The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is around the corner. The excitement among fans is humongous as we are a few days away from the opening match. So it’s perhaps a great move to release a film with a cricket theme, just before the big tournament.While we’ve seen many films based on cricket (LAGAAN, VICTORY, IQBAL), PATIALA HOUSE is different as it’s primarily a father-son conflict, having cricket as it’s backdrop.
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia
Patiala House is the story of Pargat Singh Kahlon aka Gattu who lives in London’s Southhall. Gattu is a fast bowler who dreams of playing cricket for England.At the age of 17, Gattu even gets an opportunity to play for England. But since his father, Bauji (Rishi Kapoor), threatens to commit suicide, Gattu sacrifices his ambition and works as a shopkeeper with his father, who hates Whites for their racist attacks against Indians.Not only Gattu but everyone in the family lives in constant terror of Bauji. The story takes a turn when Simran (Anushka Sharma) enters Gattu’s life and helps him fulfill his longtime dream of playing for England.
Being an emotional journey, the film also has some realistic light-moments.Director Nikhil Advani regains his position as a compelling storyteller, which he had lost post SALAAM-E-ISHQ and CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA. He illustrates his proficiency in the dramatic portions, handling the father-son sequences with dexterity. Akshay and Rishi Kapoor are fabulous in their roles as always. Anushka has maintained her Band Baaja Baraat attitude. The young brigade in the movie is impressive and the presence of cricketers like Nasser Hussain, Andrew Symonds, Herschelle Gibbs, Simon Katich, Sanjay Manjrekar and Nikhil Chopra has increased the authenticity of the film.
On the whole, PATIALA HOUSE is a film about attachments, affiliations and familial bonding. It’s a compelling watch, more for its drama and histrionics than anything else. It’s a film that explores the father-son relationship and not just those in India, but around the world should be able to relate to the predicament depicted in this film.
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