Film: Pati Patni Aur Woh;
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, Ananya Panday, Aparshakti Khurana;
Direction: Mudassar Aziz;
Rating: 3/5 Stars
The interesting thing about the reimagined “Pati Patni Aur Woh” is its setting. Version 2019 is based in smalltown Kanpur, and it narrates the story of a middle-class couple in that city. In BR Chopra’s 1978 original, the protagonists belonged to the middle-class too, but they lived in Bombay.
It seems pertinent how, 41 years on, this remake picks the plot’s extramarital core from the megapolis and puts it right in the centre of smalltown India, which is learning to openly discuss sex, fidelity, virginity and marriage (the idea is wittily underlined in the opening scenes, where the hero asks his prospective bride her hobbies and she replies: “Humein sex karna pasand hai”).
At a time when remakes, reboots and recreations have become the norm, writer-director Mudassar Aziz’s reorganising of a BR Chopra comedy classic to woo new-age viewers would seem like an ambitious idea. His credibility lies in the fact that his version holds its own.