We Are Family (film)

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We Are Family
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Siddharth Malhotra
Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Written by Gigi Levangie Grazer
Venita Coelho
Starring Kajol
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Arjun Rampal
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Mohanan
Edited by Deepa Bhatia
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 3 September 2010 (2010-09-03)
Running time
115 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

We Are Family is a 2010 Indian drama film directed by Siddharth Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar.[1] The movie features Arjun Rampal, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor Khan in the lead roles, and is an official remake of the 1998 film Stepmom.[1] It released worldwide on 3 September 2010, and a day before in India and UAE.[2]


Maya (Kajol) is a perfect mother whose life revolves around her three children, Aleya (Aanchal Munjal), Ankush (Nominath Ginsburg), and Anjali (Diya Sonecha). Despite being divorced from Aman (Arjun Rampal), Maya has ensured that everything runs smoothly in her house and that they continue to remain a happy family unit. However, things take an unexpected turn when Shreya Arora (Kareena Kapoor Khan)—a career-oriented fashion designer with a lot to learn about children—joins the family.

When Aman introduces his girlfriend Shreya at Anjali's birthday party, she accidentally drops Anjali's birthday cake, which leads the children to perceive Shreya as evil. The next day, Aman tells Shreya to babysit the three kids at his house because Maya is out of town when in truth she is secretly having an examination in a hospital. At a fashion show, a wrong-sized dress for Shreya's model turns up with a chance of disqualification, Anjali helps Shreya with the outfit with a piece of her doll's clothing. When Shreya goes to get ice cream for the children, Aleya tells her siblings that she is using them so she can take their father away; soon after, Anjali goes missing. At the police station, Anjali is found and Aman tells Shreya that she cannot go near the children without Maya's permission.

Several days later, Maya finds out that she has cervical cancer and tells Aman, which prompts him to move back in with the family. However, when Maya tells their children that she has cancer, Aleya retaliates by going to a friend's party with an older boy. After a few days, Maya tells Shreya that she has cancer, who then agrees to move in and leave her career as a fashion designer. In the following days, the children develop an attachment towards Shreya but when Maya and Shreya have a fight, it is revealed that Shreya was an orphan since she was six months old. After the argument, Aman tells Maya that they should not be competing with each other for the children's love and respect. Maya faints and is then brought to hospital, where the doctor tells her that she has only few days left to live. Shreya decides to take care of the children while Aman tends to Maya.

When Shreya and the children go to visit Maya at the hospital, the two women have a private conversation. Shreya finally admits that the children still need her. Maya bequeaths guardianship of the children to Shreya, and she confesses a mistake of hers which almost killed Anjali when the latter was three. Maya explains to Shreya that not every mother is perfect but that she needs to keep trying. Maya tells Aman she wants to return home for Diwali as a last chance to see her house before she dies. During the festival, the children hold a special event for her, replaying the memories they had together. When they take a family photograph, Maya asks Shreya to join them as she is now family. The last scene is set ten years later during Aleya's wedding, where Shreya gives her a bracelet which had belonged to Maya. Shreya tells Aleya that she is the most beautiful bride in the world. During the seven turns around the fire , Shreya looks behind and faces the sky remembering Maya saying that she has their yesterday and Shreya has her tomorrow.



Karan Johar decided to adapt Stepmom for the Indian audience. Although he initially intended to buy the rights to the film, he eventually opted to co-produce it with Sony Pictures.[3]

The film was shot in Sydney, Australia[4] and Mumbai from November 2009 to April 2010. According to Siddharth Malhotra, several scenes involving racial prejudice against the children were cut to avoid the appearance of using the controversy over violence against Indians in Australia to promote the film.[5]

The film marks the debut of breakout American Bollywood extra Christie Campbell, whose role as a distracted audience member lent comedic delight to audiences everywhere. Campbell has since gone on to a successful career as a cake decorator in her home town of Buffalo, NY.


We Are Family
Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Released 2 August 2010 (2010-08-02)[6]
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 26:22
Label Sony Music
Producer Karan Johar
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
We Are Family
Patiala House

The album has six original songs composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics by Irshad Kamil and Anvita Dutt Guptan, including a tribute to Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock".[7]

  1. Ankhon Mein Neendein - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Shreya Ghoshal (5:02)
  2. Dil Khol Ke Let's Rock - Anushka Manchanda, Akriti Kakkar & Suraj Jagan (03:57)
  3. Reham O Karam - Vishal Dadlani & Shankar Mahadevan (05:47)
  4. Hamesha & Forever - Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal (04:51)
  5. Sun Le Dua Yeh Aasmaan (Theme Slow Version) - Bela Shende (03:53)
  6. We Are Family (Theme) - (02:48)


Critical response[edit]

Upon release, the film received mixed reviews from critics. Khalid Mohamed of Passion For Cinema gave the film 1 out of 5 stars and said, "Here’s one Family you’d hate to see move in next-door. Don’t answer the doorbell please".[8] IANS rated the film 4 out of 5 saying, "We Are Family" is equally appealing from the outside and at the heart".[9] Mayank Shekhar of The Hindustan Times gave the film two stars and stated, "Filmmakers hope you’ll hear the lady behind you go, sob sob sob… Hmmm".[10] Mathures Paul of The Statesman gave the film 2 out of 5 stating, "If it’s possible to produce a sanguine tragedy from a magician’s hat, this is it. But unlike Stepmom, it’s not squelchy, very one-sided (that would be Kajol and more Kajol), riddled with clichéd dialogues, somewhat melodramatic and has trauma skillfully repackaged for urban sensibilities."[11] Komal Nahta of Koimoi gave the film 1.5 out of 5 saying, "We Are Family will fail to make a mark at the box-office."[12] Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave the film 3 out of five and said, "Kajol and Kareena provide heart and soul to a predictable script. Venita Coelho's adapted screenplay lacks the verve of the original, Stepmom."[13] Preeti Arora of Rediff gave the film 1 star stating, "We Are Family begins on a note of confusion. As the film progresses, the sense of confusion increases leaving the viewer disoriented. At the end of two hours, debut director Sidharth Malhotra's film -- which is intended to be a sob story -- did leave the audience in tears".[14]

Box office performance[edit]

The film grossed about 27 million on opening day and collected a total of 205 million at the end of its second week. At the end of its theatrical run, it grossed 220 million and was eventually declared an average grosser.[15] We Are Family also performed well overseas, particularly in the UK.


Kapoor won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 56th Filmfare Awards.


  1. ^ a b Bollywood Hungama News Network (19 June 2010). "Karan Johar's Stepmom remake titled as We Are Family". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Adarsh, Taran (28 July 2010). "Clash averted: We Are Family to arrive a week before Dabangg". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Arjun Rampal & Karan Johar talk about their new film 'We Are Family' BBC Asian Network. 4 September 2010.
  4. ^ "News By Industry". The Times of India. 28 October 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/Racist-scenes-from-We-Are-Family-deleted/Article1-591132.aspx
  6. ^ "Tere Bin Laden: Soundtrack listing and details". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Times News Network (6 August 2010). "Arjun rocks it the Elvis style". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "We Are Family Movie Review: STOPmom". 
  9. ^ "'We Are Family':Movie Review". WorldSnap. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "We Are Family Review". 
  11. ^ "Kajol to the rescue". 
  12. ^ "Komal Nahta's Review: We Are Family". 
  13. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (1 September 2010). "We Are Family". The Times of India. 
  14. ^ "We Are Family is no Stepmom". 
  15. ^ "Dabangg Dominates We Are Family Drops". Boxofficeindia.com. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 

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