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Akshay regains his glory

By K N Gupta

Eye TV India Bureau

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Usman Qureshi

Director: Nikhil Advani

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Bollywood's khiladi actor Akshay Kumar is back to his glorious past with his latest flick 'Patiala House'. This is indeed his finest ever. The credit for this goes to the other cast too; they include veteran Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia and the latest glamorous girl Anushka added to the Bollywood list. Yes, Akshay excels over his earlier box office hits likes of 'Namastey London' and 'Singh Is Kinng'. This is significant inasmuch as the Khiladi actor has had at least three flops - 'Khatta Meetha', 'Action Replayy' and 'Tees Maar Khan' during the last six months.

Another important feature is that 'Patiala House' is Akki's serious movie unlike his previous humorous ones because its director Nikhil Advani focuses on the relationship between a father and a son. In fact, it revolves around the conflicts in their relationship. Besides, the movie revolves around the sport of cricket, and this in the wake of the Cricket World Cup 2011. The movie imparts a message to the Gen next that they should make the most of their life that they have got for once only; they better not bank on sheer luck and behave like cowards.

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In this movie, Akshay Kumar as Pargat Singh Kahlon Gattu alias Gattu desires to play International Cricket for England but his father played by veteran Rishi Kapoor doesn't allow him like all the parents. The father is afraid that his son might face racial discrimination. However, Dimple Kapadia lends full support to Gattu, and so also Anushka Sharma in the role of Simran; she provides moral as well as mental support. Thus, Gattu gets over his bossy Bauji and turns out to be a cricketer for England. The Kahlon family ruled by Rishi Kapoor lives at Patiala House located in Southall of London. Everyone follows his diktats as he tries to hold onto his 'Indian values' in the land of the white people. The younger generation at Patiala House wants to assert themselves and follow their cherished dreams, but is held back by their respect and love for Bauji and the shining example of Rishis eldest son, Akshay Kumar.

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The movie has all the plus points like good plot, screenplay and very well written dialogues. Other departments don't lag behind. The performances by the cast, the music and the cinematography are excellent. Performance-wise, 'Patiala House' as said above is Akki's best so far. Rishi Kapoor and Dimple fare brilliantly well. The screen couple isn't new- it had created a kind of history by their 'Bobby'. Dimple looks natural; after all she is Akki's mother-in-law (Akki's wife Twinkle's mother). The stunning performance by Anushka Sharma, Akki's romance, both in her dialogue delivery and dance and song proves that she is on way to turn Bollywood's most likable actress.

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The USP of the movie are a few striking moments provided in the script written by Nikhil Advani and Anvita Dutt Guptan. Both take you back to the days of a younger Rishi Kapoor and the young Akshay played by Usman Qureshi. Director Nikhil Advani proves his skill while brilliantly handling the father-son sequences. Akshay plays very well Gattu's complex role of looking cheerful against all odds besides proving his bowling skills on screen. Less said is better about Rishi Kapoor cast as the patriarch of a family settled in the UK. His dialect and body language are noteworthy. Among others, Armaan Kirmani n the role of Akshay's brother and Jeneva Talwar as Armaan's pregnant wife are excellent. Usman Qureshi playing young Akki again looks real .Tinnu Anand fares well too.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music, especially the main track "Kyun Main Jaagoon…" and the background scores are fantastic. So is "Laungda Lashkara…". Santosh Thundiyil's cinematography is fascinating.

Overall, one could miss it only at one's loss!

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