The row surrounding one of Kartik Aaryan’s dialogues from his upcoming film, Pati Patni Aur Woh, irked people across the globe. Aaryan, who plays the role of a middle-class husband Chintu Tyagi, is seen ranting about an unsatisfied sexual life in the film’s trailer.
Bhumi Pednekar essays his wife in the project. The film features Aaryan carrying on an extra-marital affair with an intern in his office, whose character is played by Ananya Panday.
The trailer sees Chintu Tyagi saying, “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 loosely translates to “If we ask our wives for sex, we are termed as beggars. If we deny them sex, we are tyrants. And if we somehow manage to get sex from our wives, then we become rapists.”
The humour in this monologue didn’t sit too well with Twitter users as many of them blasted the makers for their regressive thinking.
Addressing the same, Pednekar has now apologised for Aaryan’s marital rape dialogue in Pati Patni Aur Woh, reported Times of India. The makers of the film received severe backlash on social media after the trailer hit the internet earlier this week. Many social media users called them out for mocking marital rape, stating this kind of humour should not be tolerated.
Pednekar, who in an earlier interview said it is not a sexist film, has now shared that she or the film’s team did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments.
She said, “If we have hurt anybody’s sentiments, we are sorry, because that wasn’t the intention. But everybody who is involved in Pati Patni Aur Woh, does not belong to that school or to that thought process.” Aaryan, however, is yet to release a statement on the controversy.
Pednekar previously revealed that Pati Patni Aur Woh is a film on gender empowerment. Shedding light on the storyline once again, she said, “When I read the script, all the doubts that I had simply vanished. This is not frivolous. The story is very empowering to both genders. I think that the makers made sure that this does not turn into a sexist, baseless film. I do not think anyone who is part of this film, including us actors, belong to that school. ”
She added, “We were extremely conscious of the fact that we do not end up making it into a sexist comment. This is a subject that could have gone wrong easily. But the makers have been sensitive and careful. I have to say it is a big achievement.”
Directed by Mudassar Aziz, Pati Patni Aur Woh is a remake of a 1978 film by the same name. The original film starred Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur.
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