There’s a fundamental problem in adapting the films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee to a time and milieu other than what he projected in them. Their humour, sense of morality and dilemmas, much of the life of the stories, are distinctly derived from a middle-class, 1970s’ and 80’s ethos. But never has an adaptation been as unconvincing as Shashanka Ghosh’s retelling of DN Mukherjee’s original story. Hrishikesh Mukherjee translated the film to a delightful clash between two women and their world views (played by Rekha and Dina Pathak). Ghosh’s film is essentially a farce about the clash between Punjabiyat and maharaja propreity—and how the bumbling Punjabi triumphs.