Review: Pati Patni Aur Woh

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Dec
5

STORY: The film, a modern take on the cult comedy-drama by the same name (1978), follows the escapades of a married man, who falls for another woman, and the chaos that ensues.

REVIEW: Abhinav Tyagi aka Chintu Tyagi (Kartik), a government employee from Kanpur, is smitten by the feisty Vedika (Bhumi) when their parents get them to meet each other as a prospective match. Soon, they tie the knot. The couple seems to be enjoying marital bliss until Tapasya Singh (Ananya) walks into their life. She adds a dash of sass and spice to Chintu’s otherwise mundane existence. He now wants to spend time with the young girl, who is in Kanpur to look for a plot to set up a workshop for her boutique in Delhi. When Chintu feels that she is hesitant to be friendly with him due to his marital status, he spins a yarn. Adding to the madness is his friend Fahim Rizvi (Aparshakti), who sometimes aids Chintu in his exploits, and at times adds to his troubles. Unfortunately, things go out of control and lead to a lot of confusion and drama.

Kartik as Chintu Tyagi strikes the right balance as a man who breaks away from the routine when an opportunity presents itself. The actor has a charming screen presence and makes the most of his part. Once again, he strikes with a monologue, something that’s become a trademark for Kartik. This time around, however, he isn’t ranting about the women in his life, but talks about the rut that most middle-class men get caught in.

Bhumi is in good form as the ambitious Vedika (Chintu’s wife). She is a teacher, who has her own fan following among her students, and even flaunts a glam avatar. The actress has proved that she can get into the skin of any character and does the same with ease this time around, too.

Ananya, who made debut earlier this year with ‘Student Of The Year 2’, shows a lot of improvement. She does need to work on certain aspects like her dialogue delivery, but she seems to have found her comfort zone in front of the camera. Besides the three central characters, Aparshakti Khurana, with his noteworthy comic timing, often steals the scene. He has proved time and again that he is an asset to any film. The actor has shared screen space with Kartik in ‘Luka Chuppi’, and their easy camaraderie is evident in this movie, too. It’s their scenes together that bring in the most laughs.

Filmmaker Mudassar Aziz, who has directed films like ‘Happy Bhaag Jayegi’ (2016) and ‘Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi’ (2018), has a firm hold over the romcom genre. Though he takes some time to set up the plot, he doesn’t let the film deviate from its path. He keeps the film breezy and ensures that there are enough funny dialogues and witty one-liners to keep you hooked. He keeps the narrative simple and avoids getting into the preachy zone. Though the plot is known, the director manages to keep you invested throughout. Though this is a remake of the Sanjeev Kumar-starrer, the treatment given to it is such that it is relevant even to the viewers today.

The dialogues are funny, but though words like ‘kantap’ are used, it seems to be a superficial attempt at adding a local flavour. A tighter edit would have helped quicken the pace, but thankfully, there aren’t too many songs popping up. Watch out for two special appearances and a throwback to the original film, when Kartik hums, ‘Thande thande paani se’.

If you are looking for some good entertainment this weekend, this one could be a delightful watch.

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