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Review: Akshay Kumar gets a new lease of life in ‘Patiala House’

After the Box Office disaster of ‘Tees Maar Khan’, Akshay Kumar has delivered a huge six with ‘Patiala House’. Directed by Nikhil Advani, starring Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia, ‘Patiala House’ is a fun filled family film.

‘Patiala House’ is the story of Gattu (Akshay Kumar), who is torn between his passion – cricket and his father’s (Rishi Kapoor) wishes. ‘Patiala House’ revolves around Bauji (Rishi Kapoor), who lives with his large family in London’s Southall area and has a severe dislike for Englishmen. He is right in a way because he has been a victim of racial attacks and was also jailed for violence against the firangs. He has a deep seated hatred against goras and cannot stand the sight of his son, who turns into a cricket prodigy, playing for the English team.

If Bauji is nearly psychotic in his hatred for Englishmen, his family is exactly opposite of him, following Gattu’s example and throttling our old man’s desires. In ‘Patiala House’, each person lives his own dreams, if someone wants to become a chef, another wants to be a cool rapper. However, no one is ready to come out of the closet until Simran (Anushka Sharma) enters the scene and pushes Gattu and his sweet family into rebellion against Bauji’s dictatorship.

As far the film goes, ‘Patiala House’ has every ingredient that makes it work at the Box Office for the movie and its characters are emotionally and psychologically convincing and plausible. The story is one tight narrative without much digression.

Akshay Kumar is completely in sync with his character and looks every bit convincing as a cricketer. However, Rishi Kapoor as Bauji looks maddening at times, given his uncalled anger and fiery antics.

Given such a large number of characters, ‘Patiala House’ could end up being a long and tedious affair, but kudos to Advani for keeping it light, tight, complete with clear and coherent narrative.

Well, for Akshay Kumar fans, ‘Patiala House’ can be a rare treat. We are sure Akshay will get a welcome respite with the Box Office success of ‘Patiala House’.

Ratings: Three cheers for this one!

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