Dharma is synonymous with excellent music. The only redeeming track in the enterprise is ‘Let’s Rock’, which is high on energy. S-E-L need to reinvent themselves by experimenting a little more.
Director Siddharth P. Malhotra handles the dramatic portions best. The tense moments between Kajol and Kareena, the confrontation between the two and also the cold stares that they exchange time and again have been captured very well. The gradual transformation in Kajol’s looks, from striking and energetic to pale and morose, is also well projected. The finale is the best part of the enterprise and can be best described in one word: Outstanding. However, like I pointed out earlier, the writing could’ve been tighter towards the second hour.
Mohanan’s cinematography is eye-catching and the locales of Australia only enhance the look of the film. Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogue are decent at places, but a few lines are amazingly real. The background score [Raju Singh] is first-rate.
WE ARE FAMILY gives the two popular actresses an opportunity to sink their teeth into strongly drawn, juicy, challenging and interesting female roles that move beyond the normal stereotypes. The scene stealer is, without doubt, Kajol. She expresses the gamut of emotions brilliantly and speaks a million words even when silent. This is yet another incredible performance from an actor par excellence. Kareena excels yet again and her sequences with the kids are a delight. In fact, casting Kareena as the stepmom is just right, since she’s the only actor who can stand up to Kajol in high-voltage scenes and that’s because Kareena is a powerful actor herself. Arjun continues to surprise. ROCK ON, HOUSE FULL, RAAJNEETI and now WE ARE FAMILY indicates the growth of this actor. He handles the emotional moments well too. The kids – all three of them – are superb. In fact, the casting of the kids [done by Shanoo Sharma] is an ace.
On the whole, WE ARE FAMILY is a perfect family film with a good mix of emotions and humour. Plus, a brilliant climax, which will ensure that the film grows with a strong word of mouth. The last film which came close to being a family outing was PAA. Before that, the only quintessential family film was BAGHBAN. WE ARE FAMILY is the kind of film that should work instantly with ladies and when ladies watch such films, they bring their spouses and children along. Recommended!
Karan Johar lays out red carpet for great big television family
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 30, 2010)
Some of his peers may think that the saas-bahu soap operas that dominate Indian homes every evening are low-brow. But Karan Johar begs to differ. The master filmmaker has organised a special screening of his Kajol-Kareena Kapoor-Arjun Rampal flick We Are Family, that is releasing worldwide on September 2, for the best known saas’ (mothers-in-law) and the cattiest bahus (daughters-in-law) of the television fraternity.
And Karan is very clear about his motives for this exercise. Says he, “Television is the one medium that has in the recent past managed to tap the ‘family’ genre very effectively. For over a decade, the saas-bahu serials on prime time television have had the nation hooked. I have seen my own mother drop everything to watch her favourite family sagas. And, when Siddharth P Malhotra and I decided to make We Are Family, a film that revolves around a very unusual family situation, we decided that we should get the members from the most watched saas-bahu serials and hear what they think about our film. I also feel that the synergy between the big Indian television fraternity and the Indian film family can put things in the right perspective for us.’’
Karan adds, “Everyone knows that WAF is adapted from the 1998-Hollywood film Step-Mom. But WAF is more than just an adaptation. We have ‘Indianised’ the script to suit our palate; and I’m very sure that the film will resonate with Indians across the globe.’’ Looking back on family films in India, Karan recalls how this genre dominated the 90s and found huge success. His own banner Dharma Productions produced super-hit family entertainers like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham; and while family values and sentiments have been at the core of many of his productions, WAF he feels, will supersede most other films when it comes to dealing with family emotions. “The family is at the centre of everything we do. Our angst, emotions, sense of responsibility — all of it comes from our deep-rooted desire to be part of a family. As a country, we are dominated by the joint family system and therefore, there is a deep resonance for anything connected to this subject. My own take as far as this genre goes is that you can never go wrong with family films, if you don’t manipulate and just hit the right emotional connect.’’
About to have her second child, Kajol says the highs and lows of being a mum have made her a patient person
Embracing motherhood usually means braving experiences and challenges. But before a woman takes on her new role as a parent, it is the pregnancy that transforms her in more ways than she can explain. Kajol, who is pregnant the second time round, agrees completely.
“When I first found out I was pregnant, I was very scared and nervous and I wasn’t sure whether it would go through or not. It altered my self-perception completely. You become the centre of your own world and everything else around you becomes a blur,” Kajol says.
One always has an image of a mother, based on the social and cultural definitions. While it seems like an overwhelming role, it’s difficult to associate with it initially. Kajol faced a similar dilemma, “I’ve always thought that pregnant women were like goddesses. And in that perspective, I couldn’t picture myself as a goddess.”
The Emotional Rollercoster
Eventually you begin to accept the role, but it’s just the beginning of the journey. One that is packed with insecurities, anxieties and uncertainties. “You think twice about everything. Even with simple things like taking a walk, I would wonder if it would harm my baby or hurt me in any way. Every third day I’d call the doctor to check if I’m doing it right. You’re frightened to do anything and I learnt how to deal with that fear. The power of your mind is just amazing,” explains Kajol.
Every phase of pregnancy offers a new emotion and thrill. Kajol experienced the entire gamut. “My husband, sister and mother saw me through this transition and were rooting for me. As the days pass, you slowly pass from being insecure to scared to little more confident to more confident and then you’re sailing and then you’re about to pop it and then again you don’t know what you’re doing all over again. It’s like being re-born and growing up again,” she says with a smile.
Like every journey makes you the person you become, Kajol credits her pregnancy for having made her the woman she is today. “My journey helped me reflect and discover that my temper was much worse than I thought it was (laughs). When you have a baby, you feel that you have channelled your energy into something constructive. That gives you immense satisfaction,” she says.
About to begin her second innings as a mother, Kajol feels more confident and believes that every time is a new experience. “I feel much healthier mentally than I did earlier. Also, I can anticipate things with pleasure instead of dread. This time, I learnt that I am definitely a goddess for sure! (when I am pregnant, at least),” she laughs.
For mothers-to-be, Kajol has a final tip, “Every other mother may seem more in control than you. But at the end of the day, everyone is in the same boat. So you’re not the only one to have doubts, to be scared witless and feel insecure. So go ahead and have this amazing experience that god has gifted you with and experience it fully.”