The makers of Patiala House are just not amused. Even as the team is busy wrapping up this biggie that features Akshay Kumar in the lead and has been shot primarily in the UK, there are tit-bits floating around the lead actor's look, something that threatened to turn into an (unnecessary) controversy.
Says a senior crew member, "It was a harmless still from the film which was uploaded by us on Twitter. It showed Akshay Kumar in (seemingly) a celebration mode as he donned a traditional North Indian outfit with a 'pagdi' on top. Nothing wrong with that as men in North India do wear a pink turban when there are certain festivities or celebrations at home."
However, what caught the eye of a few was only half the fact. Since Akshay is said to be playing a Sikh in the film, his clean shaven look in the film was being challenged. Though no one knows the exact storyline of the film, there were insinuations galore around cinematic liberty being taken in Patiala House with Akshay and director Nikhil Advani not quite respecting the religious sentiments here.
No wonder, the director is disturbed with the film's still leading to a controversy when the fact is that he along with his creative team had walked an extra distance to ensure that every minute detail was being looked at before bringing Patiala House on floors.
"Why can't people just check facts before coming to a conclusion", questions Nikhil who has already spent close to a year and a half working on the film, "Without knowing the context of the film, the scene, the characterisation and the story's background, it is totally unfair if someone makes a declaration that we didn't do our job well or we did something intentionally despite knowing the facts."
In such a situation, why doesn't Nikhil just spill the beans and let the world become aware about the reason behind Akshay's look in the film.
"Firstly I will tell you this is not Akshay's look per se in the film", retorts Nikhil, "He is not wearing a turban throughout and the still that you see is from the scene where Akshay's sister is getting married. Ask any Punjabi and he will tell you that it is a traditional thing for a man to wear a 'pagdi' when a close relative is getting married. Though I don't want to divulge into any further details as of now, what I can confirm is that we have taken utmost care to respect the traditional, religious and social sentiments in mind. There is no false step that has been taken."
With confirmation coming from the man of the house, this should well be an open and shut case for the residents of Patiala House now!