‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ Faces Severe Backlash Online For Marital Rape Joke

We are nearing the end of 2019. So, is it too much to ask Bollywood to stop churning sexist movies in the name of entertainment? We saw Kabir Singh and how much flak it drew for toxic masculinity, and many argued that the recent Houseful 4 is filled with rampant sexism and contains female characters who add almost nothing to the narrative.

While none of such movies is “okay”, we still accept it, and sometimes even forgive it, considering it is a product of years of patriarchal conditioning by society at large. However, the line is crossed when extremely sensitive issues like rape are made fun of. People believe this line was crossed by Pati Patni Aur Woh.

The trailer for Pati Patni Aur Woh starring Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, and Ananya Panday in the lead dropped on the internet recently and has sparked massive outrage online. The basic storyline is similar to the original 1978 version – man and woman fall in love, man gets a promotion, meets another attractive woman, has his fare shot at infidelity, the wife finds out, and you know how the rest goes.

However, one particular dialogue by the ‘Pati’, played by Kartik Aaryan, goes like this:

“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.”

So here are the many things wrong with this one dialogue which has managed to destroy the collective calm of the internet:

1. It completely disregards a woman’s consent in having sex.
2. It makes a complete joke out of a significant and sensitive issue like marital rape.
3. It victim-shames and sides with the rapist.

Watch the trailer here:

People took to Twitter to express their anger and disappointment at the trailer and how it promotes misogyny to a toxic extent. They also mentioned how the successful launch of such movies only takes the country back a few steps while many are fighting for the rights of women.

According to a report by NDTV, Bhumi Pednekar in an interview had said:

“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. We were extremely conscious of the fact that we do not end up making it into a sexist comment.”

What the actress claimed evidently stands in stark contrast with the reality of the film.

While the movie’s reception isn’t off to a good start, we cannot say anything for certain until the movie actually releases. Guess we just have to wait and watch!