If you think nuclear families are haute, think again. The Bollywood guys are bent upon churning out melodramas stressing on the importance of joint families, in clear contrast to the nuclear ones. After Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Aur Pyar Ho Gaya and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, it is now the turn of Hum Saath Saath Hain. As the title suggests, this movie stresses on the importance of a family's unity. Yet another typical Rajshri production, it has the needed touch of class. The movie has almost the same star cast except for a few non-Rajshri faces like Sonali and Saif.
The story revolves around a family that consists of the goody-good mom and dad (played by Alok Nath and Reema Lagoo), their three sons (played by Mohnish, Salman and Saif) and the only daughter (Neelam). Mohnish is their eldest son followed by Salman and Saif. Karishma is chhote saab's would-be memsaab, while Sonali is Salman's heartthrob. Tabu plays ghar ki bahu, i.e., the wife of the eldest son. Neelam is the fourth child, married to Mahesh Thakur.
The film's story is that of this happy-go-lucky family — a lot love and sentiment binding them together. But a Hindi movie cannot differ from the usual, and before late we have some unwanted elements in the form of a few friends and a would-be samdhi. Trouble follows and leads to a division in the family. Mohnish, the son of Alok Nath's first wife is thrown out, albeit in a decent manner. After a lot of soppy melodrama, the movie concludes on a happy note.
Sooraj Barjatya's direction is predictable, and keeps taking one back to the other Rajshri hits. Salman as mom's darling boy is quite convincing, but one feels that an actor of his caliber is wasted in the role, and so is Karishma. Mohnish Behl dominates the movie and gives a good performance.
Though the performances are good, it is clear that the plot has been compromised upon. The music is average and does not stir souls. Though HAHK and MPK were also family stuff, they had an adequate proportion of romance and sentiment. They also had a strong footing, as far as music is concerned. The music scores of both the films are still a craze.
Since the expectations are very high from this banner, there's every possibility that people may get disappointed. There's nothing 'different' about the movie except for the Rajshri mahaul. If you are still keen on venturing into the theater, go ahead!