Pati Patni Aur Woh: Jokes about Martial​ Rape is not funny

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Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar & Ananya Panday’s “Pati Patni Aur Woh” is one of the most awaited movies of the year. It is all set to release on 6th December 2019, clashing with Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt & Kriti Sanon’s “Panipat” at the box office.

The trailer of the movie released a few days ago and boy, people are not happy! It’s so ghastly to see that there are still movies that are being made in 2019 full of misogyny, cheap character writing and jokes about marital rape. We get it you have Kartik Aaryan as the lead who is known for his sexist monologue in all his previous movies but you have a chance to change that right?

The audience has pointed out the martial rape part and has criticized the filmmakers as well as the actors for even trying to make such a sensitive topic as a joke onscreen. In a nutshell, we didn’t expect Kartik Aaryan to talk about such a sensitive yet important topic like it was a joke.

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In the trailer, Kartik Aaryan is shown as a middle-class husband, Chintu Tyagi who is ranting about unsatisfied sexual life to his best friend played by Aparshakti Khurrana. Bhumi Pednekar is seen as his wife and Ananya Panday is shown as the intern in his office. Chintu Tyagi gets involved with his intern. There are various dialogues and scenes in the trailer that will make you cringe and question your own sense of watching movies.

The monologue that has received backlash has the following lines: 

“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.” (Translation: If you ask your wife for sex, then you’re a beggar. If your wife denies you sex, then you’re a tormentor. And by chance if you manage to trick her into having sex, then you’re also a rapist)

The movie is directed by Mudassar Aziz is a remake of 1978 classic, starring Sanjeev Kumar, Vidhya Sinha, and Ranjeeta Kaur. The director tries to take a sense of humor approach to the plot, which revolves around adultery & extra-marital affairs.

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Now, people don’t have a problem with Kartik’s monologue but what his monologue is about is the concern here. Marital rape is recognized as “rape” by several societies across the world.

People expect Kartik to deliver a monologue because he is known for delivering that in one breathe. But shouldn’t it have been a little sensitive? In a country where crime against women is at its top & there is no decrease in the number to that with every passing day, the audience doesn’t need movies that are oppressive. We have come a long way to address these problems as problems and have started to open up about it feels.

And when movies like these with celebrities like Kartik Aaryan & Bhumi Pednekar come up with dialogues like these, it just gives the men in India another reason to justify their action that is absolute bullshit! These celebrities are supposed to make a change in society right?

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When the twitter was blowing up with pointing how derogatory these dialogues were, the makers decided to get them edited. In a recent interview, Bhumi Pednekar was asked about the controversy and her views on these dialogues as a woman. Bhumi defended the movie and rubbished all the allegations on the movie. Bhumi clarified that the movie is not sexist and says that it is empowering both genders.

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.”

Bhumi also stated that Kartik’s previous monologues were successful and because of that, the writers got carried away with the one in this movie. She apologized. But still, the question remains, why do you need these movies or dialogues to prove a point?

As per Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, rape is defined as “sexual intercourse with a woman against her will and without her consent” Almost all forms of sexual assault are included in the definition except for marital rape. But a woman’s consent for rape, sex after marriage is also needed. 

After a lot of quarrels and debates in the houses, among people, sexologists, etc. , rape sex education is getting easy access & topics to talk about; this movie is not what we need. We don’t have the problem with the concept but the mindless, not-so-funny WhatsApp forward jokes are not something we’d like to see on-screen. 

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Kartik Aaryan has been the talk of the town for a long time now and gained his popularity after the success of “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”.  Many of his followers & fans look up to him as an idol. Many high-end brands for endorsements, directors for movies, etc. have roped him. The point here is that when you are into a big 7 progressing industry, you have a rape responsibility to give out a message that doesn’t hurt anyone’s sentiment. People believe what they listen & see on screen.

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Well, Kartik hasn’t responded to any of the allegations as he is bust shooting for Dostana 2. But we hope he gets a little introspection time during sets towards what message he wants to give out to his fans.

Kartik’s honesty & outspoken nature is what people have loved till now and hope to see that in the future too. He is progressing at a rapid, rape speed with the movies and has been receiving great reviews from critics as well as actors & fans too. So when he goes out there and says a monologue that has a real sensitive topic doesn’t put him in the positive light. We care about the movies & actors so we thought; we’d like you to know how we felt about it.

Pati Patni Aur Woh is all set to release on 6th December 2019. Will the rom-com win over periodical drama? The movie is set to clash “Panipat”. So let’s call it #BattleOfGenres?

Anyway, we love you Chintu Tyagi!

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