Pati Patni Aur Woh Movie Review:
This remake of the 1978 Pati Patni Aur Woh, remains unchanged in spirit but improves a lot on other aspects of society.
Infidelity, and the web of lies around it, spun with the help of a trusted buddy, has the same flavor in 2019 as it did when first made in 1978. Mudassar Aziz’s modernized version of BR Chopra’s original gives the women some agency, and does not paint the Pati (husband) in an entirely heroic light, which gives the movie some meaning.
’s Chintu Tyagi and Bhumi Pednekar
’s Vedika Tripathi can be easily related to. It is easy for both actors to tap into their Kanpur-Lucknow lilt, and turn on the unassuming charm. In a montage with the opening credits, the duo go from an arranged marriage meeting, where Vedika openly reveals her sexual history, adding, “ Rebellion didn’t suit me so I thought I would try restriction, and do both sincerely.” They wed, and over the next three years, settle into routine domesticity.
Vedika's character shifts from the age-old "sanskaari bahu" to a "modern nari" and gives the audience a fresh outlook towards the Patni (wife). We can see how the character is not shallow, which is beautifully encrypted in the dialogue where Vedika tells Chinyu that she "high maintenance... emotionally."
Abhinav ‘Chintu’ Tyagi is an officer in the Public Works Department, entirely content with his life in Kanpur. He is cute, in a simple small-town way, but his actions are wholly questionable. Even the best friend Fahim’s (Aparshakti Khurana) unflappable loyalty leaves room for judgment. All these character flaws surface with the arrival of Delhi businesswoman Tapasya (Ananya Pandey
), who sashays into Tyagi’s office looking for a plot of land in order to set up a manufacturing unit in Kanpur. Tyagi is instantly infatuated. All the characters effortlessly portray their characters.
What follows is a chain of deceit, the chaos around mistaken identity, and the eventual hatching of a plot to bring Chintu back on track. The story takes more than an hour to hit its stride. Although Aaryan commits to his character, Pednekar’s modern woman act is one of the stronger points, until Vedika willingly – and maybe unwisely – gives her man a second chance. There is no range or change in Pandey’s Tapasya. In the triangle, her stand is hazy, unlike Fahim, Chintu’s 3 am friend, superbly interpreted by Aparshakti Khurrana.
Overall this movie had made with the goal of "just for laughs". Though it could have improved on several levels, the film may work with the audience who love massy cinema.