Actor Bhumi Pednekar on Monday revealed she had concerns that the upcoming modern retelling of BR Chopra’s 1978 film Pati Patni Aur Woh could go wrong in presenting gender dynamics. However, her fears were put to rest once she read the script.
Also starring Kartik Aryan and Ananya Pandey, Pati Patni Aur Woh, a light-hearted take on adultery, has been directed by Mudassar Aziz, who has also written its screenplay. The original starred Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur.
Today at Pati Patni Aur Woh’s trailer launch, Bhumi Pednekar said the team was conscious that the film didn’t shape up as a sexist comedy.
She said, “When I read that script, every doubt that I had disappeared. Like I said earlier, this film is so much fun. It’s a situational comedy, but at the same time, it’s not frivolous. It’s empowering to both the genders. There’s nobody who’s black and white in real life as well. I think the makers have been very conscious to make sure that they do not turn this into a sexist, baseless film.”
“This is not that at all. I think everybody who’s part of this film be it Bhushan sir, Juno Chopra (film’s creative producer) or Mudassar sir, I don’t think we belong to that school. So, that’s what excited me the most about the film. This could go wrong so easily but they have been so sensitive and careful. I think it’s a big achievement,” the actor told reporters.
Pati Patni Aur Woh, which marks Bhumi Pednekar’s fourth film this year after Sonchiriya, Saand Ki Aankh and yet-to-release Bala, sees the actor in her most decked up avatar yet, something the actor said she enjoyed dabbling in.
The actor said, “I have not seen myself like that on the big screen before. In my head and real life, I’m always like that, but the audiences have not seen me like this. So, it was very exciting for me to play Vedika Tripathi because it was a completely new avatar for me.”
“For me, Vedika is somebody who’s always full of oomph. She knows who she is, and she is a very confident woman. She knows she has a certain effect on the opposite gender and she’s just strong,” Bhumi said.
Produced by T-Series, Pati Patni Aur Woh arrives in theatres on December 6.