'Pyaar Ka Punchnama', about three friends facing trouble with their demanding girlfriends, was a dark horse at the box office but many felt that the movie's tone was not very kind to the female perspective.
Filmmaker Luv Ranjan, however, is not bothered by the criticism as he returns with 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2', which again is a funny take on relationships.
"People always have the need to tag others. If anyone is putting a label on me and saying that I am a misogynist, I can't do anything about it. Our metropolitan societies have become hypersensitive and we can't take a joke.
"But at the same time in small cities and villages people's favourite pastime is banter. It used to be the same earlier. It's just that we have become too serious about ourselves," Luv told PTI.
The movie, which hits theatres this Friday, has two new fresh faces in Omkar Kapoor and Sunny Nijar, who will be joining the previous castmembers Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sonali Sehgal and Ishita Sharma.
"Our premise is same but the treatment is different. So, we took this call that we will change the characters and the storyline will be from the perspective of newer characters.
This time too we are making fun on how women are."
Luv said he wanted to make a story that showed the uglier and thorny side of romance and that's how "Pyaar Ka Punchnama" happened.
"I wanted to do a film against love. It was just an idea.
In our films, love is always glorified but I wanted to do something different. And I wanted to do it in a humorous way.
I wanted to show how in love the whole concept of relationship can become troublesome."
Asked if he would like to continue the franchise in the near future, the director said, "It completely depends on the audience's reaction. If they will not like the second part, I will stop making the film."
The UP-born filmmaker started his career in showbiz as an assistant director to Suneel Darshan before making it big with "Pyaar Ka Punchnama", which stars all the newcomers. Luv does not aspire to work with A-listers.
"The films that I want to make somehow have the need for younger voice, so that my characters are more magnified and they are on the forefront. It's not a planned thing but somehow I never felt the need of working with the stars."