Friday, September 10, 2010

We Are Family

We Are Family is a Hindi film directed by Siddharth Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar. The project features actors Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in the lead roles, and is a remake of the 1998 film Stepmom. It released worldwide on September 3, 2010, and a day before in India and UAE.

Maya (Kajol) is a perfect mother. Her life revolves around her three children, Aleya (Aanchal Munjal), Ankush (Nominath Ginsburg), and Anjali (Diya Sonecha). Despite being divorced from her husband, Aman (Arjun Rampal), Maya has ensured that everything runs smoothly in her house and that they continue to remain a happy family unit. However, when Aman introduces his girlfriend, Shreya (Kareena Kapoor) a career oriented woman, who has a lot to learn about children, to the family, the situation immediately takes an unexpected turn.

When Shreya comes with Aman to Anjali's birthday party, she accidentally drops Anjali's cake - this causes the kids to perceive Shreya as a witch. The next day, Aman tells Shreya to babysit the three kids at his house because Maya is out of town. At a fashion show Anjali helps Shreya with the outfit. When Shreya goes to get ice cream for the kids, Aleya tells Anjali and Ankush that she is using them so she can take their dad away; soon after Anjali goes missing. At the police station, Shreya and the kids see Maya and Aman, and Shreya is told by Aman that she cannot go near the children unless she has Maya's permission.

Several days later, Maya finds out that she has cancer and tells Aman - this prompts him to move back in with the family. However, when Maya tells the kids that she has cancer, Aleya retaliates by going to one of her friend's party with an older boy. After a few days later Maya tells Shreya that she has cancer. Shreya agrees to move in and leaves her career as a fashion designer. In the following days, all three kids develop an attachment towards Shreya. But when Maya and Shreya have a fight Aman tells Maya that they should not be competing with each other. At the same time Maya faints and ends up in the hospital and the doctor tells her that in a few days she will die. Shreya has to take care of the kids while Aman is with Maya at the hospital. Maya comes home for Diwali and all the kids make a special event for her. When they take a photo, Maya tells Shreya that she is now family. Ten years later we see Aleya getting married and Shreya gives her a bracelet which belonged to Maya. Aleya wishes that her mother was there. In the end, Shreya looks at the stars and remembers what Maya said to her.

Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Peepli (Live)

Peepli Live is a Hindi film written and directed by Anusha Rizvi in her first directorial venture, and produced by Aamir Khan. The film stars Naya Theatre company member Omkar Das Manikpuri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa and Malaika Shenoy along with a number of newcomers. Peepli Live, distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, was released on 13 August 2010.

A comic satire on farmers' suicides and subsequent media and political response, Peepli Live competed in the Sundance Film Festival, the first film from India to achieve this feat. It received an 'A' adult certificate in India for language use. The movie was picked up by specialty German distribution company Rapid Eye Movies for a special screening at the Berlin International Film Festival. Peepli Live has reportedly recovered its cost before its release itself.

Source: Wikipedia