The Bollywood version of Chris Columbus's Stepmom (1998), Starring Ed Harris, Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts, now played by Arjun Rampal, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor, respectively. Arjun Rampal, a divorcee with a Family of 3 Children, (Aanchal Munjal, Nominath Ginsberg and Diya Sonecha), is in love with Kareena Kapoor, who is his girlfriend. The Children love their Mom and Dad, inspite of their divorce but very naturally hate Kareena who is the "third wheel" in their already disrupted lives.

This is essentially the story of a Doting and Loving Single Mom who is fighting Cervical Cancer and is about to lose her Children. A story which can bring a steady flow of tears to any audience, especially an Indian Audience. This is the kind of stuff "Tissue Boxes" were invented for. The emotionally charged tug-o-war between the 2 Women (Kajol & Kareena) is very well played by both. Kajol is especially brilliant in her role with expressions which would melt the stone- hearted. Kajol, in some ways, plays this role better than her Hollywood counterpart, Susan Sarandon, with much more feeling and emotion.

Kareena also does wonderful job with her role as the hated (to-be) Stepmom who initially cannot grasp the raising of 3 difficult Children but eventually gets the hang of it and does a fantastic job of winning over their love and confidence.

The 3 children are also very cute and play their parts well and Arjun Rampal, who is basically the confused yet "torn" ex-husband/boyfriend does his limited role, convincingly well. The Music is good, even though a Bollywood version of "Jailhouse Rock" is roped into the film, which actually turns out to be quite catchy, when you hear it.

Director Siddharth Malhotra does a good job with his debut film even though it is essentially, as the saying goes "Old Wine in a New Bottle" and Kudos to Karan Johar who has done a clever and fantastic job in producing this emotionally charged family-drama, which will really do well with all segments of our soft-hearted Indian Audience.

All-in-all, a good film for all audiences, especially "All Moms".

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