Jawani (toh) Phir Nahi Ani – But you won’t get your time or money back either

Published: September 21, 2015

Performance wise, Jawani phir nahi ani belongs to Humayan Saeed, Ismail Tara and Javed Sheikh. PHOTO: JAWANI PHIR NAHI ANI FACEBOOK PAGE

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (JPNA), without a doubt, has been one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The reasons include its well-known star studded cast which includes Hamza Ali Abbasi, known for his controversial statements regarding the movie, Mehwish Hayat, who’s seen in a completely different light since the release of her item song, and Vasay Chaudhry, who is known for his inspirational tales. The movie also highlights heavy brand endorsements.

The movie revolves around three childhood friends, Saif (Hamza Ali Abbasi), Sheikh (Vasay Chaudhry) and Pervez (Ahmed Ali Butt), who are married and settled in their lives but are afraid of their wives. Their friend Sherry (Humayun Saeed), a divorce lawyer, returns to Pakistan from the US to meet them, only to discover that their lives are literally miserable because of their wives. Hence, he decides to take his friends to a boys’ trip to Bangkok to add some spice and excitement into their lives.

Photo: Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Facebook page

While in Bangkok, however, things get out of hands when Marina (Mehwish Hayat), daughter of Bichchhi Don (Ismail Tara) falls in love with Sherry and insists on marrying him. Sherry, on the other hand, has no such intentions and wants to leave Bangkok immediately with his friends. Furthermore, on the 11th hour, their secret is out when the trio of wives show up in Bangkok and raid the hotel they’re staying at. Sherry puts the blame on his friends by telling their wives that the trip was their idea and not his. This results in their wives asking them for a divorce as they had lost all trust in their husbands.

After a few months, the three friends come across the news that Sherry is getting married to Zoya (Sohai Ali Abro), billionaire Mehboob Khan’s (Javed Sheikh) daughter in Lahore. And this is where the movie gears up. It’s a comedy, yet full of errors and situational humour, which is an outcome of mindless confusions.

Performance wise, Humayun Saeed, Ismail Tara and Javed Sheikh stole the show. Sherry’s character is full of surprises and shocks, Saeed proved that he is an experienced actor and can carry the load on his shoulders. Javed Sheikh is the ace superstar of Pakistan; this is his fourth release this year, and he has been phenomenal in each of them. Tara is one of the finest comedians of Pakistani cinema. He is brilliant in every scene and has proved to be a spontaneous actor.

Photo: Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Facebook page

Out of Vasay Chaudhry, Ahmed Butt and Hamza Abbasi, Chaudhry has funny one-liners and his comical expressions are similar to the renowned late Indian actor Mehmood. Butt is still earnest but performed very well. On the other hand, Abbasi wasn’t extraordinary at all; his representation was average. After Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and Waar, the viewers expect him to showcase some talent, rather than just look cool on screen.

Photo: Screenshot

Sohai Ali Abro and Mehwish Hayat’s performances were praiseworthy. However, I felt Bushra Ansari was too loud; she continues to reflect her previous characters such as Saima Chaudhry and Bijli. We now await her to reveal some versatility in her performance.

Photo: Screenshot

The songs can be enjoyed in parties and weddings as they are certainly upbeat, but they fail to become memorable once you leave the theater. Those looking for catchy lyrics and hummable melodies will be disappointed. Fair n lovely ka jalwa is simply weird; I felt that it lacked tune. Aaj phir khul jaye botal is peppy but badly choreographed. Moreover, Aisa jhor hai features the inspirational tune from 1979’s Bollywood blockbuster Nauker’s song Pallu Latke re maro.

The script is mediocre in terms of dialogue. There are a few one-liners which are unique but the rest are predictable and clichéd. Bits and pieces of the movie remind me of various Indian movies, such as MastiNo EntryLife Partner and Housefull, but it’s not an exact imitation of either of them.

Photo: Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Facebook page

The movie is more of a senseless comic flick far from reality. Hence it’s advisable to leave your mind outside the cinema hall.

Perhaps the movie will do well solely because it’s an Eid release and has no fierce competition. The producers Salman Iqbal, Humayan Saeed and Jerjees Seja may enjoy hefty revenues. And Nadeem Baig as the director may continue to attract stylised senseless comedies in the near future.

I would rate this movie 2.5 out of five.

Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at www.shafiqsiddiqui.com and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (twitter.com/shafiqulhasan81)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Krranti 2020

    Waste of money and time. I didn’t pay money to watch the movie but I want refunds.Recommend

  • Conservative Caitlyn

    Some Pakistani films are copying the Bollywood masala films and Bol;ywood is copying the C Grade Hollywood films ?Recommend

  • vinsin

    Hamza Ali Abbasi is working in kind of films that he opposed. Shooting in Thailand is against TNT, better to do it in UAE, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia etc.Recommend

  • Unum Shafiq

    On the spot review.Recommend

  • http://wwwdramapakistani.net/ Sadaf

    thank you for an honest review . The way people are pretending this is the greatest thing since sliced bread is unbelievable . It looked like a brainless comedy from the trailers , so no surprise but what is really annoying is the fact that it seems to have snipped together every cliche or scene the writer liked from other movies Hollywood or Bollywood . Khair they will be raking in a lot of cash I am sure .Recommend

  • Banthefilth

    The People who want india in Pakistan should support this filthy Master piece..,, The reason we are the nation cant think anything besides man and women and chickflick …. I believe as long as dirty minded director writers and actors are in this industry it cant deliver… And industry revival will become devastation to nation….Recommend

  • MachoMan

    Dont worry as long as there is humayun saeed type of people,,, He will definate give tough time to mallu B grade movies…!!Recommend

  • Peasant

    Movies like “Moor” and “Manto” are Pakistan Films.

    JPNA, Wrong Number, KSL etc are mere imitations and will go down the drain. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that such movies don’t destroy the young industry.Recommend

  • Parvez

    One mans ‘ filth ‘ could be another mans ‘ entertainment ‘……….who are you to judge ?. Possibly keeping an open mind and being tolerant and patient will allow ‘ bad ‘ cinema to be replaced with ‘ better ‘ cinema….its an evolutionary process.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Labeling entertainment as ‘ filth ‘………is a bit extreme.Recommend

  • Zainab Khatib

    Ye Jawaani Phir Nahi Aani and neither our paisa would be returned.
    Such a senseless and filthy comedy.
    Specially look at our ‘molaana’ Hamza Ali Abbasi who raised his finger over the item songs being produced Recommend

  • Saqib Hussain

    Such a pathetic review , If people can watch bollywood movies like Masti, Housefull , No Entry ,etc then why not this one .. This movie is full of entertainment , you will laugh from first to the last scene of the movie . Even the people around me here in Dubai have watched the movie with bunch of praises . Every Pakistani here suggesting each other to go for the movie . The Author of the blog is such an idiot who is expecting a masterpiece form a struggling Pakistani film industry . Lastly for all the hypocrites here, does the author is more versed with the cinema than renown director Mahesh Bhutt who has acknowledged the movie being a blockbuster .

    https://t.co/jYD9zn3ktORecommend

  • amir

    Excellent movie by Pak standards..pathetic review..u people see bakwas indian movies..hats off to whole team..full of laughterr and slapstic comedyRecommend

  • Alisha

    We go watch all the crap that Bollywood puts in front of you! But cannot appreciate an honest attempt but someone to bring pakis back to cinemas to watch one of there own. Every Hindi movie is a remake of some other! What great about that? So sad to read such negative comments! Go watch Ganpati bappa!Recommend

  • Aamir Afzal

    yes you’re right bro…indian movies suck the shit…Recommend

  • Aamir Afzal

    thanks for great comments…yes bro its time to support our people…indian movies have nothing but shitty vulgarity stupid acting and bullshit songsRecommend

  • tauha

    is this a movie from a muslim country?Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    From One Idiot, To Another:

    You are right, people can watch Masti,
    Houseful and No Entry because the content as per that time frame (when these
    movies released) was fresh and new. If you know least about the freshness of
    content then I don’t need to explain that. Only those laughed to this movie “that
    hard” who have not seen movies like these in past, the subject is really torn
    out and used a dozen times. It has its fair share of laughter, but from 1st
    to last scene only those can laugh who have limited exposure to cinema (both
    Paki & Indi).

    Praising a movie, supporting film industry and
    reviewing a movie free from biasness are all different things. If you are
    slightly aware of the understanding of what a “Movie Review” is then you might
    not have expressed your opinion like this. Is it idiotic to expect a sound and
    impressive piece of work from an ailing or developing industry? If you read the
    concluding part of the review, you’ll realize that I already mentioned that the
    movie would do great at the box office. As far as Mahesh Bhatt’s comment is
    concerned, there’s a thing called COURTESY ENDORSEMENT. If I call a guest at my
    house and offer him even stale food, it’s considered as the guest’s courtesy to
    say “It was a nice meal” – that’s hint.Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    Thank God, someone appreciated the Honest Review.Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    Why do we need to specifically state “Pak Standard”? Don’t you want Pak standard to be improved? if you are a professional and work in the office, does your mediocre attempt of presenting year end report in front of board members would be judged as per your personal standards? There are professional/industry standards. Come on, show some respect to your artists and don’t degrade them by labeling them “not-as-per-standards”Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    I totally agree to this!Recommend

  • Bruce Wayne

    People complaining about it being copy. Have you even seen it? This is the most original film in terms of comedy material I have seen in a long time. Literally laugh out loud from start to finish. I had zero expectations when I went to see it. But it delivered. Very good comedy. Last time I laughed this much at cinema was when I saw Borat. I don’t know if that tells anything about my humour or the quality of the films :p But if you want to be entertained then this is your best bet. Go watch it with an open mind!Recommend

  • Aafiya Gul

    but some people do think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread! I don’t think the writer has snipped scenes together at all. It’s a witty film, of course it’s not oscar material (it’s not supposed to be), but I honestly think it can give any bollywoof movie a run for it’s money. It’s a great precedent for our industry if you ask me. And perhaps it is fair to give it a 2.5/5 in absolute terms, I think the reviewer would’ve done well to highlight that this is a landmark ‘masala/romantic/fun’ movie in Pakistani cinema. We have been under the impression that we are better off making serious films such as khuda ke liye, shah, moor etc.
    And whilst our more serious movies are definitely great, it is great that we’ve been able to make a fun bollywood-esque film. I thought the movie was the greatest thing since sliced bread and I’d very much like to see it again. And that’s my honest reviewRecommend

  • Saqib Hussain

    “replying again , i hope this time you will allow me to write the truth “..

    Fresh???? Cmon !!!! The movie is even far better than the fesh contents of welcome back n alikes ….I m sorry but your review doesnot support your comments they are very much contradictory. Anyway the reason for your biased viwes is the movie was made under ARY banner and you write for Express group so I can understand the compulsions otherwise you could have crtized by identifying the flaws only rather using the headliner as “you wount get your time and money back bla bla” ..seems like there is nothing worth in the movie which clearly shows u have intent to malign it.

    Btw the movie has done record business of 7 crores on first 3 days ;) ….should we consider it a courtesy by the people ?Recommend

  • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

    1st of all, Reviewer always give review and than stopped for every thing. please check some bollywood sites where reviewer only give review and not allowed to argue in comments.Recommend

  • Shafiq Ul Hasan

    Who said Welcome Back is some kind of great entertainer? Anyway, the movie did well because it’s a mass entertainer. Masses don’t appreciate brainers… or do they? 021 terribly failed at the box office whereas Na Maloom Afraad did great business… just because people prefer comedy movies. And by the way I did mention that JPNA would do great business… read again.Recommend

  • http://wwwdramapakistani.net/ Sadaf

    I did :)Recommend

  • S.rehman

    A truly pathetic review ,it’s extremely well made .extremely funny ,it has raised the standard of Pakistani films,top class humour ….far better than Bollywood …instead of praising the efforts the writer is busy finding faults ,people want to watch funny films and that’s what they have here …so there …!!!!Recommend

  • Seemab

    It’s an honestly pretentious review. I’m sorry but what were you looking for? The Godfather? Frankly it was a million times better than many bollywood masala flicks released nowadays. Self deprecating humor, breaking the fourth wall, and the hilarious imitations and pop culture references; there were many elements that one usually doesn’t come across in movies nowadays. Yes the music could’ve been better and some sequences were unnecessary/OTT but overall a 10 on effort and a definite MUST watch this season. The one liners were witty, intelligent and spot on. Vasay and team Humayun deserve a pat on their back. Can’t wait for the sequel.Recommend

  • Rashid Nazir Ali

    I do not watch Bollywood films, so for me it was new subject there has not been a single film made in Pakistan on this plot. The film sure has its own share of negatives but the way it is presented by the reviewer, represents a sick mindset prevailing in our society.

    The persons suffering from this sick mindset cherish every crap presented from Bollywood India, and equally criticize any effort of Pakistani film or drama makers. They watch the lowest D grade BWood films will pride, but when it comes to Pakistani films, they set their bars and standards high more than of Hollywood films. Their hate towards their country’s own entertainment industry is reflected in their reviews. And unfortunately ET has many such reviewers.Recommend

  • Muhammad Hassaan

    You’re absolutely right.Recommend

  • well wisher of people

    i don’t know why people become so patriotic in this case.i should say all of them stop using foreign manufactured smartphones and instead use their own country made phone ,same is the case for cars,laptops and any other products.world is shrinking and people are exploring mars but we still do not want to accept the reality that a man has right to chose what is the best in this global world.Its saying like that accepting this misdeed like eating donkey meat in deceive of Mutton as it has been done by Pakistanis.People get a life and accept the reality i would go with review of the film as has everything cliched from mediocre Bollywood flicks.People are supporting it on patriotic basis should have been double faced as numerous events in the flick endorse Indian cinema starting from name .Recommend

  • Marie

    look at the film name a sharp copy of ‘Ye Jawani Hai Deewani’.. even the name is written in same style.. we r tired of watching such bollywood movies.. if paki industry really wants to establish itslf bring something original to attract the viewers..Recommend

  • Marie

    the author has really done justice to movie.. it is what a review demands..Recommend

  • Raman Choudhry

    I dont know what u guys know about indian cinema.. but let me assure u.. masti might hv been a hit but no one likes it. After khuda ke liye..bol.. or even na maaloom afraad , i had really high opinion of paki cinema.. broke my heart a little bit knowing that you people also get inspired by films like masti. Must be an error in judgement :PRecommend

  • Ashhar Hasan

    Very poor review. Script is very fresh and some jokes and expressions are extremely funny. I think the writer didn’t get the jokes. It is understood that whenever you watch a comedy movie (even Hollywood) you should leave your mind and logics outside. Vasay chaudry and Ahmed Ali Butt nailed it. Great expressions from both of them. A must watch movie.Recommend

  • Ashhar Hasan

    I think you are trying to show that you are very intelligent and logical. :) Let me tell you one thing whenever you watch a comedy movie you should leave your mind outside cenima. This is not the best movie but surely a watchable movie and not a copy of any movie (no need to get your money back). Every story based on 3 married persons is not masti or hera pheri.Recommend

  • Ashhar Hasan

    People who are pretending this to be the greatest movie are also wrong. and review writer is also wrong. Review writer is pretending to be a very strict reviewer with high standards. I saw girls laughing more than boys.Recommend

  • Ashhar Hasan

    You must be Indian ???Recommend

  • Ashhar Hasan

    Wrong Number ?? Seriously ??? I think wrong number is the best movie of 2015 including bollywood. Please get 10 KG of IQ with little sense of humour. Moor, Manto and Waar are very good movies but they are of different types. Wrong number and JPNA are comedy movies, you can’t have beautiful sceneries, deep dialogues and logical story in a comedy movie.Recommend

  • Ashhar Hasan

    Finally a perfect review. Agreed 100%Recommend

  • Ashhar Hasan

    There are more than 10 to 12 films including name “Jawani” and “Dewani” .. Name is also written in different style, google it. Have you watched movie?Recommend

  • Najeeb Shah

    The movie sucked , simple as that , Bollywood movies are another thing ,but people starting to make shit movies like this here is unacceptableRecommend