We Are Family is a 2010 Indian drama film directed by Siddharth Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar. The movie features Kajol, Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, and is an official remake of the 1998 film Stepmom. It released worldwide on 3 September 2010, and a day before in India and UAE. Upon release, it received positive reviews from critics. In particular Kajol and Kareena Kapoor’s performance were much acclaimed.
Maya (Kajol) is a perfect mother whose life revolves around her three children, Aaliya (Aanchal Munjal), Ankush, and Anjali. Despite being divorced from Aman (Arjun Rampal), Maya has ensured that they remain a happy family unit. However, things take an unexpected turn when Aman’s girlfriend, Shreya Arora (Kareena Kapoor), a career-oriented fashion designer with a lot to learn about children, joins the family.
When Aman introduces Shreya at Anjali’s birthday party, she accidentally drops Anjali’s birthday cake, which leads the children to perceive her as evil. At a fashion show, Anjali helps Shreya with one of the outfits for the models. When Shreya goes to get ice cream for the children, Aaliya tells her siblings that she is using them so she can take their father away, and Anjali goes missing after. At the police station, Anjali is found and Aman tells Shreya that she cannot go near the children without Maya’s permission.
Maya finds out that she has cervical cancer and tells Aman, which prompts him to move back in with the family and leave Shreya. However, he is unable to forget her, which Maya notices. Maya tells their children that she has cancer and Aaliya retaliates by going to a party with an older boy. Maya then tells Shreya that she has cancer, and tells her she wants her to take care of the kids after she’s gone, as they’ll need a mother in their lives. Shreya refuses at first, not believing herself to be the ‘mom type,’ but agrees to move in and leave her career. In the following days, the children develop an attachment towards Shreya but when Maya and Shreya have an argument, it is revealed that Shreya is an orphan. After the argument, Aman tells Maya that they should not be competing with each other for the children’s love. Maya faints and is brought to the hospital, where the doctor tells her that she has only a few days left. 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 admits that the children need their real mother, not her. Maya bequeaths guardianship of the children to Shreya, and confesses a mistake she made that almost killed Anjali. She 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 the 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, as she is now family. The last scene is set ten years later, during Aaliya’s wedding, where Shreya gives her a bracelet that had belonged to Maya.
Kajol as Maya, Aman’s first wife, Aaliya, Ankush and Anjali’s mother
Kareena Kapoor as Shreya Arora, Aman’s girlfriend turned wife, Aaliya, Ankush and Anjali’s step-mother
Arjun Rampal as Aman, Shreya’s husband, Maya’s ex husband, Aaliya, Ankush and Anjali’s father
Aanchal Munjal as Aaliya, Aman and Maya’s eldest daughter, Shreya’s step-daughter
Nominath Ginsberg as Ankush, Aman and Maya’s only son, Shreya’s step-son
Diya Sonecha as Anjali, Aman and Maya’s youngest daughter, Shreya’s step-daughter
Iravati Harshe as Dr. Rati Malhotra, Maya’s doctor
Amrita Prakash as elder Aaliya (cameo)
Ankit Malik as elder Ankush (cameo)
Dingy Vira as elder Anjali (cameo)