By Hindustan Times
Akshay Kumar is now in the mood for intense and dramatic roles and will be seen as a Sikh guy trapped in the patriarchal family system in Patiala House.
“It was a conscious decision to do a serious role because it’s been three years since I’ve done something like this. The last was
Namastey London. I’ve been away from it for quite sometime now and was concentrating on comedy. So I thought of changing focus and doing something serious,” says Akshay.
“While playing the character, I felt that I’m playing what real people go through in life, what circumstances they face. I’m not playing just a role, it is a culmination of the lives of common people out there,” added the 43-year-old.
Set in London, Patiala House is about Akshay Kumar’s character Gattu, trapped between his dreams and his father’s aspirations for him. Akshay says what drove him to the role was that his life story was completely opposite to his character in the movie. “My father supported my dreams. He worked double shifts so that I could train in martial arts. I grew up with love and support from my parents. So that’s why it was so endearing to play a son, who forgets his dreams for his father’s,” he says.
The film has Akshay sharing screen space with his real life mother-in-law Dimple Kapadia. “My mother-in-law and I are inseparable...She is a fun lady,” he says. On his co-star Anushka, he says: “Anushka shocked me with her expertise. She will go very far,” he says.