(A Review of the Movie ‘Patiala House’ by Swarnagauri Tonse)
‘Patiala House’ is a cute movie wrapped up in cheese that is cheesier than cheese.
We went to the movie with very low expectations, considering the major disappointment from Akshay Kumar in his last film, Tees Maar Khan and the mediocrity of the promos. We hardly had any choice as there were no other films worth watching that weekend and we had to watch something. Thankfully Patiala House wasn’t as disappointing as Tees Maar Khan, and on the contrary was at least 5 times better than it.
The movie is about an ex-cricket star Parghat Singh Kalhot or ‘Gattu’(Akshay Kumar) who has to abandon his dream of playing in the England Cricket Team because of his dad. His dad hates the ‘goras’ because of two of their relatives were murdered at the height of racial tensions in Southall. After that he devotes himself to the cause of representing Indians of Southall who have been victims of injustice and mistreatment by the ‘goras’. He orders his son to not play cricket, especially with the ‘goras’. As a compliant son of an overbearing dad he gives up his dreams and becomes a shopkeeper of an Indian shop his dad gives him. His brothers, sisters and cousins who live with him (it’s a big joint family) blame him for their inability to pursue their dreams against the wishes of the head of the house, so with the persuasion of his family members and his half-gori girlfriend Simran (Anoushka Sharma) he secretly goes for the try-outs for the new English T20 team, and even makes it.
The big and the only let down of the movie is the story. It is filled with illogicalities and is hardly convincing. On the up side though, all the actors did a good job. Akshay Kumar was subtle and wasn’t over the top, Anushka Sharma was pretty and her acting was good, Rishi Kapoor did a great job and Gattu’s British-Indian family members were a heartwarming lot. My only problem was that a great actress like Dimple Kapadia was given a miniscule role as Gattu’s mother. She didn’t have many lines and just had to stand and sulk. The films does have its moments of laugh-out-loud comedy and poignant drama. The soundtrack by Shankar Ehsaan Loy isn’t very impressive and the songs don’t really stick to your mind, except for one or two. Overall, it’s a pleasant one-time watch. I don’t have any great expectations from the movie’s box office collections though.
If you are willing to digest sour cheese to get to the cuteness of the movie, then surely watch it. I give the movie 2.5 stars out of 5.