Prepare to be bowled over by Indian superstar Akshay Kumar in an on-screen avatar that’s never been presented to audiences before as he spearheads the stellar cast of Patiala House, a universally appealing family drama that speaks of the cross-generational conflicts that arise from migration, resonating with today’s multicultural society.
Produced by Hari Om Entertainment Company, People Tree Films and T-Series, Patiala House is an affecting tale of family ties and duty, a yearning to follow one’s dreams, and trying to make sense of the dichotomies that life presents when one’s family has migrated to another land. Akshay Kumar juggles the contradictory role of a shop keeper from Southall, London respecting his traditionalist father, played by veteran of Indian cinema Rishi Kapoor, while pursuing his dream to play cricket for England.
Directed by Nikhil Advani (Kal Ho Na Ho, Salaam E Ishq), other leading talent in the film include starlet Anushka Sharma and veteran actress Dimple Kapadia. The film also features cricketers from the England, Australia, South Africa, India and Pakistan teams including three former England Captains — David Gower, Nasser Hussain and John Emburey — and an array of British Asian talent including rapper Hard Kaur and actors Armaan Kirmani, Ankush Khanna and Selina Hotwani.
Patiala House is set in Southall, London with 80 per cent of filming having taken place across the UK. The film extends far beyond the cricket pitch — the game is just a catalyst, a tool adopted to touch upon the real message of the film, namely to fulfill one’s dreams and seize the second chance that life offers us, if we missed it the first time round.
Sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali and composed by Shankar Ehsaan and Loy, this song from the OST Gattu’s Theme: ‘Kyun Mein Jaagu’ is full of pain, longing and beautiful notes! Check it out and Akshay in this wonderful promo!