Verdict: The classic comedy gets an honest remake with a modern twist.

The 1978 rom-com Pati Patni Aur Woh was an iconic Bollywood laugh riot starring Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha, and Ranjeeta Kaur. The classic tale of gharwali and baharwali has now got its own remake with Bollywood younguns Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, and Ananya Panday stepping into the roles of the lead trio. Directed by Mudassar Aziz, the film seems to be a modern take on the same comedic antics.

What’s Pati Patni Aur Woh About:

How does a middle-class man from UP find himself trapped between two beautiful women? It all starts when Public Works Department employee Chintu Tyagi (Kartik Aaryan) is bored at work as well as in his marriage with a perfect arranged match. As he loses the spark with his wife Vedika Tripathi (Bhumi Pednekar), she believes that they don’t belong in small-town Kanpur and should move to big-league Delhi city instead. Frustrated and looking for an escape from the monotony, Chintu finds himself enamored by his head-turning new client Tapasya Singh (Ananya Panday). He begins to put all of his time and interest in this beautiful new woman. Although he is still in love with his wife, he finds the “fun” that he has with Tapasya too good to resist. Chintu and Tapasya begin to grow increasingly fond of each other and the situation only gets more complicated. One thing leads to another and Chintu Tyagi gets caught in a web of lies of his own making.

What Works:

Just over 40 years after the release of the original film, the Pati Patni Aur Woh remake brings back the same comedy of errors but this time with an evolved set of characters. They’re modern, more independent, and more relatable to the current audience. It’s especially the female characters that have somewhat evolved since the 1978 film with a less melodramatic portrayal. The adaptation of the original script by Jasmeet K Reen is a refreshing take on the classic and the dialogues by director Mudassar Aziz are hilarious and relevant. Performing this competent plot and screenplay is a well-picked cast. Kartik Aaryan delivers an enthusiastic performance. We also see the return of his trademark monologue moment this time as he rambles on about the troubles of being a middle-class man from UP. Shubham Kumar is hilariously accurate as a small-town wannabe hero and Vedika’s admirer Rakesh. Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday are effective in their limited characters. Most of all, it is Aparshakti Khurrana as Chintu’s best friend Fahim who is given all the best dialogues, which he uses to steal the show.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Although Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday do a good job in their roles, the plot fails to elaborate on the independent spirit of their characters. While Kartik’s Chintu scrambles in his web of lies to deliver all of the comedy, the unexplored female leads are a missed opportunity.

Why You Should Watch:

This comedy of errors is a good representation of a modernized remake. Pati Patni Aur Woh is definitely an entertaining comedy that’s worth the watch because of its witty dialogues and spirited performances.