Patiala House Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.75/5

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

The script by director Nikhil Advani and Anvita Dutt retreads the familiar ‘family drama’ formula, packing in every cliche that fits. 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.Plotted like those kitchen-sink dramas of the 90s, ‘Patiala House’ is loud and melodramatic, and shamelessly tries to manipulate you into shedding tears. Even the cricket scenes in the film’s second half don’t succeed in arousing any of that edge-of-the-seat anxiety because the screenplay is so predictable. This film may work for those who miss old-fashioned melodramatic entertainers, but I was bored. I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Nikhil Advani’s ‘Patiala House’. Decide for yourself if it’s your cup of tea.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

it does take too long for the transformation of our hero who moves from the background to the foreground after plodding through a somewhat tedious plot which is bogged down by predictability. Every little twist and turn of this self-realisation soap opera is pre-ordained and terribly familiar. So what stands out in this melee of poorly-sketched characters and a stodgy plot? It’s the performances. Patiala House may not match up to his debut film, Kal Ho Na Ho, but director Nikhil Advani does make amends for the disastrous Chandni Chowk to China. Watch this family drama for its redefinition of patriotism in a going-global age, dominated by the growing Indian diaspora.

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 Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

PATIALA HOUSE is not one of those atypical mass entertainers that focuses only on providing entertainment, while the story takes a complete backseat. This one, thankfully, has a story to tell. And an interesting one, frankly.On the whole, PATIALA HOUSE is a film about attachments, affiliations and familial bonding. It’s a compelling watch, more for its drama and histrionics than anything else. It’s a film that explores the father-son relationship and not just those in India, but around the world should be able to relate to the predicament depicted in this film. The hallmark of the film is the merging of its engaging drama with cricket and that’s what makes this product stand out from the earlier Akshay starrers. Especially its penultimate 30 minutes, which is the brightest spot of this enterprise.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV

Patiala House is the best work director Nikhil Advani and Akshay Kumar have done recently. It is an old-fashioned Hindi movie with big drama, solid dialogue-baazi and moments that are genuinely moving and rousing.Akshay as Gattu, a forlorn man who has watched his dreams die, is effectively restrained and refreshingly sincere. But all of this is servicing a story that is so silly and strained that it’s hard to get swept up in the histrionics.As a result of which, Patiala House never soars but it is a notch better than the mediocre fare that we see every week. If you have patience and not much else going on, check it out.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

Some things never change. One of them is our obsession with drama.Filmmaker Nikhil Advani delivers one with tons of pomp, colour and gusto in Patiala House, a film that’s surprisingly alright in spite of the obviousness of its generic plot and sloppy screenplay by Advani and Anvita Dutt, also the lyricist in the enterprise. And so Patiala House turns into a Gurinder-less Bend it like Beckham meets kind of a Goodbye, Lenin! The foolhardiness works purely on the strength of Akshay’s vulnerability and restraint. He succeeds in making a connect with the viewer  If ‘filmi’ still excites you, you’ll enjoy the certainty of it all. If not, you probably never read this.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Sonia Chopra Site:Sify

Director Nikhil Advani’s (Kal Ho Na Ho, Salaam-e-Ishq, Chandni Chowk to China) storytelling is archaic and simplistic. So director Nikhil Advani makes a cocktail of elements that have known to work with the Indian viewers: there’s the A-list actors, a shaadi, fast-paced songs, drama and of course, cricket.It’s a decent cocktail, but how many times are viewers expected to order the same thing?

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA

Patiala House gets going only after the interval. Till then, writers Anvita Dutt Guptan and Nikhil Advani (also the director) take forever to set up the story, based in London’s Southall area.The thing that works in Patiala House’s favour is that you walk in to watch an Akshay Kumar film with such low expectations nowadays that a film bordering on mediocrity is a pleasant surprise. Patiala House falls in a similar bracket, as Advani throws away the opportunity to make a real tearjerker.Give the film a shot if formulaic melodrama is your thing. Patiala House has it in abundance.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Sabnani Site:Glamsham

Nikhil Advani keeps the narrative to the point, avoiding all the redundancies in the first half. Post the interval, the Nikhil goes a bit wayward in his direction. The entire plan and more so its execution is just too convenient. The plot is no doubt predictable. You roughly know what will happen in the end. But how Nikhil reaches there is plausible. PATIALA HOUSE is a heart-warming drama. Do pay a visit to this house with your family. A fun time is guaranteed.

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