Khatta Meetha, Action Replayy, and Tees Maar Khan so does Akshay Kumar manage to put a full stop to his flops with Patiala House? Well Yes, The lad has this time hit bull's eye with his performance in a complete entertainer and most importantly it is certainly a refreshing change from his senseless comedies. The man shows that why he is one of the highest paid actors in Btown.
Patiala House is about Parghat Singh Kahlon (Akshay Kumar) aka Gattu and his dream of representing the England Cricket team which is supressed by his father Gurtej Kahlon (Rishi Kapoor) who is against his son playing for once a "racist" country England, being an Indian. When Gurtej shifted to London with his family, he faced racism by the "Goras" which led to the death of a man he respected the most, Advocate Sahini (Prem Chopra). After 30 years, the "Goras" have changed but Gurtej still holds a grudge against them whose consequences are born by his family.
Nikhil Advani's last outing with Akshay Kumar titled "Chandni Chowk To China" failed miserably at the box office. The director took that as a challenge and gave us a film for which he will certainly be respected. Both Nikhil and Akshay have put their soul in the film which clearly shows. Akshay Kumar as a depressed son who has lost the meaning of his life to his father's stubbornness manages to make you feel the pain with him. Your heart sinks when he throws his cricket equipment in the Thames river and you hopelessly want him to do what he was born to do. The first half of the film is a tornado of emotions with the younger generation of Patiala House agitated with their eldest brother for not standing up for himself. The second half is how these cousins help him follow his dreams. It is a treat to watch the bold and outgoing Anushka Sharma who has a story of her own, helping Gattu to live life how he wants to. The actress has immense potential and proves it again, film by film. Another icing on the cake is the little Zeeshan who stays with Anushka as his caretaker, the boy makes you smile every time he is on the screen. But the man who completely steals the show is the respected Mr.Rishi Kapoor. The veteran adds power to his performance. Dimple Kapadia stuck between being a wife and a mother is impeccable and should be lauded. The film has its own moments of fun and laughter, a typical Punjbai chaotic family, wedding functions and Hard Kaur who adds the necessary "Tadka" to it. Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonca's music has grace to it. The fusion number "Rola Pe Gaya" is a musical rage and will leave you spell bound. The film certainly can boast of some magical tracks. Another highlight of the film is the game of Cricket, which is sure shot a superhit addition and especially with Andrew Symonds doing a cameo. It is also a tribute to the legendary Lala Amarnath.
The film gives a message to change with the ever changing world. It is about second chances which every individual will definitely relate to. Everyone has their own dreams which have been suppressed due to other responsibilities and this concept definitely hits the chord. "Patiala House" has something for everybody and is a strong film with all ingredients of success.