The new movie Patiala House is a family drama based on a shopowner’s son who longs to play cricket for England. The film’s star Akshay Kumar gives us the lowdown on his role.

Do you relate strongly with YOUR character?

Yes to a very great extent, I do. In a way I can say that Parghat Singh Kahlon or Gattu, as a character is an amalgamation of me as a person and my struggles in life.

Some years ago I went through the same situation, when I had a run of films that didn’t do so well.

I thought I was finished. But then I did a film called 'Jaanwar', which I felt was my second chance in the industry.

I did not give up but kept fighting and trying, because I knew this is exactly what I wanted and I was not one to quit without a fight.

Today, I am glad my persistence paid off and I want everyone to take an example from this and keep going, just keep fighting.

The film is about overcoming problems of the generation gap

My personal take on this is that family pressures and expectations are something that most youth experience and will have to address at various stages of their lives whether it’s about which career one should pursue, who they should marry, or how they should conduct their life in general.

It’s a completely global phenomenon and to be honest not one that will disappear so easily.

It’s important to address the situation correctly, explain to parents what you believe in a way that is respectful and doesn’t hurt their sentiments and beliefs.

It might not always work in one’s favour but that doesn’t mean that you give up on your dreams.

Are you a cricket buff in real life?

Oh yes! I love both playing and spectating. I would play cricket in the bylanes of Delhi where I grew up as a kid.

With Patiala House I got to work very closely with cricketing veterans and icons such asAndrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Herschelle Gibbs, Nasser Hussain and David Gower.

How did you prepare for the cricket scenes?

I had to undergo thorough training with veteran cricketer Balwinder Singh Sandhu.

This role was a challenge as I had to train as a fast bowler in preparation for all of the cricket portions of the film, but at the same time it was very enjoyable as I got to try my hand at my favorite sport, cricket.

What is the best thing about Patiala House?

There are so many wonderful attributes to this film that I would certainly be doing a severe injustice by mentioning just one.

It’s been a labour of love for every person that has had the honor and privilege of being involved in this film.

I have faith that the hard work and dedication of the entire team will steal audiences’ hearts and that this film will stay with people for years to come.