Patiala House (2011)





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At Patiala House lives the Kahlon family ruled by Bauji (Rishi Kapoor). They follow his diktats as he tries to hold onto his 'Indian values' in the land of the 'goras'. The younger generation at the Patiala House wants to assert themselves and follow their dreams but are held back by their respect and love for Bauji and the shining example of Bauji's eldest son, Parghat Singh Kahlon aka Gattu (Akshay Kumar). Gattu gave up his dream at the altar of Bauji's biases. His reward: For the last 17 years he has opened the corner store across the tube station. He will tend to his customers, hear the neighbourhood boys playing cricket in the back alley. He will remember a dream that could have become a reality and watch his father rule a house, a family, a community like he has for the last 25 years. He will silently tolerate the snide remarks and insults passed by a younger generation. He will understand the bitterness of his siblings and identify with their shattered dreams. Then he will participate to bring forth a change. He will finally summon the courage to challenge his father and start a movement that will shake the very foundations of Patiala House. Will Bauji loosen his hold and let the youngsters find their own dreams instead of following his? Will Gattu get a second chance to live his life? What's more important: family or dreams? And why must we choose one over the other. 'Patiala House' has been inspired by England cricket team's Sikh member Monty Singh Panesar. Panesar is the first Sikh to join England cricket team and the spinner is a crowd favourite.
Rating: NR
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By: Nikhil Advani
Written By: Nikhil Advani , Anvita Dutt Guptan
In Theaters: limited
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The use of clichéd slow-mo, alternating with a quick-cut shallowness, is as far from the essence of [cricket] as one could possibly get, and echoes the hollow emotions that dominate the rest of Patiala House.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011

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In the aftermath of 'Kal Ho Na Ho', director Nikhil Advani has had to wonder about his films lasting in theaters till the day after their release. Evidently, his challenges have been in script, story, music, performances as well as the hype they generate. Two years after his 'Chandhi Chowk to China' debacle, warning signals were set off with the previews of Patiala House....and rightly so. The issues still persist but what comes as a shocker now, is the lack of originality in story. Patiala House, only decent in some parts, is a dampener of sorts with melodrama etched all over its tired plot. Far too often have we seen an obdurate father curtailing the aspirations of his talented son who eventually, has to break out. When that talent revolves around cricket, comparisons with 'Iqbal' are inevitable and there, the film falls like wickets on a yorker delivery. Gurtej Kahlon (Rishi Kapoor) confronts the unjust discrimination inflicted upon his family by a group of Englishmen with non-violent protests that called for rights and change. Years later, after making lives better for his community in Southall, Kahlon's obdurate attitude towards the English prevents his son Gattu, from realizing his dreams of playing cricket for England's national team. Forced indirectly into a lifestyle as a shopkeeper, Gattu lives on to adhere to every command of his father's by sacrificing his dreams. As a result of his passive nature, he is not a favorite among his family of dreamers and it all looks hopeless till Simran (Anushka Sharma) enters his life, dominating his decisions and pushing him towards the try-outs for the English team selection. Anushka Sharma is perhaps the saving grace of the film. Her outspoken, bubbly attitude serve well to contrast the passive, soft spoken Gattu. She looks beautiful and seems to play such a role naturally, like she did in 'Band baaja baraat'. Rishi Kapoor's character is difficult to like even though, he is the most charming actor out there. Akshay Kumar's passive Gattu lacks intensity or a likeable attribute to it. Even his bowling style doesn't have a secret weapon that we can look forward to in every game nor does the game last long enough for us to feel excited. Helplessly, we look back at the brilliance depicted in Nagesh Kukunoor's 'Iqbal' that had all these elements right, with some great performances but alas; Patiala House fails to deliver the excitement, fun, intensity or the emotional connection that can engage you. Kyon main jagoon by Shafaqat Amanat Ali is repeated several times and is the only noteworthy track in the album. Even Hard Kaur fails to create magic in Role pe Gaya while the rest of the tracks are just forgettable. Nikhil Advani has an ensemble cast of cricketers at his disposal with names such as Nasser Hussain, Symonds, Brendon McCullum, Pollard among others. It makes it interesting only in the beginning. Then, when you realize that these cricketers are not really adding any value to the debilitating script through the games, they seem like the rest of the cast. Another big issue with the film is the melodrama that Advani incessantly bowls at us. We are used to cinematic liberty taken by directors but here, we see dramatic liberty to its extreme. Kaali's final over against Australia lasts long enough for his family to make up their minds to go to the stadium, drive through London, buy tickets and then witness the dramatic last ball. Nikhil Advani is really making fun of his audience..... Another disappointment for Akshay Kumar and his fans, another flop in Advani's list and a wake up call to other big names who rely on their past credentials to bring the moolah in. It's not going to work. - 6.43 on a scale of 1-10.


I am cricket fan, so it is not hard to have a movie based on it to keep me interested. unfortunately other than a few good tracks and good acting the movie fails to keep one engaged. would probably recommend as a fast forwarding dvd watch

Dinesh Rajwani
Dinesh Rajwani

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