Pati Patni Aur Woh trailer: Unlike Sanjeev Kumar, Kartik Aaryan finds a different excuse to have an extra-martial affair

Chintu Tyagi (Aaryan) lies to Tapasya (Ananya Pandya) about his wife Vedika having an extra marital affair

By Mayur Lookhar

Ananya Panday, Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi Pednekar in Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019)

When the late B.R Chopra produced and helmed the romantic, quirky drama Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978), the word infidel was probably unheard of by then masses.  It was a time where infidelity by a man was deemed acceptable, especially if the extra-martial affair was presented through a quirky tale. We live in different times today and we wonder how will audience take to such illicit relationship? Well, we will have to find out on 6 December when the remake of Chopra’s Pati Patni Aur Woh hits the screens.

Helmed by Happy Bhag Jayegi franchise director Muddassar Aziz, T-Series and BR. Films released the trailer of the Pati Patnu Aur Woh in Mumbai today.

It was the brilliance of Sanjeev Kumar, the innocence of Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur, Kamleshwar’s fine writing that made Pati Patni Aur Woh a cult comedy.

If this writer recalls well, the original film was based in Mumbai. Keeping in with the trend, Aziz sets his remake in north India, Uttar Pradesh.   Chintu Tyagi (Kartik Aaryan) comes from a traditional UP family, where the children merely cater to the diktak of the family patriarch.  All his life, Tyagi has obeyed his father. He was asked to do engineering and he obeyed it. He then married the girl chosen by his father.   In their personal introduction, Tyagi is stunned when Vedika (Bhumi Pednekar) has a very open attitude towards sex.  However, post marriage things don’t pan out as Tyagi imagined.  In step Tapasya Singh (Ananya Panday), a new employee in his office and the man falls for her.

Unlike the original film where Ranjeet Chaddha (Sanjeev Kumar) lied to Nirmala (Ranjeeta) about his wife Sharda (Vidya Sinha) being terminally ill, Chintu Tyagi shocks all by lying to Tapasya that his wife is having an extra-martial affair.

Well, that’s marked a change from the original story.  Unlike Sharda who was a simpleton, Vedika is a new age UP girl with an open attitude towards sex.   The trailer doesn’t give much about Tapasya, save that like Nirmala, Tapasya is gullible and empathetic to Chintu’s plight.  The man also lies that his name Is Abhishek.

The trailer makes it clear that Aziz has added a few different shades to his principal characters. 

It’s impossible to match to the original,  so Aziz needs to give his own spin to the remake  There is feeling that there could be twist in the tale. 

There can only be one Sanjeev Kumar, but one actor who perhaps is fitting to reprise Kumar’s role is Aaryan.   Some may question the choice considering that Aaryan’s emerged as a misogynistic but a righteous character in Luv Ranjan’s misogynistic films.  However, Aaryan does have this mischievous, goofy look to him which would make him apt to play a desperate, henpecked character. Aaryan looks good in his grainy moustache.  

Aaryan’s fans must be already going gaga over this character but it really is Bhumi Pednekar’s character who intrigues us most.  May be, it is Vedika who might throw a surprise here.

Aparshatki Khurrana finds himself in the familiar role of playing the hero’s best friend. He played best friend to Aaryan in Luka Chhupi (2019).  In both films, Khurrana played a Muslim character.  It’s always nice to include a character who also form a substantial of Uttar Pradesh’s population.

The trailer is fairly humourous but not one that will have you LOL [Laugh Out Loudly].  The humour in the trailer has a sense of déjà vu to it. Given it’s storyline, the humour here would largely stem from the tricky situations that Chintu finds himself in it.

Ananya Panday showed potential in Student of the Year 2 (2019), but the girl would hope for better results in her second film.

Produced by T-Series and Juno Chopra Pati Patni Aur Woh is set to be released on 6 December, where it will compete with Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat.

Watch the trailer below.

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