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Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999)

The trials and challenges of a joint family in India, whose parents are Ramkishen and second wife Mamta, and have three sons and a married daughter. The eldest son is handicapped since ... See full summary »

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Vinod
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Sadhana
Sonali Bendre ...
Preeti
Mohnish Bahl ...
Vivek
Mahesh Thakur ...
Anand
Neelam ...
Sangeeta
Alok Nath ...
Ramkishen (as Aloknath)
Satish Shah ...
Pritam
Sadashiv Amrapurkar ...
Dharamraj
Rajeev Verma ...
Mr. Adarsh (as Rajiv Verma)
Shakti Kapoor ...
Anwar
Ajit Vachani ...
Vakil (as Ajit Vachhani)
Dilip Dhawan ...
Anurag
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The trials and challenges of a joint family in India, whose parents are Ramkishen and second wife Mamta, and have three sons and a married daughter. The eldest son is handicapped since birth, and is from Ramkishen's first wife. Mamta, the second wife, hates him, and like Kaikeyi in Ramayana wants the estate and wealth in her sons' names. She and her daughter's father-in-law, scheme together, and have the eldest son, including his wife and child, thrown out of the house. Mamta and her sons are all set to control the finances and the estate - until she finds out that her very own sons do not approve of nor support her actions in throwing their step-brother out of the house. Written by Sonia (carrie@calista.com)

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£110,026 (UK) (5 November 1999)

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$2,005,094 (USA) (24 December 1999)
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Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya had parted ways from each other for some years after the film's release because of Salman Khan's Black Buck hunting incident on the film location which had annoyed the entire Rajshri team. See more »

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During the song "Sunoji Dulhan", the part in Vinod and Sapna parody Anand and Sangeeta, Sapna asks in singing, "Tell me, how is my Sari?". Here Sapna is not wearing a sari. See more »

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In the beginning, the six main characters (Saif Ali Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Salman Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu, and Mohnish Behl) are seen in suits and elaborate dresses lip-syncing to the title song while dancing as their three respective couples. See more »

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Referenced in Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002) See more »

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Written by Shashank Banerji
Composed by Vijay Patil (as Raamlakshman)
Performed by Hariharan, Hema Sardesai, Shankar Mahadevan, Udit Narayan and Saif Ali Khan
Courtesy of Saregama HMV
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Big Hit 1999
9 September 2008 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

Rajshri continued to produced wonderful and memorable flicks like Tapasya (1976 Dir. Anil Ganguly), Chit Chor (1976 Dir. Basu Chatterjee), Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978 Dir. Hiren Nag), Sunayana (1979 Dir. Hiren Nag), Humkadam(1980 Dir. Anil Ganguly), Naiyya (1980 Dir. Prashant Nanda), Saaransh(1984 Dir. Mahesh Bhatt) & Abodh (1984 Dir. Hiren Nag).

Most of these films presently now have more weaknesses then strengths. But at the time of their release, and when I viewed them during the 1980's, these films were very different in style and tone from the rest of conventional Hindi cinema. It is these films that help inspire forthcoming filmmakers, and innovate the bland Hindi cinema which is predictable and not satisfying.

While most of their production remains quite unknown to many audiences, since their films was mostly consistent of new cast and production crew (making them really experimental at times), their last three production has become the most popular films ever in the history of Indian cinema. The films Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) & Hum Saath - Saath Hain (1999) had broken box-office records around the world. All three movies was directed by Rajshri in-house director Sooraj B. Barjatya.

The films each have a social message which looks at each stage of life....youth/love, love/marriage & family values. While I loved his first two movies, his present one was very disappointing as it falls behind by being too overly melodramatic, which at times become rather ambiguous to the whole setting and nature of the film.

The first half hour feels like a theater production when all the characters enter the stage with their own mannerisms and characteristics. While this part has been handled well, I fail to understand why the need for so many characters. I was totally lost when all the secondary characters just entered the house (without a doorbell?) and made themselves feel too much at home. This creates an unease in the overall flow of the film. Maybe its just me, but I do feel that too much escapism was wrong at the start as it becomes too demanding on our part to make believe.

Rather then break Hindi film conventions, which all Rajshri films have done in nearly all of their releases, Hum Saath - Saath Hain continues the trend set by Hum Aapke Hain Koun of an upper class family having functions, outings, businesses, and a big house. This in my view has been looked upon once too often, and seems rather tiring and predictable. This contrasted with what the director did for his first directorial debut Maine Pyar Kiya which, in 1989, resorted Hindi cinema back to the romantic genre for the 1990's. This helped the romantic genre become a profitable and popular format after one decade of violence and patriotism films.

Planning of shots, art direction and performances are well executed. This shows how the director is very structured in what he wants to be visually shown on screen. But while the visuals are pleasing the overall plot, which is reminiscent of a modern day Ramayan, seems to be rather outdated. It is nice to see togetherness in a family but his concept was way over premising. It kept most of Ramayan philosophy into the plot rather then to fuse/innovate it with modern day influx of westernization which has taken over India with the advent of satellite television and of commercialism of products. Thus the film is not as up to date with today's audience.

Another weakness detected in the film is the poor song score, which is also not in touch with audiences expectations. While the lyrics are very touching and heart warming (especially in the song 'Yeh To Such Hain' which is a dedication to parents), the music doesn't merit the soundtrack to be listened to on its own. Its decent enough while viewing the film, as both are suited as it twins well. However it lacks the soulful melodies heard in present films like Taal (1999). I presume due to the death of one of the music director it has impacted on the working technique once presented in the duo Raam - Lakshman. The background score is however very appropriate as it helps to interact with what the characters feel on screen.

Where there is a negative lies a positive and this film has many. Like I mentioned before all the pr-production work done really shows the creativity the director has for his characters. There are many characters in this film, and for the director to ensure what will each be made of mentally and physically shows very well on screen. He personifies them through their personality, para-language, body language and even hobbies. The excellent art direction by Bijon Das Gupta captured by the wide cinema scope frame of Rajan Kinagi shows all of this creation quite well, and adds marvel viewing.

Also the performance from all the cast, despite the weak plot, is very well handed due to the detail structure of the surround planning by the director. Karisma Kapoor, Aloknath, Tabu, Neelam and Saif Ali Khan displays wonderful moments of character acting, that surpasses most blockbuster stars currently in Indian cinema. Also Salman Khan performance is quite impressive despite having less screen time then most of the major characters. Here his shy charter is played to a tee and certainly contrast with his loud and crass characters in his past films like Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kiya (1998) and Hello Brother (1999).

Despite being harshly criticize by many film critics, and by some audiences, the film became the highest grossing Indian film of the year 1999. The film might be a favorite with family audiences, but for individuals who crave for something new won't find this film satisfying.


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