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Akshay Kumar dreams of being a fast bowler in “Patiala House.”

Rishi Kapoor is head of the household in “Patiala House.”

“Patiala House” Starring Akshay Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Anushka Sharma, Prem Chopra, Tinu Anand, Soni Razdan, Hard Kaur; directed by Nikhil Advani; music by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.

From the director of “Kal Ho Na Ho” and “Salaam E Ishq,” this emotional family drama set in England looks at racial barriers and the generational conflicts that arise from migration. Leaving his recent comedic roles behind, Akshay Kumar plays Gattu, the son of Gurtej Singh Khalon, played by veteran Rishi Kapoor. As a youngster, Gattu gives up his dream of being a fast bowler because his father doesn’t want him to play for his adopted country. Accepting his father’s aspirations, he now runs a corner store in Southall, tends to his customers, listens to the neighborhood boys playing cricket in the alley and remembers his lost dream. He tolerates snide remarks and understands his siblings’ bitterness until he meets Simran, played by Anushka Sharma. She gives him courage to pursue his dreams of playing cricket for England. Real life mom-in-law Dimple Kapadia plays Gattu’s mother. Shot primarily in England, including: Covent Garden, Harrow, Southall and Nottingham Trent Bridge cricket grounds, the makers say the film is about second chances and following your ambitions. It features cricketers from several teams, including England, South Africa, India and Pakistan. Music by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy is sure to linger with you long after you watch the movie.






Priyanka Chopra with Neil Nitin Mukesh, husband No. 1, in “7 Khoon Maaf.”

Priyanka Chopra with Irfan Khan, husband No. 2, in “7 Khoon Maaf.”

“7 Khoon Maaf” Starring Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham, Irfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Annu Kapoor, Vivaan Shah, Ushu Uthup; directed by Vishal Bhardwaj; music by Vishal Bhardwaj.

The acclaimed Vishal Bhardwaj directs this black comedy thriller based on the short story, “Susanna’s Seven Husbands,” by Ruskin Bond, who also makes a cameo appearance in the film. Priyanka Chopra plays charming, enigmatic Susanna who marries seven times over the course of 35 years due to the untimely and mysterious deaths of her unfortunate husbands. She is the prime accused but did her husbands deserve to die? First, there’s the dashing but older Major Rodriques, played by Neil Nitin Mukesh, then musically talented Jimmy, played by John Abraham. A romantic by nature, Susanna falls for the poet Musafir, played by Irfan Khan. Then there’s the Russian, Mr. Vronsky. By now, the police are interested. Officer Keemat Lal, played by Annu Kapoor, makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Depressed and sick, Naseeruddin Shah arrives as her savior Dr. Tarafdar. Her last and youngest husband is played by Vivaan Shah, who is actor Naseeruddin Shah’s son. Konkona Sen Sharma makes a guest appearance. A Hollywood make-up artist was hired to create special prosthetics for Priyanka, whose character ages from 20 to 65. Expectations are high from the director of “Maqbool,” “Omkara” and “Kaminey.”

Compiled by SHEPHALI J. RELE

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