By Saurin Parikh (Review Catalogue)
I have no complaints from We Are Family.
I didn’t expect to be writing that, I didn’t expect We Are Family to be any good. I didn’t expect it to be a good adaption of Stepmom; I didn’t expect it to maybe even be better. But on all counts, We Are Family has risen above expectations.
Director Siddharth P Malhotra and producer Karan Johar deserve full marks for reigning in the drama. You associate Johar’s movie with intense melodrama, thankfully We Are Family is handled maturely enough and doesn’t go overboard. There are no unnecessary sequences where everyone is bawling their eyes out; there are tears, of course, but only as much as required. The story has been adapted very well; it’s been given an Indian touch that works really well. Plus, there’s a twist in between, there’s a change at the crux of the story which makes going into the second half even more interesting. Effectively, what you get is a very watchable and enjoyable movie.
One of the better things about We Are Family is the performances. Kajol (as Maya, the ex-wife and mother of three kids) and Kareena (as Shreya, the girlfriend of the kids’ father and their future stepmom) are expected to give in their best. And both of them do. Arjun Rampal (as Aman, the divorced father) holds his own as well. So do the three kids, they’re all the sweet, nice children that we’ve seen in Bollywood movies before. But nothing wrong with that, these are the kind of kids that we want to watch on the big screen and they’re cast well in We Are Family. Kajol and Kareena hold the fort, while the others rally around them very well. By the by, the Jailhouse Rock song sequence is easily one of the movie’s finest.
We Are Family is concise; it runs for around two hours, which is just about right. The movie doesn’t stretch, nor does it bore. It entertains, makes you smile as well as choke back tears. As far as family dramas are concerned, We Are Family is right up there. Should you go for it? Definitely.
Rating: I think I’ll be bold and give it 4 stars out of 5.