Yes, I have seen the original even hummed ‘thande thande paani se nahana chahiye’ and I have watched the remake, which one do I prefer, let me say the latter. The former is the story of married man having a mid-life crisis, who starts an affair with his secretary announcing his wife is terminally ill. When he is taken to task by the patni aur woh, he still does not redeem himself, after all ‘men will be men’. The film may now seem dated – in a time when power play between sexes and relationships have been redefined, and people adopt their own distinct moral system.
In the 90’s we had Biwi No. 1 which kind of played on the same theme, and now comes its millennial avatar. Set in Kanpur, meet Abhinav Tyagi aka Chintu (played by Kartik Aryan), who has a government job and obsesses about his ex-girlfriend. Married to Vedika Tripathi (played by Bhumi Pendekar), a Physics Teacher who tells him to his face ‘humein sex bahut pasand hai’ and how her ex-boyfriend can’t get over her! She calls herself an emotionally high-maintenance woman.
But sadly, the three-year itch hits. The initial passion has now extinguished and the boredom has set in. As Vedika insists on moving to Delhi, resisting her in-laws constant demand to have a child, Chintu is fed up with the constant nagging, and is frustrated with his daily existence. The only redeeming factor in his life his best friend, Fahim played by Aparshakti Khurrana, whose witty lines and attitude keep him sane. In comes Tapasya Singh (played by Ananya Panday), the glamorous fashion designer, who wants to set up a leather garment business in Kanpur and seeks his help.
Impressed with the uber chic Tapasya Singh, Chintu tries to restrain himself, but with his wife’s disinterest in everything he wants to do, he finds himself drawn to Tapasya, lying that his wife is having an affair and he is a broken lonely man. As he wins Tapasya’s sympathy, the rest is history, as the misadventures of Chintu Tyagi begin.
Kartik Aaryan slips into his role effortlessly, he does not try too hard. He resonates with the janta since they feel he is just like them, he is not ‘in your face’. Bhumi Pendekar, as the aspirational small-town girl is believable, you would have come across a character like her, inevitably. She does not mope or whimper and it’s refreshing that actresses now are refusing to belittle themselves on reel. ‘Chartiraheen ho gaya hai pati’, is how she describes her adulterous husband as she shares a drink with her ex boyfriend.
Ananya Panday holds her own, it’s her second film, she is breezy and more at ease than her last. However, the man who deserves the applause is Aparshakti Khurrana, seen as the hero’s buddy in several films, he is not repetitive, but actually the man who gets you the maximum laughs. Pati, Patni Aur Woh is breezy, don’t get into analysing it, director Mudassar Aziz’s dialogues are the scene-stealers in the entire narrative. Though the second half is a tad stretched, but clocking in 126 minutes, Pati Patni Aur Woh is a light watch, and yes, what Chintu did and didn’t do, it’s a comedy, laugh and forget about it.
Rating: 3 out of 5