Patiala House

wogma rating: Add to that never-watched 'To Watch' list (?)

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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Director: Nikhil Advani
Running time: 150 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Sports
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Akshay Kumar - My system is now trained to bring a flow of reflex actions at the mention of the name - that of a grimace, which turns into a cringe and ends in a shudder. And that's sad because we have seen glimpses of the actor in him in Aankhen and if I remember right, Khakee. I know that's too few and way too far between considering the colossal blunders that he has made since then. But the 'never say die' spirit in me still looks for those glimpses, after all I go there to watch a good film.

So after neutralizing the Akshay-Kumar effect, I set out to watch the trailer.

This one completely leaves me with mixed feelings. The themes it seems to be touching upon interest me a lot - racism; the confusion that the second generation of Indians abroad faces; the disparity in the thinking process of generations. And at the same time, I'm so worried that the fight against discrimination very quickly turns into jingoism; talk about generation gap transforms into glorifying family values beyond what they are and so on.

Fortunately there are enough decent dialogues in there, to even out this skepticism. So the fingers are crossed. Only not too tightly, because director Nikhil Advani has also given us Chandni Chowk to China and no one can be forgiven for such a thing. And this is coming from someone who enjoyed most of Salaam-e-ishq. I can only imagine how wary the people who hated that one too must be, if they care enough in the first place that is.

Oh yeah, and how can we forget Ms. Anoushka Sharma who just might tilt the balance in the film's favor.

Anyhow, the songs are a mixed bag too. The pacy ones are not too inspiring and can't imagine them motivating anyone to go to the theaters. But the softer songs are playing on a loop right now.

Music reviews:
milliblog - "gains a lot from its elegant melodies!"
music aloud - "8.25/10"
Apun Ka Choice - "3/5"
Bollyspice - "1.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "4/5"
HappySing - "Overall, Patiala House may not be among the best of Shankar Ehsaan Loy, but like most of their albums, the album has some freshness, and some good ol’ things."
IANS - "neither bad nor brilliant"
Rediff - "3.5/5"
Glamsham - "4/5"

- meeta, a part of the audience

Either you or someone really close to you has been a victim of patriarchal monarchy. That makes the first half of Patiala House so easy to identify with. But in vain because the second half is diametrically opposite. Patiala House goes all filmy on us, not that it’s a surprise given the director's earlier ventures and that it is an Akshay Kumar film and that it is set in Punjab of the UK. Now there's a stereotype that justifies itself if there was one. And it is frustrating as a viewer.

A well-established, decently-performed, smartly-edited, first hour sinks into mediocrity just as the characters are talking about trying to make most of their average lives. Here we start off with - - a brilliantly balanced view about racism, changing times, generation gaps, deep-rooted Indian culture, and its misgivings; - a pointer that each family has a a-la-Nirmala-from-Khoobsurat type strong and respected personality who keeps the family going and yet is the villain; - arguments for and against a characters and what made them the way they are; - a comment on human nature and how most of us are ready with a scapegoat to blame our failures on; - a woman's need to be a savior and how she invariably falls in love with the guy who she thinks needs her

How and why, why, why does it change into ridiculously quick, or rather, convenient character transitions, lame situations, clichéd resolutions, and a oh-not-so-fun walk towards the climax?? It barely looks like the same person wrote the remaining hour and a half.

The standards set by this very industry make us expect a loud film whenever there are Punjabi characters, and with a name like Patiala House, there no room for doubt. But the silent first few minutes come as a lovely surprise. The grainy flashback interspersed with Parghat Singh Kahlon/Gattu's (Akshay Kumar) current life gives you hope of a good couple of hours ahead.

This anticipation is met with a screenplay that sets up a good understanding between Parghat and his father, Bauji (Rishi Kapoor). Alongside, it also reinforces the equation that bauji has with his family and the larger community. It introduces you to and makes you comprehend his thought process. He was the one who stood up against racists. He was the one who brought dignity back to the community that was wronged. Of course, people respected him for what he had done. Of course, this fed his ego and he was proud that peopled followed his will like it was law. And of course, there was unrest. All this without a dialogue to that effect, just through performances. And yes, I had actually begun enjoying an Akshay Kumar film.

I declare cricket to be the mantra! Patiala Househas done for Akshay Kumar what Chak De! did to Shah Rukh Khan and dare I say Lagaan did to Aamir Khan - bring out one of their best, if not THE best, performances thus far. It is pure joy to see a loud actor like Akshay Kumar play a meek guy and yet not make the character look like a buffoon. Equal credit to the writing and direction. How I wish he didn't break the bubble by slipping into Akki-mode every once in a while, especially the romantic moments.

Fortunately, there weren't too many of those. His love interest, Simran (Anushka Sharma) is not the focus of the story. Her strong character knew when to step on the sidelines which also made her look inconsistent. But then again, the focus of the story was Bauji and not Simran, so who cares, right?

Yet, Anushka certainly does her best to help Simran bring a smile and more from the audience. The lady has a screen presence that is rare even a part of it is owed to overacting - she is bright and refreshing. It might not stay fresh for too long if she continues to play the same type of a role again and again, though. Another woman who is just effective by her presence is Dimple Kapadia. With barely a couple of lines for her, she registers her silent protests.

The rest of the cast is apt in being bitchy, resigned, cool, caricatured, confrontational, and so on. A reasonable variety of characters is on display only for the pack of cards to fall. I guess I'll just thank them for not doing the many things they could have done to go overboard in the last few minutes. Oh well.

Anyway, with Valentine's Day coming up, you'd expect a romantic movie to be out this Friday. But, I guess, no popular holiday can replace the cricket world cup that begins next week. Unfortunately, Patiala House is a lame opening ceremony, especially with god-awful camerawork that captures the cricketing moments. Anyway, a half-good ceremony is only half-good (pliss to appreciate my attempt at inane commentary!)

- meeta, a part of the audience

46 reviewers(?) - 13 yays 17 so-so 16 nays

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Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...PATIALA HOUSE is an underdog. The expectations are zilch, the odds are not in its favor, but the film throws a pleasant surprise. Go for it! ... full review

Thumbs up, Bollywood Mantra : ...Nikhil has well lifted the congestion of Gattu, whether to cherish his dream and go against his family. ... full review

Thumbs up, desi hits : ...Anushka Sharma is a gem but her romantic relationship with Akshay is also very shallow taking away from the strength of this film.... full review

Thumbs up, by Kakoli Mukherjee, : ...But the bravo performance of the father-son duo does not allow you to mull over the discrepancies much, and keeps connecting with the audience throughout. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Pankaj Sabnani, : ...Akshay Kumar, teaming up with Nikhil after CHADNI CHOWK TO CHINA, is first-rate as he delivers a very restrained performance. He looks convincing as a cricketer and never goes overboard.... full review

Thumbs up, by Aakash Barvalia, : ...If not Six, it’s definitely a Four!... full review

Thumbs up, by Tushar Joshi, MiD DAY : ...Akshay's fans will enjoy his new form. This one may not score a sixer, but it manages to dispatch one to the boundary.... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...Well Bowled, Akshay!... full review

Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Now : ...Though scarce, the moments between Akshay and Dimple are very precious.... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, : could miss it only at one's loss! ... full review

Thumbs up, by K K Rai, STARDUST : ...Akshay successfully presents the facet of a son who sacrifices his dreams for his father’s wish, but still keeps smiling, as if nothing had happened and he was alright with the decision. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Pratim D Gupta, The Telegraph : ...Rishi Kapoor is expectedly solid as the Rock of Southall. Wish there was more of Dimple, though.... full review

Thumbs up, by SpiceZee Bureau, Zee News : ...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. ... full review

So-So, by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...One moment, Advani wants you to yank out your kerchiefs to dry the moistened eyes, the next he tries to regale you with the antics of the Punjabi brood with its bunch of wannabes.... full review

So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Wouldn’t this story have hit its high points equally well had Gattu been a single child? Why grapple with delineating so many characters who add so little? ... full review

So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...It neither makes you laugh whole heartedly nor does it make you cry with all that family drama being shown on the screen in its final moments... full review

So-So, by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online : ...More than the scripting, its the editing that stands to blame for the disappointment the film peters down to, after an exhilerating start, stretching the film beyond tolerable limits.... full review

So-So, by Vikramjit, Desi Martini : ...It ends up being just a wishy-washy film, because to relate to an underdog story, you need to see how the protagonist could've REALLY done it.... full review

So-So, by Rhea, Desi Martini : ...The story has been written in a hurry. Like the way I make up fake scripts in my 50 minute metro ride. ... full review

So-So, by Yusuf Poonawala, Desi Martini : ...The film is high on emotions, drama but in bits and pieces. Thanks to the mediocre screenplay by Nikhil Advani & Anvita Dutt Guptan. ... full review

So-So, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Overall though its a decent movie to watch if you can sit through the slightly tedious first half.... full review

So-So, by Manu Agarwal, Desi Martini : ...Apart from 'Laung da Lashkara', there are no hummable numbers either.... full review

So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...hank God then, that the lead actors’ performance, which also includes a vibrant and peppy performance by Anushka Sharma saves the grace... full review

So-So, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...With lines written in Yash Chopra land--kal chup ek biwi thi, aaj bol ek maa rahi hai; and gaaliyon ka shor taaliyon main chhup jayega--and enough cricket to keep the kids happy, this is a family drama for the family. ... full review

So-So, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...The director does a smart thing by keeping the romance between Kumar and Sharma understated, though the former looks uncomfortably older in a couple of scenes. But we overlook this because after a long time we’ve seen Akshay bringing something more than a smirk, and a shaved chest, to his part. ... full review

So-So, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...As does the lazy writing – none of the other family members make an impression and Bauji is such an exasperating character that even Rishi Kapoor can’t humanise him.... full review

So-So, by Ashok Nayak, Now : ...Anushka Sharma, who has great screen presence, does very well and effectively supports Akshay. ... full review

So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...The same cannot be said about Rishi's agenda as the chauvinistic bully spoiling the picture. A sketchily written part dilutes his aggressive patriotism and anti-racial stand into a comical, pig-headed Scrooge yet to come-of-age. ... full review

So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...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. ... full review

So-So, by Mr Care, Upper Stall : ...Rishi Kapoor and Akshay Kumar have clearly etched roles, and they fill them out well. While it is good to see Akshay in a quieter, more real avatar, you also feel that he could have shown more range.... full review

Thumbs down, : ...entertaining in parts but fails in entirety... full review

Thumbs down, by Gaurav, Desi Martini : ...Do not enter this house... full review

Thumbs down, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Mildy Engaging Fare... full review

Thumbs down, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...While the melodrama tugs at your heartstrings in places, Advani chooses hyperbole over subtlety, a trait best left behind in the 1990s. Also, clichés and extremes abound.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Advani squeezes in so many characters that it's hard to keep track of who is who, and how one is related to the other. Fortunately one never really needs to piece together this family tree... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : prepared to be bowled over by Rishi Kapoor, not Akshay Kumar!... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Kapoor is a waste in the role of Gurtej. He screams and terrorizes everyone throughout the film. It is obvious to any discerning film buff that Kapoor does not have to try at all. ... full review

Thumbs down, Mixed Bag : ...Kash apne life ko hum rating de paate to 1 se jyaada na de paate 5 main se... full review

Thumbs down, by India Syndicate, MSN Entertainment : ...Old wine in older bottle... full review

Thumbs down, by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror : ...The same old pitch... full review

Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored : ...Santosh Thundiyil’s cinematography is uneven, too bright or too smudgy.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster : ...The cinematography is very good though. Some shots have been shot brilliantly!... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Anushka Sharma lights up the screen, but again is unstoppably upbeat and smiley. This is a fault of the characterisation more than the actors. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice : ...The lovely Anushka Sharma is a show-stealer. She sparkles and infuses life in every scene. The enthusiasm of her lively character is infectious. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...If the idea was to make a fantasy film, why make Akshay a fast bowler? He could've just played Clark Kent and saved the world.... full review

Thumbs down, by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India : ...The film's music is predictably bhangra with no surprises.... full review

181 tweeters(?) - 117 yays 22 so-so 42 nays

zooee_be: Quite liked Patiala house and got a cab straight after with a Sikh driver! Lol. Lo karlo baat.

xMaydax: Patiala House was awesome!!!

vishraospeak: went with pals for Patiala House. Had a good time. Old style bollywood masala, rona dhona and Akshay being a real hero this time. Satisfied

vishal070486: patiala house is nice may b this 1 goes hit for akki

vcoolsingh: patiala house rocks

tusharpatel1234: Patiala house good movie. Time pass

TrulyAditi: Saw Patiala House yesterday.Really liked it.Storyline is predictable but everyone's portrayed their role beautifully plus awesome music too!

taurian83: patiala house scores wit equal amount of comedy sentiment romance and drama Anushka is a treat to watch

tasken89: patiala house is awesome..must see.

swarnadeepM: Just watched patiala house.good movie

suri5ingh: Patiala House... A healthy dose of laughs, emotions and bollyness-ness... Well done @HardKaurWorld... Go watch it tweeps! #bollywood

sumsinghal: patiala house. emotional, entertaining, melodrama, etc. Most important: Anoushka

sumitgonnarock: Looks like AKshay is back his Patiala house is jus superb film with NEW HIT MACHINE Anoushka Sharma alongside just go and watch it guys

sulabhpuri: Saw Patiala House, for a change Akshay Kumar did a good job, no slapstick comedy.. nice movie.. 3.5 stars out of 5 #flicks #movies

sshashanksaket: watch patiala house today nice movie akshay u rock man n rishi uncle ur jus grt...n anushka m speechless.. gd work nikhil ur bck

srijanapiya17: Ok,I take it all back.'Patiala House' so worth it!Akshay superb as wimpy sonny-turned-rebel.Knocks the socks off 'Actor-Actors'.30 Maar wha?

spydee008: Watched Patiala House, Amazing Movie. Akshay & Anushka Rocks the screen. She is HOT & great Acting.

SoniaJazz: Grrr ! Me Love Akshay Kumar In Patiala House (:

sonataca: I wonder why Patiala House didn't get a good opening, it seemed like a good movie to me, I guess people like more adultish movies now

Sonaaashi786: Mindblowing starcast of Patiala House, simplistic, logical movie which all can relate to! Will be a superhit inshallah!☺

singhcd: #singhcdFILMreviews Patiala House - its the best Akshay can act and has ever acted.Music adds to the melodrama.

simonrimal: Just watched patiala house..was a great, so touching...AK has dn a grt job phew!!!one of the best movies from Akki sure:)

silverstalin: after a long and many flops..i think Akshay kumar Would regain his name with d film 'patiala house'..d film is formulaic but feel-good..

siddharth2200: Patiala peg,sry patiala house is v gud..

shwethafire: Yesterday i saw AKSHAY KUMAR MOVIE Patiala House and i enjoyed it!!!Typical punjbai movie!!!!

ShomailaAzeem: Loved Patiala House Akshay Kumar was great

SharmaTweeting: patiala house worth a watch

Shaafi88: who watches bollywood movies? go and watch Patiala house it was brilliant love @akshaykumar and @anushkasharma01 's acting in it 10/10 :):)

SaraMurad10: All whats been on my mind at school was patiala house. still cant get the movie out of my mind! God i love @akshaykumar & anushka! Akshay <3

sanketpushkarna: patiala house first day first show awesome movie

sanjuluvsu: Patiala house was worth a watch :)

SALMAN4454: patiala house is nice film.

salgar: saw "Patiala House" over the weekend; just about brave enough to admit that I liked it. :)

s_kpr: just watched patiala house.....its really a nice movie!!!!!:))

rusticfervor: PATIALA HOUSE is amazing..truly gr8 piece of work. all the actors r perfect... everyone chasing their dreams should watch it...@PatialaHouse

rockstar_A: so just watched patiala house again... love @anushkasharma01 mucho.. can't get enough of her

robinhoodkings: patiala house is a good family movie

renushenu: Saw Patiala House & liked! Just the 34yr old grown man sobbing was a bit much... Hard Kaur acting debut- not bad, not bad at all. cute!

Puujjjaaaa: Saw patiala house loved it

PunjabiMoh: Just saw Patiala House, awesome movie! good job @akshaykumar and @anushkasharma01 !!! lots of drama emotion laughter and Cricket!

pulkittripathi: Awesome movie Patiala awesome actor Akki..seen by awesome fan of Akki......Pulkit..woooooooooooow

premthelove: omgg watched "Patiala House' i dont know what to say about your performance... outstanding.. just awesome.… (cont)

prashant29nov: go n see patiala house i m seeing it frm last 3 days .....rocking movie by akki ......

pandeyk66: Dont expect Patiala House to be wildly funny or full of sport, but it is fun. purely entertaining fun

nizbizz: Awsome RT @xmanishaa: @ekta06 how's patiala house? @bankerrahul

NikhilTwitler: Beautiful family movie must watch patiala house... Mind blowin hit frm ma side.. I found sumthin new n interesting ***/5 stars frm ma side.

NFirdaws: Watched a movie called Patiala House...really sweet, yet really unrealistic. Since when do you need a police escort to a cricket match?

NehaUnEdited: Enjoyed Patiala House! Good point captured in Punjabi families.

Naz_Guman: saw movie Patiala House 2day.Akki & Anushka Sharma r rockin..Chemi of Akki&Anush was fabulous..gr8 senti story, nice songs, paisa vasool :)

Navneet1391983: watch Patiala House, finally AK Has given a good movie to watch.

narangkaran: In other news, saw Patiala House last night. Good movie. Akshay Kumar is back on track I guess.

naila_shab: WATCHED "PATIALA HOUSE" !!just love akshay kumar !!! gud movie

MultiAdhya: hello everyone just watched patiala house!!!!! gr8 movie... go watch it

micky_MRperfect: akki's latest movie PATIALA HOUSE is superb dudes....................

meenakshitweets: 'Patiala House' slowly grows into you...the story and the intensity, though you know the end.

MayankBajoria: watched Patiala House.. jst luvd it!! well contrued nd directd. gud muvie for dreamchasers!!

manthrapraneeth: Caught the magic of Patiala House.A Good recovery form Akshay Kumar.Not the best but a good work!

manjarimukul: Just watched Patiala house,nice movie,gud effort n performances..well done.

manish_kumar89: Patiala house a good movie to spend your cash on ..............

lisa4srk: I loved Patiala House!!! Loved it. Found it funny and moving and the setting was believable.

laurenpragg: 'Patiala House' least it made me appreciate good Bollywood.

kkrazykrupa: Patiala House is all about attachments,affiliation and bondings.Drama and criket is a good combination _ 3 stars for sure

Kirk009: PATIALA HOUSE " available at . watch it, nice movie

Keviv_uk: Patiala House is a good watch. A great understated performance by Akshay in recent times. Only flaw was the extensive cast of characters.

KaySyd: Patiala House.... Amazin'!

kathyfgibson: My Access Bollywood review of the sports flick "Patiala House," a decent starter movie for those new to Hindi cinema.

karankundaann: akshay aap ki patiala house super hit hai.par exams k samay release karne se.kuch aap ko effect ho sakta hai

jassuluvsmusic: Patiala house was real good. @AkshayKumar made an amazing comeback. Ahhh yeah

indra_miniro: PATIALA HOUSE Nice movie............Gattu=Kaali,But d most important note is that andrew symonds played d negative role.......

imthechetan: Patiala House is good movie to watch........4 out of 5

ImARoy12: Just saw Patiala House :) akshay kumar was so wonderful to c him so serious..learned a lot from this movie!


iluvroses84: Patiala House was GREAT!!! I enjoyed it immensely :) Go watch it if you have a chance. Akshay was brilliant. Hard Kaur.. not so much.

hyderabadcompas: Patiala House - If you are a parent, then this movie is a must watch. Many parents have prejudices about what...

hinka2010: PATIALA HOUSE made me cry blockbuster movie

Hina_Ali786: Watched patiala house today! The film is actually really good! Something different u tweeps should watch!

HeartAishwarya: Patiala House is such a great film. Well done to all the cast and crew for making it fantastic!!

harshankola: Patiala House is good movie to watch, if you do not belong to the deGENIUSized population.

Harschell07: AK good come back. Patiala House – Movie Review Rating: ****

guruprasadah: Patiala House a good movie. Akshay Sir u have done a very good job. And so is Anushka and Rishi Sir. I wish it will be a Hit. All the best.

goutamdey16: Just watched PATIALA HOUSE. And I liked it. They have executed the movie well. The matches could have been shown better, but still its Good.

gautamrulez: Akshay Kumar is back...Patiala House is surprisingly good!

GarimaAgrawal: Patiala House was Good!!!

funky_kunal: Hey wassup folks back from patiala house. It is a heartwarming story about a father and son relationship

ektaaa: Patiala House was amazing !!

edayfaz: Patiala House best...

drashtibuch: Hey u know wat! I liked patiala house main sane akshaye kumar! Nice nice!

dhroova_thakkar: i joy move vare much & PATIALA HOUSE GOOD MOVE ;

deepamitkhona: just watched patiala house, it's awesome........

deepak382: hiiiiiiii akshay............patiala house movie was great...........please say hii to me,its deepak

blahssome: Patiala House is a good entertainer if you ignore a few minor issues. Better than I expected. Good to see Akshay not behaving like a jackass

bhavvik: Patiala house is a very nice movie @akshaykumar is excellent!

bhatialalit: Enjoyed Patiala house yesterday

bharatagarwal02: Patiala House Nice movie After Long time Akshay Kumar Has Got supern movie with wonderful songs Patial House is good Akshay Kumar Rocks!!

ashutosh_bansal: Saw #Patiala House.. Really very good movie.. Liked everyones work, the plot, direction, music, everythin..

Ashishjourno: Hi, Watch 'Patiala House'..Verey cricket Lover shud watch it. Scnd half much more appealing. Akshay, Rishiji, Dimpleji nd Ahushka all rock..

ashipai: Loved patiala house. Anushka sharma is soooooo coool

ARIN0007: just watched the movie "patiala house"......nice movie...liked it !!

archit0078: Patiala house n patiala pegg rocks

aravind_dasari: Patiala House is the most sensible movie Akshay Kumar has done in his last 3 yrs....Finally not a Comedy Film !!! Thank God

araf_nishu: patiala house is an awasome movie

ankit1608: Patiala house rockzzzzz

ananditabakshi: Saw patiala house ... Typical bollywood movie ... Liked it :)

anand29: Patiala House is movie worth a watch. No one Killed Jessica and now this, 2011 seems better for the movie lovers.

amitgupta: Patiala House is gud family movie, been long time since I liked a new bollywood movie. RK's char's psyche kinda touches inside. /cc @kamla

ambitiousamu: loved "Patiala House"..If you dream of something then have the power to make it happen :)

amartyasarkar: Watched Patiala House tonight...Old Wine in new Bottle...worth seeing, specially when WC is on the cards !!


ajeetb68: Just watched patiala house..was a great, so touching...AK has dn a grt job phew!!!one of the best movies from Akki sure:))))

AjayDevganFan: Watched 'Patiala House' last night, really good film..Rishi Kapoor,Anushka Sharma were great..and Akshay Kumar was at his best...

Against_Pseudos: Patiala House is one of the better movies to hit the silver screens in recent times. Casting director deserves credit. Kudos.

aditya_patil_: Patiala House is an entertaining flick ! worth a one-time watch for sure! go for it tweeps !

abisahni: wht a film patiala house aweaome acting by akshay kr. *****

aarti0604: Patiala house!!! A must watch!!!

12vedams: Watched Patiala House last night at Prasad's!! Good movie!!!

12345gbha: patiala house is good movie and performance is good 5/2.5

_Shibani_: hmmm saw patiala house today...nice movie...a must watch

vidyabharambe: patiala house... Nytime better than the continuous list of flops - Action Replay, Khata meetha and top of the flop list tees maar khan...

tejhattiangadi: Watched Patiala House. Just about watchable IMO

Sparklinglory: So Patiala House is an average movie. Good performances. And heartwarning to watch Rishi Kapoor on big screen.

singhthing: Saw Patiala House today. Decent acting by Akshay+Anushka, weak plot but watchable. 3 stars. @annavetticad's review was right on the money!

shyamyag: Akshay in Housefull + Anushka in BBB + Rishi Kapoor in Do Dooni Chaar = Patiala House. One time watch.

sandeep_bamzai: Just saw patiala house, much better from akshay kumar, at least he is not pulling faces in this one, welcome back

rupakrishnan: Patiala house - cd've bn shorter, music MUCH better (just coz it's bhangra don't blow my ears off) & anushka very cool! &

rachit_kh: Patiala House..decent movie wid too much mellowdrama..

pardhas: Patiala House is an okay movie- lots of emotions, some sport and a bit of fun! Worth a dekko once!

kavitajha9: watched out patiala is ok....gud acting by rishi kapoor....timepass movie !

karina5555: saw movie," Patiala House". Akshay kumar's acting saw nice. i give it *** out of ***** stars.i didn't like Anushka Sharma's acting.

jaymathur: Saw 'Patiala House' last evening & it wasn't bad. Decent watch if you've got nothing better to go for.

HarrySinghSohal: Just seen Patiala House. Wasn't bad, not #epic like #Lagaan though! Anushka Sharma is hotttttttt

guptadh: Patiala House... ★★★

gsk101: Patiala House movie is ok - Akshay not the same without Kat ...

gauravbatla: Patiala house: Good movie, badly made 6/10

filmnews4u: Patiala House: 3/5 #Hindi #Bollywood #Rating

enthrallingabhi: watchd patiala house this evnng..typcl melodramatic hindi cinema bt watchable!! gud cmbck by akki..!! bin a gud weekend...partied as well!

darklordkk: #Patiala House - Cliched but enjoyable. One thing worth the price of admission all my itself?? #HardKaur singing Bhajans. #priceless

BrillzLife: Movie Review Patiala House - Rating 3/5@BrillzLife via @AddThis

Atul22joshi: Patiala House......... : Average movie : Rishi Kapoor : Very good..

Amittotweet: Watched Patiala house..a one time watch imo

zauq: Patiala House has many shortcomings.... but where the movie falls apart is in the casting of Rishi Kapoor as a strict, hitleresque father

yuvikachaube: At texas fiesta to make up for patiala house disaster

vikmarlabs: Watched Patiala house.....disappointing!!!!!

twilightfairy: So many stereotyped characters in patiala house. wish they'd got jess bhambra too. at least she Could've acted.

twarunesh: Dont watch #patiala house! Dumb movie! Drama overdose!

Swapnil_Patil: "Patiala House" is slow..very sloow..very very sloooooww !!

sumit_1019: Patiala House Supr Flop.... Shud hve gone for a Patiala Peg instead....

shikhargadia: Patiala house i tell u.. All the expectations went drained. Its a time when AK should gear up. back to back 3 in a row

samiratp: 'Patiala House' was disappointing. But Anushka's good looks and few good acting performances.. there was nothing to relish about.

sachinj79: patiala house worst to watch another disaster by akki

SaAamraj: hehehehehe........:D just saw patiala house.....waste of money guysss!!!:(

sa_hill: patiala house is nothing but a 150 min ad for reebok, cloud9, hdfc and other brands ! wat a shitty film !

s_maheshwari: Watched "patiala house "... Another crap frm bollywood....

rohitnagpal1988: I'll prefer a patiala on the house to a Patiala House any day.

pothuru81: Hate melodramatic stuff like patiala house. Cmon better movies could be made

philipbkk: Patiala House..Akshay Kumar deserves must be so difficult to give flops at this rate

pachori28: patiala house is just like a tees maar khan i.e. bakwaas.

nitishmittal: Patiala House released this Friday. Another example reminding us why hamming is mistaken for acting btw most people. Moronic standards.

nikhilfadnis: ANOTHER AKSHAY KUMAR solo goes down...PATIALA HOUSE 2/5 ...bore plot..sad cast..anushka stood out good...

neomatrixite: Patiala House! #Yawn

mayank_sehgal: Patiala House is a waste.... My advice: Patiala at house is better... lolz

madinsomniac: Anushka Sharma is one beauty in Patiala House.She looks awesome in Sarees.The only Good Discovery in the film.

kanupri: Patiala house is daba gaol movie

jaiprakashkr: "Patiala House" is Very boring film... Anushka sharma is Good...but film is totally flop Mr. Akky when u will give a hit film!!!!!

jainavinash: patiala house 1/2 star (HALF) !!

Indianpjboy: The overdose that #patiala house is, only a magnanimous peg can defibrillate

gobbledyspook: Saw Patiala House - predictable to the core

gadiyars: watched 'Patiala House'...2 stars at best and 2 advils .....please make it 3 to be on the safe side and one large patiala peg recommended.

freaky_ss: akki adds another crap flick string to his bow...PATIALA HOUSE is uncondonable piece of shit

dushy2311: hey went to watch patiala house a boring movie

doodsingh: Patiala House Movie: Another disaster by Akshay Kumar

DhirajMatta: Saw Patiala House....Got A Head Ache...Now Need A Good Patiala On The House To Get Rid Of The Head Ache

dailyfilmdiary: 206. Patiala House - think of this as a repackaged Bend it Like Beckham, expcept its about cricket instead. Sadly not much else to be said.

cupoor: Antidote to Patiala House: Lagaan

coolnavnit: Watched Patiala house. Singh is no more king. Wonder if director / actor watch d movie after it's complete. Below average n must avoid. #fb

chota_bhim: #justwatch patiala house.. #amustnotwatch sochte hai ki india me cricket pe koi bhi movie banaengee to hit ho jayegi.. Huhuhu

chajedsumit: Patiala house is shit!!! Dnt watch it guys..

CeceRana: Patiala house is my #whatthef? movie of the year! would have probably liked it if people had at least got the accent right! nevermind!

AuteurMark: Have you ever watched a terrifying movie? No? Try "Patiala House."

anuvratbhansali: Only the Indian team can reclaim my faith in cricket after Patiala House #WorldCup2011 #Cricket

akhetarpal: It's been another busy weekend. Kids' swimming and birthday parties on Saturday. Also saw Patiala House yesterday - very ordinary movie

1000amps: Patiala House: good performances wasted in stale fare (@ Inox Bangalore Central)

2 readers - 0 yays 2 so-so 0 nays

So-So, by free movies online : Not enjoyed yet

So-So, by lifeonlake : Not Bad

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

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!

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A few fist fights and protest scenes
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Just one club song, but it hardly gets out of hand, other than nothing else
  • Concept: That of balance between respect and being spineless
  • General Look and Feel: Bright and an attempt to remain chirpy.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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Running time:
150 minutes

Comments (5)

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@ligne laung da laskara is one of the ones i thought was ok.

@UK Desi Like Dhana dhan Goal. I don't understand how anyone is to win this fight against racism by calling British locals 'ye gore' or 'ye kaale' in a derogatory tone. The Indians living abroad that hate the locals so bad, shouldn't they come back to India? There is no racism against Indians here. Or are they then bothered by the blatant poverty, dust and all things not-so western? My point is them discriminating against us doesn't make us great or our use of derogatory language right.

NRIs giving out 'holier than thou' spiels while conveniently enjoying everything else about the country they live only sounds like misplaced patriotism - both in reality and in films

@Jai exactly, what i was trying to say!

I'll be quite happy if I get to see any of these movies.

akshay from now on you'd better find an editing job for youself and may god bless you

the first few minutes completely set the mood.. but it drifts into the same monotonousness after a point!

And yes,
"It might not stay fresh for too long if she continues to play the same type of a role again and again, though."
have expressed the same on my blog...

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