Mumbai (Agencies): Akshay Kumar who will be seen as a Sikh guy trapped in the patriarchal family system in ‘Patiala House’ says he accepted the offer as it was completely in contrast with his real life story and also because he wanted to do something other than comic.

Akshay who  is surely in a mood for intense and dramatic roles said,  "It was a conscious decision to do a serious role because it's been three years since I've done something like this. The last was 'Namastey London'. I've been away from it for quite sometime now and was concentrating on comedy. So I thought of changing focus and doing something serious."

"While playing the character, I felt that I'm playing what real people go through in life, what circumstances they face. I'm not playing just a role, it is a culmination of the lives of common people out there," he added.

Akshay’s first hit comedy was "Hera Pheri" but some of his other comedies like "Action Replayy" and "Tees Maar Khan" bombed at the box office.

Set in London, "Patiala House" sees Akshay Kumar's character Gattu trapped between his dreams and his father's aspirations for him.

According to Akshay, what attracted him to this role was that his life story was completely opposite to his character in the movie.

"My father supported all my dreams. He worked double shifts so that I could train in martial arts. So this situation was completely alien to me. I grew up with love and support from my parents. So that's why it was so endearing to play a son, who forgets his dreams for his father's," he said.

The film that also stars Anushka Sharma and Rishi Kapoor among others will see Akshay sharing screen with his real life mother-in-law Dimple Kapadia. The senior actress is playing his mother in the movie and the actor said he had fun shooting with her.

"Me and my mother-in-law are quite inseparable. I have more things in common with her than Twinkle." said the actor.

"During the entire schedule, we played cards, fooled around on youtube, she taught me sudoku and I took her to various places with my son. So it was fun. She is a fun lady," he added.

Talking about Anushka he said, "Anushka has a very vital role to play in the film. She is my shoulder, my brick wall and my unconditional support in the movie. She shocked me on the sets with her expertise. There is no doubt that she will go very far."