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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!
Television actress Sangeeta Ghosh, who became a household name as Pammi of Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand, is back on the small screen after a sabbatical that lasted three years.
“I’d been working for the last 20 years – I started off as a child actor and then came a stage when I just needed a break. During that period I did get offers for many reality shows, but I was not mentally prepared to let myself be judged. I had seen the pressure that contestants go through while I was hosting Nach Baliye.”
But Sangeeta finally agreed to be one of the contestants on the upcoming dance reality show Zara Nach Ke Dikha Season 2. “I never thought I would return with a reality show like Zara Nach Ke Dikha. But I used to watch a lot of television during my break and I loved this show. So when the offer came, I agreed to do it.”
As for her aborted Bollywood bid, Dharmesh Darshan’s unreleased film Bhanwara, Sangeeta says, “I don’t regret it and I never hide the fact that I did that film. We worked very hard on it, but beyond a point what can I do about it? I could have either sulked or moved on.”
But what made her take a break from the limelight when she was at the prime of her career on television? “I was never insecure and I don’t I regret leaving the industry when I did. I am very happy and content with my life, and that’s the most important thing. And I’m glad to be back now. Although everything is the same – the studios, the lights and the work – the only thing that has changed is that it is more hectic. I guess I’ll have to get used to it.”
On Monday afternoon, Shraddha Nigam and Karan Singh Grover filed their divorce papers in the family court in Bandra in the presence of their respective lawyers.
Confirming the news, Shraddha says, “Yes, we have decided to end our marriage. We filed for divorce on Monday. The law will now take its course. It was my call to file for a legal separation. But it wasn’t a hasty decision; I took my time to think about it. It was a very tough decision to take, no doubt.”
Shraddha and Karan were married for a year.
Although the actress refuses to talk about the reason for the split, buzz is that Karan cheated on her. He was rumoured to be passionately involved with choreographer Nicole, whom he met on the reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.
She says, “That is one thing I don’t want to talk about. When you are married, your lives are one. When you are not, toh ab kya bolna? Besides, the matter is subjudice.”
Apparently, she had moral support from her industry friends, Hussain and Tina Kuwajerwala, Juhi Parmar and Maninee De in her dark hour.
When we tell Shraddha that Karan was spotted working out with Nicolle at a popular gym in Bandra a few days ago, she retorts, “What am I supposed to say about that?”
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Shraddha, who had taken a sabbatical from acting and was content to play business manager to her husband, says that Karan did not stop her from acting. “Well, Karan didn’t stop me from facing the camera and I didn’t frequent his sets either,” she says curtly.
She talked about her plans to return to the small screen, saying, “I am toying with the idea of doing a chat show. I am also excited about another big project. I want to do a lot of work now.”
Although the split has been bitter, the actress has not become wary of men. She does not rule out the possibility of falling in love with a guy from any fraternity, including the glamour industry. She emphatically says, “My marriage was an experience which should not have happened. I will not deny that the initial days were beautiful. But I have put it all behind me. At the end of every dark tunnel, there is light. I might fall in love again.”
We couldn’t help but ask her about gyrating with cricketer Sreesanth on New Year’s Eve in Goa, as reported on some channels. “I got married in Goa in 2008. That was the last time I went there and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go there again,” she shot back.