Nikhat Kazmi review of Patiala House

Movie Review: It doesn’t take much for lost, lonesome and loser Gattu to metarmophose into super cool Kaali, the bowler who leads a down and out England cricket team to umpteen victories. All it takes is a family counselling session by a bunch of restless yuppies in Patiala House — the extended family mansion in Southall — who urge our hero to rise up against Bauji, the in-house Hitler and realise his dreams. He would thereby set a precedent for the rest of the suppressed souls who would prefer to become chefs, rap artists, film makers and fashion designers rather than churn out jalebis or sing bhajans as per the patriarch’s wishes. Of course, the major push — and inspiration — comes from the somewhat badnam Munni of Southall, Anushka Sharma, who apart from being a big tease, is an accomplished motivator too.

But yes, it does take too long for the transformation of our hero who moves from the background to the foreground after plodding through a somewhat tedious plot which is bogged down by predictability. Every little twist and turn of this self-realisation soap opera is pre-ordained and terribly familiar. You know our hero is going to stand tall in the final moments of a faltering match, despite the aggro stance of a scowling Andrew Symmonds. You know the great Indian parivar is going to stick together, come what may. And you know Hitler will be all heart after a life-threatening heart attack.

So what stands out in this melee of poorly-sketched characters and a stodgy plot? It’s the performances. Akshay Kumar refreshingly dons the actor avatar once again, setting aside his overdone comic hero cloak which had begun to fray with overuse. His Gattu is both poised and poignant, brimming over with restraint: a giant in repose. Anushka Sharma’s vivacity may have an after taste of her bubbling Band Baaja Baraat act but her passage from Janakpuri’s dhinchak girl to Southall’s siren is sweet and smooth. Watch out for the girl; she’s truly on a roll. Rishi Kapoor, as always, is mesmerising on screen and never ever strikes a false note. But Dimple Kapadia does end up a bit underutilised, as do the rest of the ensemble cast. Shankar-Ehsan-Loy’s music has a zingy beat to it, specially in the title track.

Patiala House may not match up to his debut film, Kal Ho Na Ho, but director Nikhil Advani does make amends for the disastrous Chandni Chowk to China. Watch this family drama for its redefinition of patriotism in a going-global age, dominated by the growing Indian diaspora.

3 stars

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/movie-reviews/hindi/Patiala-House/moviereview/7476943.cms

61 Comments

  1. sandy
    sandy
    February 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Raj: I already said if you have a problem with my reviews you should point it out with examples, like I did about Jog. Not pounce on me when I make an observation on someone else.

  2. ROONEY_10
    ROONEY_10
    February 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    @sandy- LOL i didnt lie… havent seen movies lately except bkb.. which i seen on ur recommendation… if i am not wrong… as i have stopped watching movies.. with professional pressure.

    As i havent seen any movies :-) so when i havent seen any new flick i havent discussed any new movies lately,

    But whenever i seen it last i recollect i discussed with ya… so technically speaking i discuss movie reviews whenever i see a movie with you :-) or when i am about to see a movie.

    Last comment at ur blog-
    http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2827628306337215540&postID=5541160443903939347

  3. ROONEY_10
    ROONEY_10
    February 14, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    @raj- LOL… nothing like that… have respect for u and i know u fight aggressively :-) who better than me ;-) shud know it!

    firstly i used to feel u had malice, later as i know u better now… i use to assume sometimes i feel bloody you are like australian cricket team ;-) or sreesanth :P (hey i respect sreesanth and his anger a lot… )

    so jus kidding.. anyways u have a nice day… and Light heartedly-

    i hope ur aggressiveness is there in Indian Team this world cup and ur icon tendulkar… becoz this team needs to win it imo.

  4. RAJ
    RAJ
    February 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Sandy,

    Raj: I already said if you have a problem with my reviews you should point it out with examples, like I did about Jog. Not pounce on me when I make an observation on someone else.””””

    The truth is ,I have stopped reading proffessional reviews for quite some time including that of your…I don’t trust any of the reviews written by proffessionals…at the same time I do read reviews written by NG members like IHAB,Sachin and some others…I trust their reviews more..The only NG member review I don’t read is that of Rooney’s not because I don’t trust them but because 1.I get confused reading them 2.They draw me in to a fight(Not his fault though) :) so I stay away from Rooney’s reviews….
    Regarding your review,I read them at times and give my opinion then and there (positive or negative).

  5. ROONEY_10
    ROONEY_10
    February 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    @sandy if u review books… i would like to ask you… u something… do u attend the sessions when a book is launched… and event is held at crossword or landmark??

    a friend’s mom is about to launch dealing with hippies and their culture and i thought u might be interested??? its an indian author… a female and her description of hippies…

    THE MYSTERIOUS DREAMS By Nandita Banerjee

    More on Book from cover description-

    When John Lennon said, “Imagine there is no Religion” . . . he did not suggest, “There is no God”. He meant God is one. Religion is just a brand.

    Toddle along the extraordinary paths travelled by hippies who, by tuning in to their inner vision, etched their marks into the collective vision of mankind in the 20th century. After millennia of war and strife entailing suffering of countless millions, have we risen above our petty differences and embraced peace, love, and freedom? Or is our recurring past still lingering in our memories? What is the mystery behind the recurring dreams and perpetual fear?

    The book’s finale is still hopeful of liberation. . .
    ____________________________________________________

  6. ROONEY_10
    ROONEY_10
    February 14, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    @RAJ-
    “The only NG member review I don’t read is that of Rooney’s not because I don’t trust them but because 1.I get confused reading them 2.They draw me in to a fight(Not his fault though) so I stay away from Rooney’s reviews….”

    LOL…

  7. sandy
    sandy
    February 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Whether someone reads my reviews or not is not my concern. All I am bothered with is my right to have an opinion, when i have facts to back it up. I cannot have that questioned at any cost.

    As for being like Jog, I’m not really a film journo to be honest. Films are one of the things I write about, besides culture, personalities and literature. And I enjoy all of it.

  8. sandy
    sandy
    February 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Rooney, do send the details of the book with email id of the author. Will let you know if it can be reviewed.

  9. ROONEY_10
    ROONEY_10
    February 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    @sandy sorry dont know ur email id.

    my eamil id is – masoomrooney@yahoo.co.uk

    please send me a email.

    Thanks sandy!

  10. sandy
    sandy
    February 15, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Have sent you an email rooney, Let me know if you don’t receive it.

  11. rks
    rks
    February 15, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    “my eamil id is – mas****@yahoo.co.uk”
    I know some spam sites ;)

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