Patiala House is one film that you would love to watch with your entire family. It’s one film which will surely inspire you, and its one film which will surely make you emotional at one point of time. Director Nikhil Advani and Akshay Kumar has teamed up again after giving a flop film ‘Chandni Chowk To China’, but this time the duo has delivered a commendable film which if one will not like it, then surely the other one would definitely give his thumbs up. Though Nikhil has started his career by giving a super hit film ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ which was released in the year 2003, but before Patiala House, he also suffered lost matches like in ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ and in ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’. Similarly Akki was also going on a bad phase by giving numerous flop films, but this time they both were showered by some angelic luck and thus the film was although at least watchable as compare to their previous films.
It’s a story about Gurtej Khalon (Rishi Kapoor) who leads the family and resides at South Hall, England. In his childhood days he and his family faced a deadly trauma against racial discrimination between Sikh and British people. Also his dad (Prem Chopra) was killed in this cruel racial discrimination. From then on Gurtej decided to change the system of England and raised his voice against government. Soon the situations changed and South Hall was appearing as Half-Punjab followed by their own business, schools, colleges, restaurants and so on. Gurtej was selected as the leader of his community and was ruling not only the entire community but also in his own family. Everybody was giving highly respect to him and at the same time were also highly scared to speak even a word in front of him. His own son Gattu (Akshay Kumar) was wishing to become a cricketer as fast-pace bowler and also got a chance to play with England, but due to his father’s order he dumped his dream and agreed to run a small-town general store. However now because of him, every member of his family can’t build his own dream and are now following whatever their Bauji (Gurtej) orders them, and so all of them in the family hates him like anything. After many years he met one bindass Punjabi kudi, Simran (Anushka Sharma), at his shop who is always ready to fight and has attitude of ‘No Give Up’. He somehow founds out his past story and decides to help him and his family to fight for their dreams. Fortunately Gattu got one more chance to play Cricket with England team and this time entire family supports Gattu and tries their best to hide this secret in front of Bauji. Their only hope was that Gattu will make proud to the family by showcasing his talent as a fast-pace bowler, and by that hopefully Bauji will also allow everybody to achieve their own dream. At the end as it was predictable, a filmy drama takes off and Bauji realizes his mistake of being Hitler to everyone. So now he allows everyone to accomplish their dream, and the film completes on a very happy ending note.
Nikhil Advani is a fantastic story-teller. He knows what the genre is, what the concept is, what the theme is, and had delivered according to that. Though agreed that the movie was a little about clichéd and much predictable, but Advani’s narration was compelling, gripping and convincing. His direction is as usual good as per the genre, and overall its screenplay and dialogue were also good. However the main strong point of this movie was its narration, and power-packed performances. The film entirely goes to Rishi Kapoor which was tremendously supported by Akshay Kumar. Rishi Kapoor was outstanding in his role of Hitler Bauji and also as a change-modern thinking wale Bauji. Whereas, Akshay didn’t get much to spoke any dialogues in the entire movie, but his expressions, his way of delivering scenes without even saying a word, was just very enthralling. One of my best scenes was when Bauji got heart-attack and the scene was captivated at hospital. The whole scene had only countable dialogues, hardly any two-to-four, but through Akki’s expression, Rishi Kapoor’s tremendous act and not to forget Dimple Kapadia’s exceptional motherly act, I still can memorize the whole scene. And that was a great impact was given. Plus there was an absolute tremendous performance given by Anushka Sharma. She proves yet that again that no matter how the film, no matter how the story would be, she will give her best. And so her best was being clearly visible film after film. She is stepping not only one ladder, but is stepping two ladder at a time towards her success. Plus not only these superstars, in the entire film everybody was simply good and terrific.
Only negative points in the film were its clichéd story, predictable story, as it was drama genre so that kind of treatment was not given as it was needed, and somewhat background score in emotional scene were not sounding good. As per my knowledge the film was clichéd in terms of mixture of many known films. For example, like in DDLJ there’s a strict father and lastly he also allows letting go their children’s to cherish their love or dreams; and in ‘Iqbal’ there’s one sequence at the end where the bowler too spins a googly bowl to win the match.
However overall the film is good, it has lovely father-son drama, and it’s very inspiring and motivational about chasing one’s dream and teaches that how one follow their heart. And the main strong point of the film was its narration and its performances.
It’s a clean film which can be surely watchable with the entire family. Patiala House is surely an atleast one-time watchable.
3.25+ / 5