Mumbai: Akshay Kumar’s ‘Patiala House’ boosts an impressive line of ace cricketers. From biggies like Hershelle Gibbs to Wasim Akram, the film also features some controversial ones like Andrew Symonds. While the makers insist that PH focuses on father-son relationship, the enormous line of world class players makes the ‘relationship’ bit, more like the backdrop than the focus.
Speaking to a daily, a source revealed, "There is a huge list of cricketers that will put any IPL team to shame. Cricketers like ex England captain Nassir Hussain, New Zealand`s Brendon McCullum, South African dashing opener Hershelle Gibbs, IPL`s most expensive player Kieron Pollard, the controversial Andrews Symonds, Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, Sri Lankan`s Tilakratne Dilshan, England`s legendary Graham Gooch, Pakistan`s Wasim Akram, and Australia`s Mathew Hayden are all part of the cricket matches that feature Akshay as one of the team members."
However, director Nikhil Advani maintained that the film is actually about a strained relationship between a father and son and that cricket is the main reason for their conflict.
On contacting Bhushan Kumar, the producer of the film, he confirmed, "Nikhil Advani was very keen that we do justice to the script, in which Akshay is a player from the England team and they are participating in the World Cup matches. So, the film needed to have a lot of known faces. That`s when we approached these guys, sent them the scripts and got them on board."
Inquired if they could act? "Shooting with the cricketers was amazing," said Kumar, "We thought Akshay would require a lot of practice and that we would have to cheat and re create shots but he was amazing while playing with them”, he added.
‘Patiala House’ likely to have its theatrical release around the World Cup this year.