Pati Patni Aur Woh

Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, Ananya Panday
Mudassar Aziz

When B R Chopra made Pati Patni Aur Woh with Sanjeev Kumar, in 1978 it had been considered funny. The film was a success irrespective how badly it portrayed its male protagonist and his conniving way. The humour in it was mostly at the cost of the man itself, which befitted the premise of the film. However, actor Kartik Aaryan who’s supposed to fill Kumar’s shoe has always had the jokes on the woman and not the other way round, making one wonder if the director of the remake will tread the rude subject carefully with Aaryan in tow.

Abhinav Tyagi (Kartik Aaryan) hails from Kanpur, he is someone who is always considered himself fortunate. After all being above average in IQ and looks, plus landing a government job is pretty successful by his standards. What more, he also lands himself the beauty – Vedika (Bhumi Pednekar) who is vivacious and smart, and makes a pretty good wife. Life is going pretty smooth. But as they say, a straight, unencumbered path often leaves the driver drowsy. In Abhinav aka Chintu’s life the monotony seeps in while he was staring at his wife’s back. The vivacious Vedika isn’t too hot on her husband. She might be all for embracing a woman’s need to have a good time in the marriage bed, but the bed for her holds no lure. Thus, Chintu goes on living the life his parents charted for him, not going on the foreign trip that he always wanted to take, and succumbs to the monotony. But all too soon, his monotony is sorely tempted. The temptation is called Tapasya Singh (Ananya Panday).

While Ms. Singh is trying to get Chintu’s office to grant her permission for the land she is angling for, Chintu decides to push a more personal agenda himself. Before he knows it, he starts telling her about how his wife is not being true to him, how his marriage is falling apart and more. Though not everything meets the eye, Singh seems to buy his story and gives him her hand in friendship. As rumours about Chintu and Tapasya get home, Vedika gets to know about the affair and decides to walk out….

How Chintu reacts to the whole thing, how the girls manage the man and more takes the film eventually towards the climax. It takes about 2 hours for the film conclude and has some rather upbeat numbers to keep the audience interested and yet, it seems like half-hour too long making the jobs of the actor more vital.

Kartik Aaryan as Chintu looks good and is almost affable but one cannot understand why anyone would be attracted to him. He is almost spineless and his best friend (Aparshakti Khuranna) is certainly funnier. Aaryan’s Ranbir Kapoor hangover is pretty obvious so he really needs to work better at making his own identity. There are portions in the film wherein Kartik’s body language will remind you of Ranbir from Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009). 

As Vedika, Bhumi Pednekar gives a to-the-point performance which is nice but somehow Ananya Panday steals the show with her casualness. 

The strength of the film lies in its dialogues, Mudassar Aziz who wrote the dialogues and gives some interesting one-lines, which keeps you from getting restless in the film. But the punches do not hide the lack of emotions in the film. You don’t relate to the film on a human level. Making Aziz’s much appreciated - Happy Bhag Jayegi look much better. 

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