Director: Nikhil Advani
Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Talreja, Krishan Kumar, Twinkle Khanna
Banner: People Tree Films Pvt. Ltd., Credence Motion Picture, Hari Om Entertainment
Music Director: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Lyricist: Anvita Dutt Guptan
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Prem Chopra
Release Date: February 11, 2011
Finally, here is a breather for Akshay Kumar for the jinx has somewhat been broken and his acting prowess has outshined his in-your-face slapstick wit in ‘Patiala House’. Don’t believe what we’ve just said? In fact, we didn’t believe it too but then, just as they say, miracles do happen once in a while. Having said that, don’t scale your expectations too high, for ‘Patiala House’ won’t bring the house down, but it sure would make Nikhil Advani and Akshay Kumar puff out a sigh of relief, what with their ‘Chandni Chowk to China’, still punching them right across their face. What goes right for the movie is its old fashioned theme (over-the-top drama, big-time dialogues and emotional outbursts), but the lousy script that goes on and on mars the beauty of the film altogether.
The focal point of ‘Patiala House’ is the conflict between Gattu (Akshay Kumar) and Bauji (Rishi Kapoor). Having been a victim of racial discrimination and the disparagement by the ‘goras’, Bauji passionately hates everything English so much so that his hell-bent abhorrence throttles the dreams and aspirations of the gen-nex of his family. But then wonder why does he put up in London when he can very well go back to India and stay happy? Also, if he is rendering such a behavior, why doesn’t his family stop him? Anyways, coming back to the plot, everything goes as per Bauji’s likes and dislike until the fiery Simran (Anuska) coaxes Gattu and other youngsters of the family to follow their dreams and be what they want to (cricketer, chef, filmmaker, rapper).
‘Patiala House’ would remind you of Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Bend it Like Beckham’, but unlike the latter, it focuses more on family bond, attachment and respect. There is a great emotional heft that forms the crux of the movie, but the writing goes haywire somewhere. The screenplay of ‘Patiala House’ is erratic; engaging one moment, run-of-the-mill the second and then, absolutely flaccid. The flashback, pre-climax and climax scenes do infuse life into the movie, but the moments when the family tries to play various gimmicks and ploys to conceal the truth from Bauji and the romance between Gattu and Simran are lame and bizarre.
As for the performance, Akshay Kumar has done pretty well in ‘Patiala House’, taking into consideration his last three movies were major duds. Thankfully, he has come off his typecast genres and delivered something worthwhile. As for Rishi Kapoor, he is engaging but how are we supposed to blame him when his character is in itself so exhausting? Dimple Kapadia doesn't really get much of a scope, but nevertheless pitches in her best in whatever sequences that she has. Anushka is competent and so is Usman Qureshi. The rest of the actors have come up with a fair deal and managed to pull together a decent act. On the whole, ‘Patiala House’ has performed well, given that it was an underdog all the while till its release. Agreed, you have had too much of Akshay Kumar in the past six months, but this one is definitely sensible amongst the lot.
Last Call: ‘Patiala House’ may not be the best, but it definitely is way above all the mediocre movies released every week. Go for it, for a refreshing Akshay show!
Patiala House Pre-release Review
After giving a highly-credited directorial debut with ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’, Nikhil Advani still has a long way to prove his mettle as a director considering his next flicks ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’ and ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ bombed at the box-office. With the latest dramedy ‘Patiala House’ lined up for release, Nikhil can only keep his fingers crossed to hit bull’s eye this time. Apparently inspired by England cricket team’s first Sikh player Monty Panesar, the movie has been produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Talreja, Krishan Kumar, and Twinkle Khanna under the banners People Tree Films Pvt. Ltd., Credence Motion Picture, and Hari Om Entertainment. True to its name, this Punjabi flick is loaded with full-on desi beats composed by the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyricist Anvita Dutt Guptan. ‘Patiala House’ is set to hit theaters on February 11, 2011.
Set back in the year 1979 in Southall, London, Gurtej Singh Kahlon (Rishi Kapoor) is a 34-year old hard-working sardar employed at the Woolfe Rubber Factory. Often criticized and ridiculed for his turban, Gurtej faces relentless taunts by the firangis. But that does not stop him from protecting his family against all odds. The movie fast forwards into the present 2010. Gurtej’s son, Pargat Singh Kahlon aka Gattu (Akshay Kumar) wakes and sees kids playing cricket in the streets, a dream that he had lived throughout his childhood but was crushed into pieces, all thanks to his sardari pagdi, to save his Bauji’s, aka Gurtej’s, reputation. One day, he meets Simran (Anushka Sharma) who encourages him to fulfill his dreams.
Will life give Gattu a second chance to cherish his dream or will he have to remain silent throughout his life as he had been doing all these years? Will he break the rules to challenge his Bauji and the Kahlon khandaan? The father-son duo relationship amongst three generations living under one roof and inclusion of several cricket players is something to watch out here. But will Akshay Kumar be able to win the hearts of his audience, after the major debacle of ‘Teen Maar Khan’? And will Anushka Sharma be successful in firming her place in Bollywood, now that she’s already on cloud 9 with the recent unexpected yet commendable hit ‘Band Baaja Baaraat? Seems ‘Patiala House’ is a do-or-die battle for everyone – be it the director or the lead actors! Wait till 11th February 2011 and see whether both Akshay and Nikhil get lucky this time or not.