Film Review
Jawani Phir Nahi Aani : Movie Entertainment at Its Best

By Rafiq Ebrahim
Winfield, IL


Pakistani TV dramas, in general, have been acclaimed worldwide, while Indian dramas only cater to the uneducated audience who take delight in cheap comedy and lifeless incidents. The same cannot be said about Indian films. For decades Indian cinema dominated the subcontinent while the Pakistani film industry was submerged in trashes. The scenario changed dramatically when talented artistes and directors from the TV industry in Pakistan took over. They have rescued Lollywood from its deep slumber, and it is heartening to see Pakistan making remarkable movies.

The new movies are now being screened worldwide, creating awareness about Pakistani films and reaping rich financial rewards for the producers.

After Bin Roye, Jawani Phir Nahi Aani is the second film to be released in the USA and some other countries. Some years ago Shoaib Mansoor’s Khuda Ke Liye and Bol were released in the USA, but then it took a long time for other movies to make their mark and be in the class of international cinema.

Jawani Phir Nahi Aani is a movie that stands by itself in the genre of comedy, and is drawing big crowds at the cinema houses worldwide. The story rotates around three married men (played by the writer of the film Vassay Chaudhry, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Ahmed Ali Butt) completely dominated by their wives. In comes their friend Humayun Saeed, a divorce attorney, a trouble-shooter who delights in getting married couples separated. Being shrewd and scheming, he comes to their rescue. And what follows is a riot of comic sequences, punctuated with decent humor. The first half of the movie is all about the young people, while in the later half, Bushra Ansari, Javed Sheikh and Ismail Tara make you laugh to your heart’s content with their peculiar brand of comedy.

While the male cast has done well, it is the TV girls who provide glamour and charm. Ayesha Khan, Mehwish Hayat and Sohay Ali not only look stunningly beautiful on the big screen but have also acted beyond expectations.

And to sum up, one simply has to add that the songs and dances are a treat to watch.

It is hoped that more and more of such entertaining films will be produced in Pakistan to make the industry stand proudly at par with films produced in India.




Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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