Patiala House review: Akshay Kumar wants to play for the English cricket team but his strict and Indian-at-heart father won’t allow it. Read the review to find out more.

Business Rating:  1.5 Stars

Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rsihi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia.

What’s Good: Some comic punches; emotions if you are soft-hearted; Rishi Kapoor’s acting.

What’s Bad: The screenplay; Akshay’s character of an unassertive guy.

Verdict: Patiala House will not get packed houses, neither in Patiala nor anywhere else!

Loo break: A couple of places in the first half!

Watch or Not? Watch it but be prepared to be bowled over by Rishi Kapoor, not Akshay Kumar!

Patiala House Review

Hari Om Entertainment Co., T-Series, People Tree Films Pvt. Ltd. and Bugle Boy Films Ltd. (U.K.)’s Patiala House is the about life giving a second chance. Parghat Singh Kahlon alias Gattu (Akshay Kumar) is a second-generation Indian living in London. Son of Gurtej Singh Kahlon (Rishi Kapoor), Gattu is an excellent cricketer and is very passionate about the game. However, he sacrifices his passion for the sake of his father’s happiness. Gurtej Singh, who is head of a large joint family, hates the Englishmen because they had perpetrated atrocities on them when they had tried to settle in London. There were racist attacks against Gurtej Singh’s family but he had managed to protect the large family. Over the years, Gurtej Singh had become bitter about the Englishmen and was, therefore strictly against the idea of Gattu playing cricket for the team of England. He had set up a store for Gattu to look after when he grew up, and Gattu, like an obedient son, was toeing the line decided by his strict father.

All of Gattu’s cousins were also scared of going against Gurtej Singh’s wishes and had suppressed dreams and desires which they couldn’t pursue or fulfill because Gattu’s example of an obedient son was always thrown at them.

One day, Gattu gets an offer to play cricket for England. Around the same time, Gattu meets Simran (Anuskha Sharma) who makes him realise the foolhardiness in letting someone else decide the course his life would take. Simran asks Gattu’s family members (except his dad, Gurtej Singh) to coax him to accept the cricket offer but Gattu doesn’t want to hurt his father’s feelings. Gattu’s cousins also tell him that if he’d revolt and have his way, each of them could then also pursue his/her dream. Finally, Gattu relents and joins the England team.

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From now, the job is to not let Gattu’s father know about Gattu’s inclusion in the English team. For this, Simran and Gattu’s family members take the entire neighbourhood into confidence and ask the thousand-odd people there to never let Gurtej Singh, himself a cricket lover, know that Gattu was playing for the team of England.

Do they succeed? Does Gurtej Singh get to know that his own son had joined the English team in spite of his hatred for the Englishmen? Does Gattu perform well on the cricket field? What about his family members in general and the young cousins in particular? Do they face punishment at the hands of Gurtej Singh or are they allowed to pursue their dreams?

Story and Screenplay – Patiala House Review

The story is childish and the screenplay, penned by Nikhil Advani and Anvita Dutt, is not without flaws. Firstly, playing cricket is not the life-and-death matter it is made out to be in the film. Even if the writers had intended to show it as a question of life and death, they should’ve included scenes to substantiate this important point because that is the very foundation of the film. But except for showing a downcast and unhappy Gattu, there’s little else the writers have shown to explain why not playing cricket is such a big tragedy for Gattu. Another question not answered by the writers is: if Gurtej Singh Kahlon was so anti-Englishmen, why did he not return to India?

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Yet another flaw of the screenplay: Gattu’s cousins prod him on to take up the offer of the English team but it is difficult to comprehend whether they do it for selfish reasons or selflessly. For, when they are in the process of convincing him to join, each of them comes up with his/her sob story about how he/she can’t pursue his/her dream because Gattu didn’t pursue his dream and, instead, let his father rule his life. Had this point of each cousin’s dream not been brought up at this stage, the support of the cousins would’ve looked far far more heartwarming and completely selfless. But the way it has been shown, the audience gets the feeling that each of the cousins is an opportunist and is supporting Gattu just so that he/ she can do what he/she wants to do. Instead of helping Gattu, this comes across as making him a scapegoat.

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Again, most of the things the cousins, other family members and friends of Gattu do (like cutting off the cable TV line when Gattu is on the field and his father is in front of the television set, unaware of the goings-on) to keep his father in the dark are childish, to say the least. Some things are also very funny but even after enjoying and laughing at the funny anecdotes, the point that it is a childish drama that’s going on, continues to haunt the viewer and comes in the way of his complete enjoyment. Even when Gurtej Singh reaches the cricket stadium while Gattu is underperforming, it seems that Gattu’s performance doesn’t get influenced by his (father’s) presence there because there is not a single shot of Gattu’s eyes meeting his dad’s. Also, Gattu expresses surprise when he sees his dad at the stadium after the match is over. If that is indeed so and Gattu was, in fact, not aware of his father’s presence in the stadium, what was the point in getting him there?

Because Gattu is playing for the English team, the audience does not experience the rush of patriotic feelings, without which the drama has no meaning. Had he been playing for India and leading the country to victory, it would have been a different thing altogether.

All in all, the film turns out to be designed as a tear-jerker first and an entertainer thereafter. But the youngsters would definitely not approve of the rona-dhona – also because the emotions look contrived and made up. A lot of Akshay Kumar’s fans would not be happy to see him in this role of a reserved, helpless, consigned-to-one’s fate kind of a guy who ultimately does something heroic. They would rather see him do heroic deeds galore or at least make them laugh.

In short, the first half is boring and doesn’t involve the audience too much. The pace picks up post-interval but because the drama is kiddish and the emotions aren’t very strong, it doesn’t have the desired impact.

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Star Performances – Patiala House Review

Akshay Kumar gets limited scope to act or show his histrionics, which is a minus point for the film. He is good but his scenes aren’t substantial enough. Anushka Sharma is very endearing and free in her acting but even she doesn’t have much to do post-interval. The film actually belongs to Rishi Kapoor and he is extraordinary as Gurtej Singh Kahlon. He performs wonderfully. Dimple Kapadia plays his wife with maturity. Hard Kaur impresses as Komal. Armaan Kirmani is quite good as Jaskaran Singh Kahlon alias Jassi. As the pregnant wife of Jaskaran, Jeneva Talwar holds her own. Rabbit Sack C and Faraaz Khan are alright as Aman Singh Kahlon and Puneet Singh Kahlon respectively. Soni Razdan makes her presence felt. Maya Sarao is lovely as the over-the-top bride-to-be, Manmeet. Tanveer Singh is okay as her husband-to-be, Ranbeer. Simi Melwani and Kumud Mishra lend fair support.Devansh Daswani is effective as Zeeshan although he has been given lines to mouth, which don’t go with his age. Prem Chopra has a minuscule role to play. Tinnu Anand, David Frost and Roly Lee fill the bill.

Direction and  Music – Patiala House Review

Nikhil Advani’s direction is okay. However, the drama looks made up rather than naturally flowing. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is very good but not as popular. Laung da lashkara song is fast-paced and its picturisation (choreographed by Remo D’Souza) is nice. Kyun main jaagoon has lilt and melody. Rola pe gaya and Baby when you talk to me are also enjoyable numbers. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are appealing. Santosh Thundiyil’s cinematography is superb. The foreign locales have been captured beautifully. Editing (by Manan Sagar) is okay. Dialogues (Anvita Dutt) are very good at places.

The Last Word
On the whole, Patiala House is an ordinary fare which will face an uphill task at the box-office. It has taken a very dull start and that will tell on its ultimate tally at the box-office.

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70 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Nahta,

    We all know you don’t like Akshay kumar and his films and you always keep calling his films flop…even after Housefull and TMK…You know how successful he is and how GOOD patiala house is! You can’t go ahead and be successful in your life if you do this injustice and stupidity! Let’s see what you will say after TWO Weeks! Audience have liked it! How can you talk about Box-office collections in a REVIEW!!!!!! Talk about weekend and total collections!

  2. ya samir i agrred with u. sorry komalji but i cant expct this type of poor review.. i think akki complained against your chennal that’s why u tell this….plz be honest

  3. hey komal i know ur akshay complained against ur channel thats why u are posting such a review,while other reviewers have given it a positive rating:taran adarsh-4/5,rediff-3/5,gaurav malani-3.5/4,india today-3.5/5,and i just watched the movie and can say it is agood movie

  4. don talk rubbish abt dis ,I ‘ve watched dis film it its damm gud .Akki true excellent . I as a movie lover tellin t all my friends jst go n watch it.

  5. Mr Komal Nahta…pls donne come down to a level ,such low frm whr u will also start feelin.. ashamed…itz gonna make ur name only go..if u write this thin.. abt such a historic movie…n high class award winnin..performance by akshay and anushka…we the `Janta` r the real reviewers n we believe it comes in the best movies of bollywood category ….take this as a second chance and change urself n be sincere to ur job….donne write juss anythin..coz ur tv channel had fights with akki….am sure if u watch the movie…ur eyes r gonna moisten…n after that frm ur heart write a review without any pressure by anyone..it really looks very odd…atleast writin..negative for a high class movie ,with a social msg like this…may god lead u the right way…..best of luck…

  6. guys this man is angry with akshay and patiala house producers after they issued a legal notice to ETC and have demanded heavy damages. All reviews go from 2.5/5 to 4/5. Everone appreciated akshays performance as one of his best.
    im sick and tired of critics they cant dominate bollywood market anymore. Guys watch patiala house and make it a big hit in the face of the critcs.

  7. Paisa vasool the movie has got good reviews from most of d critics n public so ek aad ke bolne se kuch nhi hota n most f d people hve liked d movie so it will pick upby +ve word of mouth

  8. All you guys are rite…. We just watched the movie its a awesome movie… Mr Komal Nahta this is not expected by you i watch Bollywood Business everyday but now i don’t feel like watching it anymore this just such a CHEAP thing to do… How low can you get pls get a life man…. You know if you remember when ACTION REPLAY released you were full praise for the movie and AKKI as well on ur show in fact yo even mentioned that ACTION REPLAY is better then G3… Patiala House is far better and the movie really rocks…

  9. Komal ji, just the other day you were telling Irfan Khan on your etc. show how and why reviews are manipulated. You also said those who do this are doing Gaddari with their profession.

    You being with etc. and this being a T-Series film and the fight between them out in the open…. need I say more?

    Used to think very highly of you.

    BTW Just saw the film and loved it.

  10. bhai logo sab ki pasand alag alag.lekin…..jo film humare dil ko chujae wo hume pasand aa jati h.dil ki baat h afsos
    please watch the movie….

  11. Total flop, only saving grace is Rishi kapoor. overly hyped and lacklustre movie, AKSHAY was a flop n has proved once again he cannot act. Anushka looked gorgeous, but overall bad movie.

  12. Akshay Kumar is the only Bollywood actor who is at the top since past 4-5 years, all his movies are 5 stars here in Canada, Every single indo-canadian waits for his movies, even though if couple movies last year were not good for him, still he is/was and will be the best. Favourite Khiladi. Singh is King !!

  13. I’m 100% agree with Komal Nahta, the movie is totally bull s***. My advice to all of you is Please don’t waste you time and money on this movie. Akshay is now at 0 position in Bollywood after mega flops in 2010 and now in 2011. This movie is totally garbage, fully flop in all over Canada, USA and I think in India as well. I don’t know there are lots of idiots on this forum talking bulls***, but believe me this movie don’t worth watching it…. I give (-1) out of 10.

  14. guyz it’s not just Komal Nahta, just google it each and every critic rate this movie around 1 to 2 out of 5, and they all have called this movie super flop. so please dont just blame him. in reality the movie has really weak screenplay story and base, so i would say its really a flop.

  15. ghatia movie hey, puri flop hey cinema ja ker nirash hone se bachcho yaro. ghar beth ke golmaal 3 ek bar fir se dekho maja aiga :)

  16. Hey Komal why are u behaving like Masand of IBN. He is foolish. Its an excellent movie and u r calling it a flop. …Very poor.

  17. The movie is not that good. People who are very emotional will like the movie. Also fans of akshay kumar will like this movie. And like you say, if you have seen worst roles of akshay kumar, this is going to be slightly better.

  18. Movie mast hai….Akshay ki thara……
    Komal tumahri koi personal dushmani hai kya akki k saath
    U have to see this movie again with the feeling of a viewer…. not like bloody slave of ETC……
    Patiala House is a comeback for akki……so friends watch this movie its very nice…

  19. taran adarsh (father of critics) give 4 stars, india glitz 4 star, rediff movies 3.5 stars,toi say must watch,almost everyone appreciated dis film………………… sabko pata hai ki etc aur komal nahta ki akshay se jalti hai…. jhooth bolne ki bhi hadd hoti hai…. 3 idiots k baad sach me aise film hai jo dil ko chhu gayi…

  20. Guys,
    I am seeing a negative vibe for Akshay due to his last few releases…please do not put a question mark on akshay’s acting skills..TMK was flop coz of Farha Khan, ditto for Action Replayy coz of vipul shah…just go and watch this movie..this is one feel good movie after a long time..its an honest movie..there is never a dull moment in movie…it is much better than last many of the movies, I had watched in theatre….i watched in Dubai yesterday and the show was housefull!! its rare to see this…

  21. jo bhi iss film ko bekar bata kar ro rahe hai unhone to muvi dekhi bhi nahi hogi………….. bhikariyo pehle muvi dekho phir koi comment dena

  22. @ komal nahta tum akshay se kitna jalte ho iska pata to koimoi k home page se hi pata chalta hai, sabhi actors ka fan club hai lekin akshay ka nahi…. or jo bhi iss film ko bekar bata kar ro raha hai unn hone to muvi dekhi bhi nahi hogi……… .. phir comment dena………..

  23. patiala house is very good moovie . you see a family drama
    and attract the action of akshay, romantic mood anushka,
    all rounder rishi kapoor and other actor i dont no his name ,
    do very well work . honesty you see this moovie like dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge family so, but this cricket jeet kar dikhayenge. rock akshay . mai jaanta hoon jo log iss moovie ko sahi nahi kah rahe hain,wo purane jamane ka mind rakhte hen

  24. Very stupid movie.. Its a wastage of time.. The director seems to have no control over it. The movie is real nonsense and makes no sense in todays scenario.

    My ratings 2 out of 10

    stay away from this crap..

  25. It’s great movie………..
    U can watch this movie with your family……..
    I think everyone watch this movie bcz this kind of movies don’t comes
    in bollywood nw………………………….

  26. this is very good Movie. You watch them. This is good Entertaining movie. you like Akshay, Anushka Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia. This is Family Drama Movie. All Family Member are like them.

  27. wow what amovie komal basted you should stop your nonsence. your personal interest and ajenda are against akshay . taran adarsh ka review dekho aur siko kutte. tuje teek nahi hoga

  28. akshay ji u r superstar,, srk or salman kuch nahi h aapke samne acting me. aapke liye ek story likhi h,, dad shure super hit hogi. contact me 08950393870. koi nemestay landon ya ajnabi jaisi movie kro. thanks.

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