Starring: Rishi Kapoor,
Dimple Kapadia, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma
Director: Nikhil Advani
Patiala House the film, is
based in Southall – London where the Kahlon family has
been living for the past 4 generations. Ruled by an
autocratic and stubborn patriarch Bauji (Rishi Kapoor)
the members of this household have no other choice but
to adhere to his ways, his whims, his rules. Scarred by
a racial incident that took place 20 years ago – an
incident that led to the murder of his mentor and
guardian, the senior advocate leader Mr. Saini, Bauji
began hating the British and everything that the country
and its people stood for.
A hindi family drama with a background of cricket, the
film is about Gattu (Akshay Kumar) who is living the
life his father forced upon him. While young, our Gattu
faced the racism problem which was a big issue then.
Gurtej just crosses the street when the group of “white” disgruntled,
unemployed factory workers tries to provoke him into a confrontation. He
finally enters his warm cozy home and sings "happy birthday" to his six year
old son Gattu. The father shields his family when the shards of shattering
glass threaten to injure them. the Indian dad will chase the "gora hoodlums"
who threw the big stone shattering his glass window screaming that he would
break open the "gora skull" with his bare hands.... Gurtej has been protective
about his family, and now on will continue to do so lifelong.
1994 - Southall, London, UK
Gattu grows up he is Parghat Singh Kahlon, a 17 year old lad hands over an
official letter to his dad Gurtej Singh who reads every word. Parthat, in
anticipation watches the unexpected reaction from his father who reminds the
boy of his struggle period when Parghat was just a Gattu. The father in a
rage, tears the official letter in pieces, shattering the teenager's dreams.
Akshay Kumar - Parghat Singh Kahlon a.k.a. Gattu
Anushka Sharma – Simran
Rishi Kapoor - Gurtej Kahlon
Dimple Kapadia – Mrs Kahlon
Armaan Kirmani - Jassi
Prem Chopra - Advocate Virender Singh Saini
Hard Kaur - Komal Chatwal
Soni Razdan - Dolly Maan
Tinu Anand - Mr. Bedi
Jeneva Talwar - Priti Kahlon
Simi Melwani - Arshpreet
Masood Akhtar - Dr. Kanwaljeet
On one instance on his birthday, the Whites broke his
home window and yelled "We don't want you in our country."
From that moment onwards, Gattu’s his father, Gurtej Singh
Kahlon (Rishi Kapoor) was fed up with the Whites. On the
spur of the moment, the father grabbed a pot and almost
hit one of the Whites with it. He was arrested soon after,
but then released.
In yet another instance, some weeks later, Gattu's uncle
was killed in a racial attack. The obedient child, Gattu
had always listened to his father, which made his siblings
1979 - Southall, London, UK
Gurtej Singh Kahlon, 34 years of age has just completed
his shift at the Woolfe Rubbr Factory, he slowly walks
back home, ignoring the "gora kid" while walking with his
mother, pointing at him - the funny "brown man" in the
2010 - Southall, London, UK
Parghat Singh Kalhon is now 34, just woken up one morning,
and as he has been doing since the last 17 years, walks
across Southall, opens his corner store across the tube
station and tends to his customers. He hears the
neighborhood boys playing cricket in the back alley and
remembers that his dream could have become a reality. But
then, he continues to tend to his customers.
All through these years Parghat Singh has watched his
father ruling the house, a family, a community like he has
for the last 25 years. Parghat Singh has silently borne
the snide remarks and insults passed by a younger
generation. Parghat Singh has no other option, so pours
his heart out to his neighbor’s adopted brother. He
understands the bitterness of his siblings, even
identifies with their shattered dreams. Now he will
participate in a change that’s taking place, now he will
finally summon the courage to challenge his father and
start a movement that will shake the very foundations of
Current superstar cricketers like Symonds, McCullum, Gibbs
and Pollard have given a guest appearance, with ex-
captain of England Nassir Hussain making an half hearted
attempt to speak in his robotic hindi style.
As expected, there are some unimpressive bhangra numbers
in this Punjabi background story. A somewhat ‘predictable
film’, Patiala House is a bit notch better than the
mediocre fare that we see every week.
Akshay embraces Gattu's shattering dreams and makes them
his own. A trickle of tears running down his cheeks every
time he thinks of his ruined dreams, yet he plays Gattu
with a restrain and that makes it one of his best
performances in recent times.
Anushka Sharma is too talkative in her bubbly character.
Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia are fine enough at the
Punjabi parents. There are many characters in this story
which makes the narrative lose its way in the second half.
- Aniz Filmvala
Credits & Crew:
Banner - Credence Motion Pictures, Hari Om Entertainment
Directed by Nikhil Advani
Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Talreja, Krishan Kumar,
Twinkle Khanna, Zoeb Springwala
Screenplay by Nikhil Advani, Anvita Dutt Guptan
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography - Santosh Thundiyil
Editing by Manan Sagar
Distributed by People Tree Films