Director Mudassar Aziz on Monday said he was clear he would have to use the present-day gaze to remake BR Chopra’s 1978 comedy Pati Patni Aur Woh, which tackled the subject of extramarital affairs.
Aziz, who has both directed and written the screenplay of the upcoming remake, said he has tried to touch up on relationship issues that are important to today’s audience. The film stars Kartik Aryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Pandey, while the original featured Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur.
Mudassar Aziz said, “I have seen that film 100 times. When BR Saab made it, it was a very bold film for 1978. Since then, the times have changed and people’s mindset has changed. So the film, which was considered bold then, when we look at it in 2019, we would have to look at it keeping the past in mind.”
“So, if you had to make a bold film in 2019 and give a sense of completion and culmination to the relationship of a married couple, you had to write it with a new perspective. My effort has been to retain the essence of what BR Chopra said in the first film and say a few things that are relevant to the contemporary times,” the director told reporters at the film’s trailer launch.
Known for helming Happy Bhag Jayegi and its sequel Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, Mudassar Aziz said he has always given prominence to female characters and even in Pati Patni Aur Woh, he made sure the two women were in charge of the narrative.
He said, “I have always put women at the forefront in my films. This one’s no different. You will realize that he is the situation and they both are driving the situation home. It is very important and I am glad you asked that question because it is very important to look at Pati Patni Aur Woh the way it has come out now.”