Story: Hasmukh Patel (Paresh Rawal), a conservative Gujarati shopkeeper who lives in a gated society has a list of dislikes which include alcohol, non-veg food and Punjabis. Patel's new neighbor, Guggi Tandon (Rishi Kapoor), is an unholy mix of all the latter restrictions. Tandon is a chicken lollipop chomping, whiskey glugging, bashful Punjabi who opens a garage right in front of Patel's shop. Tandon also has a son Monty (Vir Das), who is quite like him and falls for Patel's daughter Pooja (Payal Ghosh). A harrowed Patel tries every trick in the book to evict the Tandons, but to his horror, Pooja, too, is fond of the roguish-yet-good-natured Monty. This intensifies the rivalry between the two families.
Review: Warring neighbors as a plot is not an uncommon thing in Bollywood films. It's an age-old trope, yet it has given us fun films that we watch and enjoy till today. 'Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi' tries to work on those lines but does not succeed.
On paper, there's little not to like in the film. With Rishi Kapoor as the brash but loveable used car dealer, Prem Chopra as his whiskey guzzling dad with a roving eye and Paresh Rawal as the super conservative Gujarati shopkeeper; the movie has a strong cast of characters. But when it comes to execution, 'PKPS' doesn't quite add up. With a choppy edit, over the top performances by all and an overkill of hate on Paresh Rawal's part, it resembles a TV show more than a film. It relies heavily on stereotypes for its humour, which is understandable given the film's title, but even that falls flat. You hope that the war between the Gujaratis and the Punjabis will, for once, move beyond the stereotypes. What it is, is a two-hour-long, predictable film full of uninteresting songs and loud gags, where characters talk a lot without meaning much.
The chemistry between the two enemies seems watered down and the climax is formulaic and guessable.
Watching reruns of 'Tarak Mehta...' may seem like a better bet.