Happy Bhaag Jaayegi director Mudassar Aziz finally gives us a film worth raising expectations for, after all, you can hardly go wrong starring heartthrob Kartik Aryan with two leading ladies in the remake of a film with the same name!
Rating – 3 / 5 ⭐⭐⭐
After having released an utterly hilarious trailer along with two dhamaakedaar songs/remakes, all eyes were on Mudassar Aziz’s Pati Patni Aur Who this weekend! The hype created around this film through hardcore promotions, social media buzz and Bhumi Pednekar’s surprising change in style, my expectations were definitely high-flying as I entered the theatre, looking forward to a complete laughter riot!
Following a narrative of Abhinav aka Chintu Tyagi (Kartik Aryan), who gets married to the bold and beautiful perfect biwi-material Vedika Tripathi (Bhumi Pednekar) and lives a content, comfortable life. Abhinav, seeing his marriage get monotonous and cumbersome, is instantly attracted towards a cute, feisty Tapasya Singh (Ananya Pandey) and the two end up spending a whole lot of time together. But if only life (or Bollywood movies) could be that easy? Chintu’s set-up begins to fall apart when his wife starts having doubts, resulting a masaaledaar comic-filled roller coaster ride.
Mudassar Aziz’s directorial ensured effective use of screen time with smooth and well-structured storytelling. Almost all scenes added relevance to the plot build-up and the humour was well-taken care of. Some moments demanded a stomach-aching laughter, particularly the interactions between Kartik and Aparshakti Khurrana – their comic timing and swagger dialogue delivery was sure to hit the funny spot every time. The dialogues were carefully penned and added a sense of freshness, totally unlike those heard in today’s cinema – whether it was Kartik’s mini-monologue, or Bhumi’s witty “Bharosa who chidiya hai jiske udne se pyaar naam ka chidiya bhi udd jaata hai”, every line served a purpose and fueled this 128 minute spectacle.
“Biwi se sex maangle toh hum bikhaari, biwi ko sex na de toh hum atyachaari!”
All three leads were seen slayin’ it on screen and how! Our Pyaar Ka Punchnama actor was deep into his comfort zone, delivering a smooth, effortless performance with a greatly infectious energy. And when it comes to Miss Pednekar, she’s got the whole nation crushing on her right now – her looks were to simply die for and as far as her acting is concerned, we never had any doubts to begin with. But Ananya Pandey was one hell of a pleasant surprise – her confidence and skill have increased drastically since the disastrous SOTY2 and this time, she pulled off her role as Tapasya with immense grace. Aparshakti Khurrana as the supporting lead was a sureshot hit, given his fluid expressions and liveliness, the laughs just kept rolling in!
My only problem with the film (okay, maybe not only) – its top-quality trailer set the bar a bit too high, which sadly, the full length directorial was unable to match. Pati Patni Aur Woh entailed a large proportion of emotional, touchy-feely scenes in balance with all the humour. The trailer, however, seemed to be majorly joke-oriented, putting the actual film at quite a disadvantage. That being said, the movie’s pace wasn’t too well-maintained either – a great chunk was quick and gripping, but the rest was a bit too “dheeme dheeme” 😉
For all the Kartik-Ananya fans out there, this one’s definitely for you!
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