A film that is currently making headlines is Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar's PatiPatni Aur Woh. The trailer was released earlier this month and got a lot of attention, but for all the wrong reasons. Critics and Twitterati pointed out that a 'joke' by Kartik poked fun at marital rape! Later, the producers confirmed that the 'joke' was removed because they didn't want to hurt anyone's sentiments.
The film's trailer received a lot of flak from fans because of the same dialogue. Here's what Kartik had said in the trailer:
Biwi se sex maang le toh hum bhikhari
Biwi ko sex na de toh hum atyachaari
Aur kisi tarah jugaad laga ke usse sex nikal le toh hum balaatkaari
Seriously, NOBODY noticed that this dialogue was reducing consent to a joke?
In a recent interview, Kartik Aaryan said that when they were filming the scene, nobody realised that it could be offensive. The trailer released and only when it was brought under scrutiny did the makers understand that it could cause trauma to some people. The line was immediately removed as the film is in no way connected to the issue and hurting people wasn't their intention.
"We took responsibility because it might have come across as something that wasn't our intention. We realised we shouldn't use that word (rape) at all so we have rectified it and made changes because we don't want to hurt people's sentiments," Kartik said in an interview.
"We didn't realise it when we were doing it. We had showed it to a lot of people, but no one had pointed it out. We didn't want to hurt anyone's sentiments. This isn't the topic of our film nor was this our intention," he added.
The trio of Bhumi, Ananya, and Kartik are busy promoting their film and we can't wait to see what they do on-screen. Directed by Mudassar Aziz, Pati Patni Aur Woh is a remake of Sanjeev Kumar, Ranjeeta Kaur and Vidya Sinha starrer that released back in 1978.
The songs of the film Dilbara, Dheeme Dheeme and Akhiyon Se Goli Mare are doing well and already have millions of views on them. Well, they are pretty catchy numbers.
We're glad that the marital rape dialogue has been removed from the film because frankly, it's 2019 and 'jokes' like these aren't acceptable. In a country where women are still far behind men and men still, try to dominate their wives with sheer force--it's sad to see that Bollywood can poke fun on people's traumas.