CAST: Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vir Das, Payal Ghosh, Prem Chopra
DIRECTION: Sanjay Chhel
DURATION: 2 hours
Story: Hasmukh Patel (Paresh Rawal), a traditional Gujarati shopkeeper who lives in a gated culture includes a record of dislikes including alcohol, non-veg meals, and Punjabis. Tandon also offers a boy Monty (Vir Das), who’s very like him and drops for Patel’s daughter Pooja (Payal Ghosh). This intensifies the competition between both families.
Overview: Warring neighbors as a storyline isn’t an unusual thing in Bollywood movies. It is an age-old trope, nevertheless, it’s given us pleasure movies that we watch and love till now. ‘Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi’ attempts to operate on these lines but doesn’t succeed.
On paper, there is little not to like in the movie. Together with Rishi Kapoor as the brash but loveable used automobile dealer, Prem Chopra as his whiskey guzzling daddy with a roving eye and Paresh Rawal because of the super conservative Gujarati shopkeeper; the film has a solid cast of characters. Nevertheless, when it comes to implementation, ‘PKPS’ does not really accumulate. Having a choppy edit, over the top performances with and an overkill of despising Paresh Rawal’s role, it looks like a TV series over a movie. It depends heavily on stereotypes because of its humor, which is evident given the movie’s name, but even that falls flat. You expect that the war involving the Gujaratis and the Punjabis will, for once, proceed past the stereotypes. What it is, is that a two-hour-long, predictable movie filled with dull music and loud gags, where characters speak a lot without significance considerably.