The first half of the film is s series of relentless celebrations where the great Indian parivaar keeps assembling for amarriage anniversary, followed by a marriage, an engagement, a honey moon, another engagement, a picnic, antakshari?In short, one big party that threatens to go on and on with Babujis dancing with Mummyjis, bhaijis (Mohnish, Salman, Saif) romancing their respective Jees (Tabu, Sonali, Karishma) and all the other jees-Mamaji, maamiji, bahuraniji, bhabhiji, behenji, chachaji, auntyji, uncleji - joining in the life's-a-ball soiree. But do you mind?
Nah! The color, vibrancy, verve and spectacle of non-stop joy leaves you with no time to even think about banalities like story plot drama and drive. All of which is amply taken care of in the second half of the film, which now becomes the epic re-visited.
Once again, the ace director displays his expertise. This time with heavy drama which follows the familiar pattern of mistrust, exile, Bharat Milap, repentance and return of the rightful heir to the Business Empire. Strong emotions handled with elegance and verve with powerful performances.
Hum Saath Saath Hain is truly a collaborative effort, where all the performers effortlessly blend into a seamless whole to create an exhilarating picture of familial bliss and bonding. Of course, Saif Ali Khan does stand out with his spontaneity and charm, even as Salman Khan seems to be slightly wasted in the first half. Also, Raam Lakshman's musical score does lack the lyricism of Barjatya's earlier films but the colorful choreography more than makes up for it.