Patiala House - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

The more number of non-engineers/CAs/MBAs/doctors I meet, the more I hear, "oh I did my engineering for my parents, but this is (films/writing/dancing) where my heart lies. We have had many movies that comment on our inept system and control-freak older generation, they usually become a tad too dark. Patiala House keeps the balance towards being light. But completely messes up the good, strong start that it gives itself by going the clichéd route.

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Plot Summary

In his fight against racism, Bauji (Rishi Kapoor) reaches the other extreme and becomes a racist himself. He doesn't realize that his family has become a victim of his fanatical attitude.

What Worked

  • 'Sarpanch' of South Hall - liked the coinage!
  • That the credits had Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia first and then Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma, even though Dimple Kapadia has a very small role. We are talking about deep-rooted Indian culture after all :)
  • The use of a cooker as a weapon!
  • Most of the lines for Anushka Sharma.
  • Gattu's Harry Potter type room.
  • That Bauji had control over who gets the cable contract in the area!
  • For once, the absence of accent is somewhat justified.
  • The conversion of Gattu's stretches into dance steps.
  • The fact that TV replay of highlights and autographs are some of the things that the conspirators hadn't thought of.
  • Gattu falling short of support when he decides to stand up for himself
  • The little symbolic traditions - here the one between a brother and sister.
  • That Bebo (Dimple Kapadia) uses the language that Bauji (Rishi Kapoor) understands
  • I found it interesting that not a single person left the theater during the end credit song. Usually, there are at least a few who don't stick around for that one.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The basic plot point - the attempt to keep facts away from Bauji!
  • How come Gattu isn't married at 34?
  • That they used other actors to be younger Bauji (Rishi Kapoor) and Bebe (Dimple Kapadia).
  • I have begun hating the pseudo-profound lines that begin with 'kehte hai na...' (they say...)
  • Simran is standing amongst the selectors of the England cricket team and tells them what they should call Parghat?!
  • Why does the question of what Parghat should be called arise in the first place? And why would the selectors care?
  • Sudden use of animation.
  • The romantic moments between Gattu and Simran - all of them were very awkward
  • Gattu starts dancing like a Bollywood star!
  • At way too many places - the lag between action and reaction time looked like it was from a film shot and edited in the 50s!