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Patiala House is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language sports drama film directed by Nikkhil Advani and starring Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. It was produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Talreja, Krishan Kumar and Twinkle Khanna under the banner of People Tree Films, Credence Motion Pictures and Hari Om Entertainment. The film released on 11 February 2011.[4] The theatrical trailer of the film was premièred with Farah Khan's Tees Maar Khan on 24 December 2010. Akshay Kumar plays the role of a fast bowler,[5] loosely based upon Monty Panesar[6] and its concept was conceived by Rahul Nanda, son of writer Gulshan Nanda.[7][8]

Patiala house
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byNikkhil Advani
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Mukesh Talreja
Krishan Kumar
Twinkle Khanna
Zoeb Springwala
Screenplay byNikkhil Advani
Anvita Dutt Guptan
StarringRishi Kapoor
Dimple Kapadia
Akshay Kumar
Anushka Sharma
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
CinematographySantosh Thundiyil
Edited byManan Sagar
Distributed byT-Series
Release date
  • 11 February 2011 (2011-02-11)
Running time
147 minutes[1]
Budget26 crore (US$3.8 million)[2]
Box office35.3 crore (US$5.1 million)[3]



The movie is about Parghat Singh Kahlon alias Gattu / Kaali (Akshay Kumar) who is living the life his father Gurtej Singh Kahlon (Rishi Kapoor) chose for him. Gattu had been good at cricket and wanted to play for England though his dad would never let him become a member of the England team. His dad had told him if he played he would commit suicide. His siblings hated him as he was an exemplary child in the house. He was alone without many friends until Zeeshan and Simran (Anushka Sharma) come into his life.

In the present day, Gattu gets another chance to fulfil his dream and Simran and his siblings convince him to give it a shot. If he gets on the team, their father might be able to realise that the world isn't as racist as it used to be. As he gets on the team, they hide the fact that Gattu is on the team but their father eventually finds out. Seeing his son on a team he despises gives him a heart attack and he ends up in the Emergency Room. Gattu plays cricket anyway for his siblings. He is deeply hurt to be disgraced by his father but he also loves cricket and hopes to change his father.

The people of Southall all come together and try to convince Gurtej that it is okay to be a cricket player for England. He locks himself inside the house where his wife tells him that she has never acted as a mother, only as a wife and often forgot she was both. She turns on the T.V. wanting to see her son fulfil his dream. Gurtej watches with her and realises how badly he had treated his son. The family comes back in the house and Gurtej requests for one of them to drive him to the stadium. Gattu is playing poorly because he is so upset that his father disgraced him. Only at the last ball of the game, Gattu manages to get Andrew Symonds out for England by using the bowling style of former Indian cricketer Lala Amarnath. His father apologises to him and Gattu's siblings are now able to follow their dreams.



Critical receptionEdit

The film met with mixed reviews. At one end of the scale, Kunal Guha of Yahoo! Movies and Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN gave the film 1.5/5 stars, with Masand arguing that Patiala House was "lacking subtleties and nuances" that could have made it truly heartfelt.[9][10] Similarly, Mayank Shankar of Hindustan Times gave the movie 2/5,[11] and Sonia Chopra of Sify awarded the movie 3/5 stars and described it as "predictable".[12] A similar score was awarded by Anupama Chopra of NDTV who also gave it 3.5/5 stars but the reviewer described it as the "best work director Nikhil Advani and Akshay Kumar have done in recent years" and argued that the movie "never soars but it is a notch better than the mediocre fare that we see every week."[13]

Countering these, more positive reviews came from other sources. Aniruddha Guha from Daily News and Analysis and Sukanya Verma from Rediff Movies each awarded it 3 stars out of five, with Verma acknowledging Akshay's role: "Patiala House rests on Akshay's restraint and valiant performance".[14] Smriti Sharma of India Today gave it 3.5/5 stars, describing it as an emotional journey, and Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama awarded the film four stars, concluding that the "hallmark" of the film was the "merging of its engaging drama with cricket" and describing it as a "compelling watch".[15]

On the review aggregator website ReviewGang, Patiala House has received a score of 8.5/10 from 21 users.[16] On, the film has also received a mediocre rating average of 5.9/10 from over 1000 users.[17]


Patiala House
Soundtrack album by
Released11 February 2011
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length40 minutes
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy chronology
We Are Family
Patiala House
West Is West

The music of the film is composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy. Lyrics are penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan.

Track listing
1."Laung Da Lashkara"Jasbir Jassi, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Hard Kaur5:07
2."Kyun Main Jagoon"Shafqat Amanat Ali5:45
3."Rola Pe Gaya"Shankar Mahadevan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Hard Kaur, Earl, Master Saleem4:31
4."Aadat Hai Woh"Vishal Dadlani4:21
5."Baby When You Talk To Me"Suraj Jagan, Alyssa Mendonsa4:28
6."Tumba Tumba"Hans Raj Hans3:01
7."Aval Allah"Richa Sharma2:30
8."Kyun Main Jaagoon ( Unplugged )"Shafqat Amanat Ali4:11
9."Kyun Main Jagoon ( Remix )"Shafqat Amanat Ali2:27
10."Role Pe Gaya ( Remix )"Shankar Mahadevan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Hard Kaur, Earl, Master Saleem2:48
11."Baby When You Talk To Me ( Remix )"Suraj Jagan, Alyssa Mendonsa2:07
12."Laung Da Lashkara ( Remix )"Jasbir Jassi, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Hard Kaur2:51


Professional ratings
Review scores
Bollywood Hungama     [18]     [19]

The album received positive reviews upon release. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the soundtrack 4 out of 5 stars, saying "Patiala House delivers more than what one expected from the album.[..]it is obvious that listeners could well be picking up the first popular album of the new decade in the Millennium."[18] Rediff in a 3.5 star review said: "Akshay Kumar-Anushka Sharma starrer Patiala House is S-E-L's first release of the year, and it's good news for everyone concerned. You won't feel cheated for having brought an original copy of this CD."[19]


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  2. ^ 109"Akshay: I just want to offer good cinema". Rediff. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  3. ^ "2011 Worldwide Figures: Twenty Films Cross 50 Crore". Box office India. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Patiala House: Complete Cast & Crew Details". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  5. ^ Murzella, Clayton (5 April 2010). "Cricketer Balwinder Singh Sandhu is teaching Akshay to bowl". Mid-Day. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Looking for a full house in Patiala". Times of India. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Rishi, Dimple pair up again". DNA. 4 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Akki and Anushka's dinner date". starboxoffice. 2009. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012.
  9. ^ Masand, Rajeev (12 February 2011). "Masand: 'Patiala House' lacks subtleties, nuances". CNN IBN. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  10. ^ Guha, Aniruddha (11 February 2011). "Review: Watch Patiala House if melodrama is your thing". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  11. ^ Shankar, Mayank (13 February 2011). "Patiala House : Movie Review". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  12. ^ Chopra, Sonia (11 February 2011). "Patiala House review: A redundant story". Sify. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  13. ^ Chopra, Anupama (11 February 2011). "Review: Patiala House". NDTV. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  14. ^ Verma, Sukanya (11 February 2011). "Bend it like Akshay". Rediff Movies. Rediff. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  15. ^ Adarsh, Taran (10 February 2011). "Patiala House: Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Bollywoodhungama. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  16. ^ Patiala House Movie Review Archived 29 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Patiala House (2011) - User ratings
  18. ^ a b "Patiala House : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  19. ^ a b "Review: Patiala House music is quite good – Movies". 10 January 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.

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