Just when Bollywood was getting better with movies like Andhadhun, Stree, and Mission Mangal, we are brought back to what seems to be a desperate attempt at being “funny”.
Kartik Aryan reprises his role as Rajjo….oh wait! That was another movie. Although, it makes not much difference. Kartik’s acting style just hides behind a big moustache. This humorous take on extra-marital affairs and adultery might have worked in 1978, but they appear to be a little worn out now.
In the brief two and half minute trailer, it is clear that creativity has taken a back seat with crass comments, Patni in a Saree and Woh in glamorous outfits. The problem starts with questionable casting. Ananya Panday, who recently turned 21, looks exactly what she is…a young girl! She is essaying the role of a more mature woman in the movie, who finds herself in the centre of Pati’s deception. No amount of make-up can hide the babyface. She makes an awkward addition to Kartik and Bhumi.
Next, the cringe bomb drops when Kartik Aryan’s character goes ahead and makes a marital rape joke. He says,
Biwi se sex maang lein, toh hum bhikaari. Biwi ko sex mana kar dein, toh hum atyachaari aur kisi tarah jugaad laga ke uss se sex haasil kar lein na toh balaatkaari bhi hum hain.
This dialogue irked many and caused outrage on social media. People did not appreciate this stab at being funny. Not only does it glorify marital rape, but this dialogue also victim shames and sides with the rapist. Twitteratis said that these movies take the country back a few steps.
It's 2019, no one is laughing at rape jokes!
A country that is struggling with crimes against women has no place for insensitive, ignorant, and dumb scriptwriting.
Pati, Patni Aur Woh releases on 6th December.
The storyline is similar to the 1978 version- man and woman are happily married, enter an attractive Woh, Pati falters and throws away casual sexism in the movie, shoots his shot, Patni finds out, yadda yadda yadda. Same old!
When will Kartik Aryan stop his rants against women and when will Bollywood realise that “audience ke saath ab kuch bhi nahi chalega”? Bollywood should have been over this crass genre by now, but here we are!