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Family - Ties of Blood
Reviewer's Summary - Very Amateurish

Language: Hindi
Year: 2006
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Bhumika Chawla, Aryeman, Gulshan Grover
Director: Raj Kumar Santoshi
Producer: Keshu & AB Corp
Story : Shaktimaan
Screenplay: Shridhar Raghavan, Raj Kumar Santoshi
Music: Ram Sampath
Lyrics: Sameer
Dialogs: Rajkumar Santoshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia

The makers of Family should be tarred and feathered. So atrocious is this movie.

The only saving grace of this pitiful film is Akshay Kumar. Unfortunately, director Raj Kumar Santoshi doesn't provide viewers even this solace for long as he bumps off Shekhar Bhatia (Akshay Kumar) soon, setting in motion the agony that follows for both Shekhar's family as well as the audience.

Truly this movie is a disgrace. The kind of film you would expect passionate high school movie buffs to make.

Great directors like Steven Spielberg take unknown faces, wed them to a fine story and - voilà! - the resulting fusion is a fine film like the recently-released Munich. But Raj Kumar Santoshi's unique talent seems to lie in assembling a cast of top stars, cobbling up an effete script, shooting in foreign locales and then dishing out generous dollops of tripe.

Shekhar Bhatia is a cook who loves his family dearly, particularly his wayward younger brother Aryan (Aryeman). When Shekhar is not managing his fast food/catering business or fending off marriage proposals, he is forever extricating Aryan out of one or the other scrapes. Still, he has the time to fall in love with a charming doctor Kavitha (Bhumika Chawla) and gets married to her.

Tragedy comes calling even before the henna on the bride's hands disappears when Shekhar is killed by crime lord Viren Sahi (Amitabh Bachchan) while out looking for his brother Aryan.

An enraged Aryan wants revenge on Viren Sahi. So, he hatches a plot to kidnap Viren Sahi's entire family so as to draw the thug into the open.

The Family is so startlingly unrealistic that director Raj Kumar Santoshi asks viewers to swallow the baloney that a bunch of amateurs can kidnap a top crime boss' entire family without much sweat.

In the Family, Amitabh Bachchan has delivered a sub-par performance. At a meeting of various crime bosses after his family is kidnapped, he looks positively clownish moving about with an expression that's a cross between a smile and a smirk. Amitabh just fails to bring the required passion to his role.

Bhumika Chawla, who delivered a fine performance in the 2003 film Tere Naam, is all right. But the pretty lass just can't dance. Akshay Kumar delivers the goods while Aryeman has squandered a big opportunity.

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