Monty Panesar 'inspires' Akshay's character in 'Patiala House'

Panesar, whose parents had migrated to England from Punjab has a large family in the United Kingdom.

Akshay's character in the new Nikhil Advani-directed film is called Parghat Singh Kahlon, an English citizen who is talented and has always dreamt to be a pace bowler. His parents have migrated years back to London, sources said.

The film revolves around a patriarchal family that has to bow down to the wishes and dictats of the father, played by Rishi Kapoor. A father-son drama set in London, it shows all three generations living together under one roof.

However, the director said Akshay's character is not based on just one person.

"Every piece of art and creative process is inspired by real life. We did a lot of research on lives of cricketers. But this is not inspired by one person," said Advani.

The first theatrical promos were released with 'Tees Maar Khan' on December 24. The film, also starring Anushka Sharma and Dimple Kapadia is slated for release on February 11.

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