September 1, 2010 06:52:36 PM IST Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
So finally it has happened, that is we have officially acknowledged that we get inspired from Hollywood movies and adapt them into the Indian milieu. WE ARE FAMILY therefore is a film that is going to create history for nothing else but for the fact that film makers have sought official permission from the original filmmaker to adapt the story line for Indian audience. WE ARE FAMILY is adaption from super successful movie of late eighties STEPMOM wherein Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts had played the role of a life time. Karan Johar needs to be applauded for the monumental step that he has taken while making WE ARE FAMILY. He had the option to be smug and brazen and copy the content, as it is the wont of Hindi cinema, and blissfully become smug about the fact that such kind of film existed in the past from which he has been inspired. But by doing what he has done, Karan Johar has paved the way for more number of Hollywood studios to enter into agreement with Indian film makers and allow them the usage of content, suited to Indian sensibilities backed by the technical prowess of Hollywood studios.
Hollywood studios had been battling with this monster for quite a long time and though it had entered into various tie-ups to produce films in India, it still was not comfortable about the fact that the content line was being copied with impunity, though they had a veritable presence in India.
Now things should change, but what has to be kept in mind is the fact that the content of Hollywood films is mostly attuned to the western sensibilities with which an average Indian cine-goer may not identify. So the choice of content has to be done with abundant caution.
Coming to WE ARE FAMILY, Hindi cinema has flirted with this theme for quite a long time, where an elder sister, if she has been afflicted with an illness has allowed his husband to marry somebody else, so the subject may not have the novelty. So what, it has Kajol at her fiery best and complementing her in same proportions is Kareena Kapoor, so sparks are indeed going to fly on the screen when the film hits cinema halls on 2nd September. For Kareena Kapoor the real test would be to garner the sympathy from the audience as Kajol has an author backed role, but Kareena being Kareena, it indeed would be a treat to watch out for. So be ready to see sparks fly after a long- long time between the two leading ladies where Arjun Rampal may not have much to do, though it his solo film after a really long time. Even then, he also would be a part of history.