Honestly speaking I wasn’t too keen on watching Patiala House because of the movies Akshay has been churning out of late. The real reason I went was for Rishi Kapoor who I strongly feel is an awesome actor and oh-so-charming and from the promos and trailers of the film I decided I’d go watch it at the cinemas instead of the usual bootleg DVD I opt for.
The film is based in Southall, England and seeing those familiar landmarks made me nostalgic. The story is about Gattu who is a subservient, obedient son to his rather out-spoken father who has been fighting for Asian rights in the UK. In his fight against racism Gurtej Singh Kahlon (Rishi Kapoor) forgets that his son may have hopes, dreams, aspirations and rules the rest of Patiala House with an iron fist.
In return of being an obedient son, Gattu is hated by the rest of the younger members of the family who feel their wings are clipped because they are always being compared to Gattu. Enter Simran, who decides things have to change and how!
There are good emotional scenes in the film and I’m glad to say Akshay is back on form with proper acting skills instead of the mindless reactionary drivel he’s been churning out of late labelled as Comedy. Rishi Kapoor is in top form – I hated his control freak nature and he was excellent in portraying it. A fine actor, no doubt. Dimple Kapadia barely spoke but she did look nice.
I’ll let you go enjoy the movie if you haven’t already but I must say the only thing I couldn’t take was Hard Kaur reciting kirtan! (Hymns)
Watch it. You will enjoy it even though the ending did get a bit Bollywood Masala Galore.