Kartik Aaryan's Pati Patni Aur Woh: Director Mudassar Aziz Shares What to Expect from the Film
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Kartik Aaryan's Pati Patni Aur Woh: Director Mudassar Aziz Shares What to Expect from the Film

Mudassar Aziz explains how his version is different from the Sanjeev Kumar versin

Mudassar Aziz who has fashioned interesting  romantic comedies  in the past  such as Happy Bhaag Jayegi and  its sequel Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi has  a reason for remaking  B R Chopra’s  1978  comic classic  Pati Patni Aur Woh.

“My father  was a big fan of that  film. I am a 1990s child. So I missed  it  on release. But every time it was  telecast  on Doordarshan my family and  I would watch it together . I think it was telecast 7-8 times when  I was a  child. Therefore  remaking  that film for me  was like  a childhood dream , just as making films  was a dream that I had from my childhood, even though my father wanted me to go into a more financially stable  profession,” says Mudassar.

Remaking a film on adultery in presentday  context  is  not easy. Explains the  director, “What was seen to be acceptable  behaviour back then when B R Chopra Saab directed Pati PatniAur Woh would  be seen as  horribly incorrect  behaviour in today’s times. If you remember the  original film, there  is a sequence  where Sanjev Kumar leaves home for work after saying goodbye to his wife  and son. At the bus stop he sees a woman and  gives  her a lift. But when she reveals she’s married he  dumps  her in the middle of  the road and drives away. We  couldn’t  show our protagonist  behaving that way.”

Mudassar wanted  to  show a married man straying from marriage  for reasons that  are  intrinsic rather than  extraneous.  “A  son  plays  the roles that his father expects  him  to. He get the job that his father wants  him to. At  a certain age, around 24 he gets married to the girl whom his parents want him to marry.  But what if after that he begins to think not as dutiful son but an individual with feelings and desires  of his own? That  is  the space I  am exploring in  Pati Patni AurWoh.”

He  stresses the fact that there is nothing “wrong” with the unfaithful husband’s wife. “She is  educated , beautiful and devoted. The problem is with the man.  Aryan plays a very young husband  .While  Bhumi Pednekar is the wife who makes no wrong moves.”

Mudassar sees  David Dhawan as  the  true successor of B R Chopra. “David Dhawan  had a very successful innings. He is still a successful filmmaker. When he made Biwi No  1 in 1999 it was like  a fresh twist  to the Pati Patni AurWoh  theme of adultery.He gave an entirely  new twist to the wife’s character played by Karisma  Kapoor. Now 20 years  later here I am with my own interpretation  of  the subject  of infidelity.”

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